Cereus Bright

Good People Brewing presents: Saturn Nights

Cereus Bright

Carver Commodore

Thu. May 18, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Saturn

Free

This event is 18 and over

Cereus Bright
Cereus Bright
Cereus Bright draws its muse, and its name, from the night-blooming Cereus– a desert flower that only blooms at night. This beauty blooming from the dark is a symbol–of hope, beauty, and for this young Knoxville band, music.

In the past year, Cereus Bright has travelled the country opening for elite musicians from diverse styles–from the soulful harmonies of the Lone Bellow, the storied rock of Jackie Greene, the meta-modern country of Sturgill Simpson and the jam-pop of Phillip Phillips. Their performances feature a special brand of folk-influenced modern rock delivered with charismatic, harmony-driven energy. This fall, they will be on tour throughout the United States with southern rockers the Dirty Guv'nahs.

Their latest single, "Winds of Change" puts this passion and breadth on display. Driven by a rambling pedal steel line and strong melodies, the song is a new fronteir for the band, expanding from a simple acoustic groove into an upbeat mixture of folk, New Orleans jazz, and rock. It shows a definite step forward for the band, all while holding on to the fun simplicity of their past recordings. It is available for download for free from their website.

The band's origins are in Knoxville, TN, where frontman Tyler Anthony (lead vocals, acoustic) met Evan Ford (harmony, mandolin, electric). From its origins as a folk duo, they expanded when they met local Knoxville musicians Luke Bowers (drums), Matt Nelson (Upright Bass) and Jake Smith (electric guitar). Their production often expands to include violin player Kaitlyn Ferry and others as seen in their cover of "Staying Alive", which premiered on Paste Magazine and was featured on JamBase, Relix, and numerous other publications. They have also been featured on American Songwriter, Brite Revolution, and Live & Breathing.
Carver Commodore
Carver Commodore
Payton Pruitt and Phillip Blevins, founding members of the folk rock band The Bear & the Bride, felt the winds of change coming as they watched each of their other band mate's artistic visions and changing geographical locations begin to naturally dissolve one of the Florence, Alabama's most promising and energetic young acts; even after releasing their well-regarded debut full length album. These circumstances begged the question: should the two of them continue to carry the torch of the band they lovingly formed with their friends or forge a different path altogether? Deciding to lean into the tension of this question, Pruitt and Blevins carried on the name for a season. But during this process, a new creative instinct beckoned them to journey in a different direction, and in turn, their new indie rock incarnation was birthed.

Enter Carver Commodore.

Taking the name of Pruitt's enigmatic and superstitious great uncle, Pruitt and Blevins have christened their new vision with a sense of fun and brash southern charm to honor their band's namesake. Where The Bear & the Bride was forthright and direct about matters of life and faith, Carver Commodore kicks down the abstract back door and lets the ghosts inside dance in the backyard as the cicadas pop quarters in the Rock 'N Roll jukebox. Distilling their ever-rowdy live show into this new sound, they have simply used The Bear & the Bride as a launching pad for a brand new rocket that is steadily catching up to bands like Colony House, Alabama Shakes, and The Strokes.
Venue Information:
Saturn
200 41st Street S
Birmingham, AL, 35222
http://www.saturnbirmingham.com/