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The Burning Dirty Band w/ Viva la Muerte
Bright Box Theater
Winchester, VA
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The Burning Dirty Band w/ Viva la Muerte
Winter solstice. The longest night of the year. Afraid of the dark? Maybe you should be. The Burning Dirty Band teams up with North Carolina's Viva La Muerte to provide the remedy for yet another bland, badly-sweatered Christmas party. No Bing Crosby or sugar cookies at this shindig, kids.

Since the spring of 2000, the Burning Dirty Band has been restlessly experimenting in Virginia's valley country, proudly crafting a distinctive rock sound as trends have risen and faded in the meantime. Original songwriting has always been the focus, and thirteen years together has sharpened their senses and fostered a tightly knit group dynamic that can only come with such extensive experience. The thumping kick-drum heartbeat of rhythm and blues. The ferocious snarl of punk. The soundwave-warping surrealism of electronic music. The keen wit and genre-bending of so many of  their musical heroes: David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, The Clash, Pavement, Beck. They've distilled all of these influences into an original blend and allowed it to age for thirteen years. Now it's time to party!

Imagine Wilco meets The Grateful Dead, some country on top, songs about love in a time of war, souls shaking free of their ghosts

Recently signed by Ex Umbra records, Viva la Muerte was founded in 2005. Loosely translated, the name "Viva la Muerte" means "Live the Dead" "Long Live Death," or "Long Live the Dead," suggesting a love of ghosts and a desire to keep them alive, a dangerous/obsessive nostalgia, or maybe just that Blakean/Samurai/Taoist wisdom that knows the key to one thing is in understanding its opposite.

VLM draws from a wide variety of influences, including another band that took a fancy to the paradox of finding life in death: The Grateful Dead. Like the Dead, they believe the essence of a band is found in its live performances, the ability of the band to recreate its music every night, not just play the same notes from memory. A short list of other influences would include: Wilco, Radiohead, Iron and Wine, Gillian Welch, Bill Frisell, My Morning Jacket, and Jane's Addiction.

Their first official release, "All the Birds" is about bringing back the dead, (and they don't mean zombies, but more so ghosts) the folks who have passed through their lives and touched them and won't, for whatever reason, leave them alone.  This is the essence of Viva la Muerte:  a resurrection of the dead so they might hear and feel their story as our own, and by truly feeling it in our hearts and bones, maybe we might just be inspired to dance and feel a little less alone.


Bright Box Theater (View)
15 N Loudoun St, Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Rock

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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