San Fermin’s third studio album, ‘Belong,’ marks a shift in songwriting perspective for bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone. “In the past I’d usually write through characters from books or movies, as a way to try to distance myself from what I was writing about,” says the Brooklyn-based artist. “As I’ve become more confident as a songwriter, I decided that I could drop some of the artifice and write something more direct.” In bringing a more personal slant to his music, Ludwig-Leone found himself confronting such matters as disconnection, displacement, and — perhaps most significantly — everyday anxiety. “Anxiety is something I’ve dealt with since I was a kid, but on this album I talked about it more explicitly than I ever had before,” he points out.
Gracie and Rachel
Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. Their music pits anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance. The result is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie’s piano and lead vocals and Rachel’s violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion. Though they make music as a duo, Gracie and Rachel together far exceed the sum of their parts. Like their stylized color palette of black and white, their instrumentation appears simple and spare at first glance, but there’s a powerful prism effect at work that brings us back to the concept of duality: their songs are intimate and expansive, questioning and confident. The nine orchestral-pop songs on ‘Gracie and Rachel’ tell a story that’s rooted in the truth —their truth — but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless. Their journey through adventurous youth and cohabitation is evident on their self-titled debut full length which was released on June 23rd.
Show off your alternate personality this Halloween at Samaritan Center for Counseling & Wellness’ Alter Ego Masquerade!
Alter Ego helps raise awareness of the need for mental health services in our community and raises funds to help Samaritan Center serve its mission to provide mental health services to all clients regardless of their ability to pay.
During the event, watch Alter Ego contestants perform for party guests as their favorite alternate personality and vote for your favorite ($1 = 1 vote).
You can also watch a special dance performance by DanceFX troupe, The Modern Pin Ups, enjoy food from local restaurants, beverages from Live Wire and a chance to win raffle baskets featuring gift certificates and merchandise from area businesses.
Tickets to Alter Ego Masquerade are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Each admission ticket comes with 2 drink tickets to redeem a drink at the bar or, turn your 2 drink tickets in for 2 raffle tickets.
Proceeds will benefit the mission of Samaritan Center for Counseling & Wellness.
Join Live Wire Athens and local Athenian freaks as we prepare and party for the annual Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle. Head to Live Wire Athens for the BLOCK preparty featuring LOCAL CRAFT BEER, FARE, AND LIVE MUSIC!
THE ART OF GIVING : art showcase benefitting The Giving Kitchen
Live Wire Athens and local artists are hosting an art showcase to raise money for The Giving Kitchen. TGK is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support for workers in the restaurant industry facing unforeseen injury or crisis. Our intentions for this showcase are to support the Athens Art community and bring awareness to the mission of this charity. All ticket sales will be donated to TGK while art sales will profit the respective artist. In addition to providing exclusive access to our local showcase, refreshments and live music are included. This is an all day event, so please come by to support your local community and our efforts to keep the art of giving alive.