Kudzu Wish March 22, 8:30 pm
In The Crown at the Carolina!
with Old Heavy Hands & Totally Slow
After 7 years, 313 shows and 10 tours across North America, Greensboro, NC’s Kudzu Wish closed the book on the band at the end of September 2005.
Yet even after bass player Tim Lafollette’s passing in 2011 from ALS the bands punk rock abandon that was the essence of Kudzu Wish still permeates the memories, experiences and songs the band created during their time. In that spirit, the band has revisited their final recordings, originally borne out of a session to document their final days and never officially released.
In early 2016 guitarist Eric Mann discovered he still had the original studio files engineered by Nick Peterson at Track and Field Recording in Chapel Hill. The band enlisted the help of longtime Athens, Ga friends and tour mates Mike Albanese (Maserati, Cinemechanica) of Espresso Machine and Joel Hatstat (Cinemechanica). Albanese’s remixes created a grittier soundscape reminiscent of the band’s chaotic live shows and Kudzu Wish bandmates Eric Mann, Adam Thorn, Geordie Woods and Devender Sellars all agreed that their friend and bandmate Tim Lafollette would support sharing these final sessions with the world. As the band discussed the eventual release of these songs they also decided to come together one more time with a show in their hometown of Greensboro, NC.
For a few fleeting moments, Kudzu Wish is back.
Formed in 1998 by Devender Sellars, Eric Mann, Adam Thorn, Tim Lafollette, and Geordie Woods, then students at Greensboro’s Guilford College, Kudzu Wish quickly developed into a one-of-a-kind force, whose indie-punk anthems and unforgettable live show won over fans across the country. After a split 7” with FL’s And Sometimes I, the band joined forces with NY’s Ernest Jenning Record Co. who released a 2002 split CD with fellow NC rockers Disband, 2003’s Reverse Hurricane LP, and 2005’s En Route EP; a stunning swan song recorded by J. Robbins.
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They say appearances are everything, but in the case of North Carolina’s tattooing troubadours, Old Heavy Hands, appearance is a livelihood. The unassuming trio comprised of Nate Hall, Larry Wayne and David Self are crafting some of the finest southern music. Old Heavy Hands lives just as comfortably on the record shelf next to Willie Nelson or Neil Young as it does between Lucero and Wilco.
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North Carolina’s Totally Slow are a four-piece band working in the grand tradition of melodic and emotional DIY punk. The Wilmington Star recently praised their “ferocious and guttural…wonderfully loud songs,” while the U.K.’s Collective Zine nails it when they call the band, “honest to goodness, grown up punk/indie rock played with tons of heart.”
Totally Slow’s members are all veterans of Piedmont’s fertile underground punk scene, cutting their teeth in beloved local bands like Eagle Bravo, Rights Reserved and Torch Runner. They formed in Greensboro in 2012, and now feature drummer Andy Foster, bassist Greg Monroy, guitarist Chuck Johnson, and guitarist/vocalist Scott Hicks, who describes their outlook as, “The devil on one shoulder shooting spitballs at the angel on the other.”
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.
NC Sales Tax is included in the ticket price.
Guests can also opt to have tickets mailed to them for a $1 postage fee, or can pick tickets up at will call for no additional charge.
Please note: There is an additional $3.50 per ticket service fee on web purchases. To avoid this charge, guests can call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 336-333-2605 Monday through Friday from noon until 5PM, or visit the Carolina Theatre in person.