Adia Victoria

105.5 The Colorado Sound Presents: The Dope Queen Tour

Adia Victoria

Nina and the Hold Tight, Brother Sister Hex

Friday, 3/15

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$13 - $15

This event is 16 and over

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Adia Victoria
Adia Victoria
At a recent performance, the host made the mistake of introducing Adia Victoria as an Americana artist. Victoria leaned into the microphone with a correction, "Adia Victoria does not sing Americana, Adia Victoria sings the blues." From there, the artist let her guitar and powerful lyrics speak for her. After a self-released single that drew the attention of Rolling Stone and others, Victoria continued to dazzle and confound with her first studio album, Beyond the Bloodhounds. The album takes its title from a line in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Just as Jacobs sought to get beyond the reach of her master's bloodhounds, Victoria is always reaching beyond the facile notions of what a Black woman artist should look like and sound like.

Instead of following the model of the folks that she saw around her who had been worn down by white supremacy, poverty, and oppression in the rural South Carolina town she grew up in, Victoria set off to shape a life of her own making. She dropped out of school and worked a series of odd jobs. At 18 she went to Paris and then spent time in Brooklyn, Atlanta, and now is based in Nashville. Victoria is a polymath who studied ballet, acting, wrote poetry, before finding a home in the blues. It was when a friend gave Victoria an acoustic guitar that things began to click. "I fell in love with the practice, the discipline of learning. It was the first time in my life that I felt capable of learning and progressing at something." According to Victoria, this practice was a lifesaver. "I don't know if I would be alive if I had not found that. Had I not found this outlet of expression. Probably in prison or dead."

In the wake of Beyond the Bloodhounds, touring, press and enormous expectations a lesser artist would have just rested on her laurels. Instead, Victoria released two short albums that show the immense wingspan of her talent and curiosity. How It Feels is a French-language short album that reimagines French pop classics with a blueswoman's edge. Victoria returned to her roots with the EP Baby Blues, a trio of classic blues covers that first inspired her.

A mere two years after Beyond the Bloodhounds, Adia Victoria returns with her
second full-length studio album, Silences. After a season of dealing with others trying to define, claim, and name her art and artistry, Victoria went inward. "I found when I went back home that the thing that disturbed me the most was the lack of activity. Having to deal with myself once again on an intimate level."

Reading and literature helped her find her way back in. The title of the album comes from Tillie Olsen's Silences, which deals with the myriad ways that the stories of oppressed people's stories have been silenced over the years, even though they continued to create despite being ignored. "I struggled to write this album in a way that I never had to before. I took for granted I guess my freedom and my alone time and I felt that something had been taken away from me. And I felt like I didn't have a voice anymore. This album was the therapy that I needed to find that voice that had been silenced."

We find a voice in full holler on Silences. The listener is thrust into a completely formed world that opens with a twisted creation tale. "Clean," is reminiscent of the story of the Garden of Eden, but instead of withering under God's judgement for her shame, our protagonist announces that "First of all / There is no God / Because I killed my God." This bold act instills in her "The kind of calm I hope to keep." Any student of stories or life knows that this is can only be the beginning. A calm so deep must be earned along the way.

Silences is at its heart the mythic journey of a woman coming back to herself. "It's just very much this character is acting out from various oppressions. You've been held down, you've been smothered, and she reaches her breaking point." From this departure, the album moves her protagonist out into the world where she meets up with the devil and her own desires for her life in the uptempo rockers "Pacolet Road" and "Different Kind Of Love." In the next movement, we find a woman daunted and damaged but still resolved. Once we get to "The Needle's Eye" and "Cry Wolf" she's gained some well-earned maturity down in the dark of the world. In Silences, Victoria brings the topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the things that try to consume the very lives of women attempting to make a world of their own making to the forefront. The album closes with "Get Lonely," a plaintive, urgent ballad that our hero could be imploring to "get lonely" with a lover. Or she just as easily could be pleading with this new woman in the mirror that she has found along her journey to be still and marvel at all that she has created and survived.

Just as Victoria has been intentional about creating the kind of life that she wanted to live, she's done the same thing with her collaborators. The band has changed a lot like Destiny's Child since the first album, to get the perfect presentation and I think I finally found it. Victoria's guys are Mason Hickman- Lead Guitar, Jason Harris- Bass, Peter Eddins- Keys, Timothy Beaty aka Knapps- Drums, Chazen Singleton- Horns, and Austin Wilhote aka Willé- Horns. "No. This is the greatest possession that I have. I have a bunch of guys now that I've been with and they allow me the ability and the space to command them, to direct them. They have faith in me."

