“…a mesmerizing mix of songs that can be hushed and calm one moment, and then suddenly dark and explosive the next.”–Robin Hilton, NPR’s All Songs Considered
stephaniesĭd makes music “for the darkness in you that’s trying to find the light.” The band acknowledges the struggle within each human being to connect with other people, authentically and vulnerably, and attempts to make music that conjures the ability to do so.
The band operates as a core trio made up of jazz and rock players who love pop hooks. Often improvisational, its members are dedicated to excavating new and deep musical moments each time they take the stage. Stephanie Morgan is something like a female “Jim Morrison at a ballet class” (Ed Schiffler, The Asheville Disclaimer); her voice is equal parts smoke, cabaret coquette, and “Bjorklike panache” (Bonnaroo Beacon), and she’s clearly a former gymnast born in Iowa and raised in Texas. Chuck Lichtenberger (keyboards) is a seasoned jazzer, masterful and improvisational on the keys, toggling equal nods to faves Ahmad Jamal and Van Halen. Tim Haney (drums) is a rocker. He’s Irish, loud, and proud, he cusses like a sailor, but he knows how to leave space to frame a melody, and he’s everyone’s favorite brother.
The band is often joined by a changing cast of stellar supporting players, who have spent years honing their respective crafts: Michael Libramento (multi-instrumentalist: Natalie Prass, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Floating Action), Justin Ray and Jacob Rodriguez (horns, Michael Buble touring band), Vic Stafford (percussion/album production, Toubab Krewe, Donna the Buffalo), Georgia Sinko (symphonic cello), Sarah Hurd (symphonic violin), and Caleb McMahon (trombone).
Live performances range from deftly focused, emotionally-charged journeys to infectious dance tunes. Connection between the audience and the band is paramount. The band has played hundreds of shows and are releasing their fifth full-length album, Excavator, in summer 2015, which they will support on tour through the spring of 2016.
stephaniesĭd songs have appeared in curious places. Showtime’s Nurse Jackie featured “Hey Hey Hey”, “Cold Cold” was featured both in a Weather Channel special about windsurfing and also in an award-winning short film called “The Red Helmet”, filmed in Switzerland, which traveled all over the world to the most beautiful mountainous sites with the Banff Film Festival. “Hey Hey Hey” was featured in a Cesare Paciotti Italian jewelry commercial with supermodels and will also be heard in an upcoming Sony horror video game during an ironic slasher scene. “Unmistakably Love” was featured by Paste Magazine and was also chosen by Shirley Manson in a contest for Bust magazine. “Cinematic” won an award in the International Songwriting Competition. Songs have spun on Philadelphia’s WXPN, NYC’s WFUV, NPR’s World Cafe, and many other college and AAA radio stations.
The band is proud to have been voted “Best Pop/Rock Band” in their hometown of Asheville for the past 7 years.
Doors 9:30 | Music 10. 21 and up.