The Brain Cloud
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
DOORS: 6pm | SHOW: 7pm
The Brain Cloud is the brain-child of multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and vocalist Tamar Korn. Regarding the diverse influences in their sound, which could loosely be described as western swing, says Lichtman, "Western swing is a quintessentially American music a meeting point of all American musics that had come before it jazz (from ragtime through swing), bluegrass, Appalachian old-time fiddling, Tin Pan Alley popular songs, early country, Mississippi Delta blues, western cowboy songs By embracing elements of all those styles, the great western swing musicians of the late 1930's and 1940's formed something new and thrilling, and which happened to reach an absurd level of commercial success."
The Brain Cloud draws its inspiration from this fearless smashing-together of genres. Live shows are where the band excels. Tamar's voice is reminiscent of an old 78 rpm record, and she brings lively spirit and improvisational freedom to each song not to mention her jaw-dropping "muted trumpet" and "violin" vocal solos. And Lichtman, equally at home on mandolin, fiddle, and clarinet, leads the band's arrangements in a way that keeps the audience (and the band) excited to see what's coming next. That is, if the audience hasn't already left their seats to crowd the dance floor.
The band's second full-length album, Outside Looking In, was released in the spring of 2013 on CD and vinyl, and includes the band's first foray into original material, from Tamar's gospel-inflected "In the Beginning" to Lichtman's dirge-like "Trigger Blues." Special guest musicians on Outside Looking In include banjoist Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and guitarist Matt Munisteri.
In early 2010, Lichtman joined forces with Tamar Korn, whom he had known for two years as bandmates in the now-defunct, old-timey jazz outfit the Cangelosi Cards. Their mutual love of a wide variety of American roots music led them to form The Brain Cloud initially as a side project to the Cangelosi Cards. Since then, the Brain Cloud has performed at Lincoln Center and festivals throughout the Northeast, and has found success among the thriving swing dance scene in New York and elsewhere.
Bright Box Theater (View)
15 N Loudoun St, Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|