When it was time to record Silences with Aaron Dessner of The National who has also produced albums for Sharon Van Etten, Frightened Rabbit, Mumford & Sons, Local Natives, and more, Victoria remained hesitant. "I want to let you into my art, but I was so very, very cautious. And I just found that as a human being and as a fellow artist he had the warmth and the understanding and the respect that you don't come across too often in this industry. He opened his home and his studio to me and my guys and it was like there was no ego. We were just free to experiment and together and we got work done." With Adia Victoria's steady hand and fearless vision at the helm, Silences does indeed get work done. Of the recording process, Dessner notes, ""From the very beginning of our collaboration, it was clear to me that Adia's vision for this album had a cohesive and very particular narrative thread. It was incredibly rewarding to help realize it. The substantive nature of her writing and strength of Adia's lyrics really guided us through the entire recording process. Every sound and direction, whether subversive, experimental or leaning into a groove, it was all in service of her broader vision and the text. Ultimately, the album is both an incredibly personal narrative of Adia's journey and a powerful, broader statement of resistance."
Nina and the Hold Tight
Nina and the Hold Tight
Nina and The Hold Tight is a five-piece band hailing from Colorado. Lead by powerhouse singer-songwriter, Nina de Freitas, Nina and The Hold Tight began as de Freitas’ solo project and gained steam with the release of de Freitas’ 2017 EP, Spinning Towards the Edge. After a year of playing shows throughout their home state, the outfit made their debut as Nina and The Hold Tight with their submission to the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest which resulted in a feature on the All Songs Considered blog.
Since then, the group, (de Freitas, Steven De La Roche, Jarrod Gipson, Drew Greer and Nico Perez) has played many more shows including a critically-hailed main stage set at Denver’s 2018 Underground Music Showcase. Alex Kramer of 303 Magazine wrote of the band’s live set, “Through music, The Hold Tight supplies an inexplicable excitement and devotion that carries itself through your whole being.”
With energetic and emotional songs, Nina and The Hold Tight aim to elevate their listeners to a new level of feeling with every passionate note they play.
Brother Sister Hex
Brother Sister Hex
From Denver Colorado, BROTHER SISTER HEX unveil their highly anticipated 3rd EP 'End Times'. A multifarious, multi-perspective journey through the range of emotions and uncertainty that comes with the current time we live in. Propelled by singer/guitarist Colfax Mingo's soulful, mesmerizing vocals and thought-provoking lyrics - 'End Times' compelling sound is embodied by the complimentary dual guitars of Colfax Mingo and guitarist Patrick Huddleson; and the indelible rhythm section of bassist Drew Hicks and guest drummer Jordan Palmer (Plastic Daggers). Recorded, mixed, and mastered with Pete De Boer at World Famous Studios in Denver - 'End Times' will bring to mind touches of the downtuned, dusty, swampy vibes of desert, stoner, and sludge rock; combined with the bluesy rawness and attitude of the 21st century garage rock revival. Bolstered with the grungy, noisy, fuzzy tones of early 90s alternative and the layered, moody and enigmatic sound of Radiohead - it should appeal to fans of Queens of the Stone Age, PJ Harvey, The Black Keys, Early Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dead Weather, Soundgarden, and Radiohead alike.

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What people are saying about ‘End Times’:

"If you like your garage rock plastered with black lights, disco balls, and bong smoke then Brother a Sister Hex welcome you inside with riffs wide open. The distortion inebriates by way of metrosexual blues resulting in a tasty riff-addled EP of grungy bliss. Quite arousing if you ask me."

"End Times, which the band led into with the title-track as an initial single, is my first exposure to the band, but their high-desert-style rock is right when it nods toward Queens of the Stone Age as an influence. A little Songs for the Deaf is almost always good for the soul, at least in my experience. Definitely some of that vibe here."

"Coherent songwriting rests at the core of what Denver’s Brother Sister Hex bring to their five-song third EP, End Times, which darkens up Queens of the Stone Age-circa-Songs for the Deaf vibing on its title-track (also a bit of Kyuss’ “El Rodeo” in there for good measure) before delving into more ambient fare on the centerpiece “Confessions.” Vocalist/guitarist Colfax Mingo demonstrates SubRosa-style vocal command there, but the context is more rock-based, uptempo and straightforward as she, guitarist Patrick Huddleson, bassist Drew Hicks and guest-drummer Jordan Palmer (Plastic Daggers) meld traditionalist structures with atmospheric moodiness. Opener “Hey” offers a suitable greeting through hook and groove, and the shuffle of “Sweet and Sleazy” and the rumbling fuzz (Hicks makes it a highlight) of closer “News Feed” wraps with another grunge-style QOTSA melody efficiently drawn, shouting the question “what have we done?” as it thuds into its second half. Uh, you’ve made a professional-sounding, excellently-constructed EP that shows you’re more than ready to embark on a debut full-length, permanent drummer or no. So yeah, get on that."
"Brother Sister Hex, who hail from Denver, have recently released their 3rd EP, entitled End Times. The band plays a blues influenced, stoner rock style, and is one of the better bands that I have heard from Denver. The band is made up of members Colfax Mingo on Vocals and Guitar, Patrick Huddleson on Guitar, Drew Hicks on Bass and drummer Jordan Palmer. Each of these musicians is extremely talented, and put in some excellent performances in the studio whilst making this album.
The opening track, “Hey”, has a very bluesy feel to it. The guitars have a nice groove going on; meanwhile, the bass and drums hold everything down perfectly. Colfax Mingo has a great vocal style, and it really adds a nice feel to each of the five songs on End Times. This is the best track on the album in my opinion.
The title track is up next, and is another blisteringly great song. I love the guitars after the first verse, and they remind me of The Doors’ Robbie Krieger in tone, and playing. The entire band is on point with this one, and it is probably my second favorite on the album. There’s a riff that comes in at the 3:11 mark that is just fantastic!!!!
“News Feed” is another brilliant song, and serves as the closer to this killer EP. Lyrically, this song takes a jab at our society’s fascination with their Newsfeed. “The bathroom wall is cleaner than my newsfeed, Take it all in and watch my eyes bleed” is the most truthful thing I’ve heard recently. Just look at your Facebook Newsfeed and tell me those lines are wrong, you can’t, I’m sure of it because neither can I.
Brother Sister Hex is a band that everyone should check out, and dig into the lyrics because they all have a meaningful point to them. End Times is 5 songs of excellent, well-written material, and I actually wish it was longer than just 5 tracks. So, I’ll leave you some links, and you’ll go check them out!! Enjoy!!!!!!"
Venue Information:
Larimer Lounge
2721 Larimer St.
Denver, CO, 80205