Vortex Night One: Friday, June 27, 2008

by lydiasee

Hello Beautiful Night One babies! You are all so money.

Please use these images to your advantages, all I ask is for a link to my site (lydiasee.com) and possibly the occasional guest-listing so I can come shoot you more!

Black Eyed Susan, aka Emotive:
I have crossed paths with these guys enough times to know how kind they are, and how professionally driven and talented they are, as well. Their addition of a female vocalist, Elise Testone, to create Emotive, has driven their polished, finely tuned grooves to another level.

Weirdly enough, after living in the same city for so long, I have recently gotten to know the guys from strut a little bit, and I like what they do. There’s an explosive amount of energy and talent on stage, and they know how to put it to good use.

Josh Phillips Folk Festival:
After hearing Josh’s music long enough, (or meeting him on the street), one can very easily find a kinship with him, and you’re in. His songs are pure and good and have soulful, worldly roots with genuine sentiment. Folk Festival is an exceptional brainchild of Josh’s design, and I anticipate much more from this project.

Stephanie’s Id:
In one night, Stephanie’s Id has completely charmed me, and I don’t know why it hadn’t happened earlier. Stephanie Morgan’s voice is not only powerful, enthralling, and unavoidable, the support she receives, and the fun she obviously has, with her band make the package all the more irresistible.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the great fortune of seeing these guys, and now I remember why I have to see them more often. Spectacular arrangements, insane energy, communicative lyrics, they’ve got it all. The Seepeoples give the Northeast and WNC a good name.

Telepath has a unique sound which gets increasingly more versatile every time I see them. The trio play off of and with each other seamlessly, and they create smooth but epic tunes filled with multi-faceted jams that seem all too effortless.

Toubab Krewe:
Toubab has brought a lot of heat to Asheville. The Good Kind. As one of the first Asheville-based bands to amass as incrementally increasing of a fan-base, reputation, and public following (they were on NPR years ago), they’ve forged the way for many other roots, soul, funk, world, instrumental, and powerhouse acts from Asheville to be widely recognized. And they are still completely crushing it.