Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present


Stop Light Observations, She Returns From War

Fri, October 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pm (event ends at 11:15 pm)

Neighborhood Theatre

Charlotte, NC

$30 adv/$32 dos

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.


The band came together in their current lineup in 1994. Based out of Charleston, SC they toured regionally, nationally and internationally releasing 4 studio albums (The Licorice Tea Demos - 1995, Magazine - 1998, Vertigo - 2001, Between the Dim & the Dark - 2004), 2 EPs (Buzz - 1997, Between the Glow & the Light - 2005) 1 compilation of early material (The Early Years, Volume 1 - 2001) and a live double-album of their final performances (Live at the Dock Street Theatre - 2006). Known for their eclectic mix of musical influences from ethereal chamber pop to guitar driven alt-rock along with high-energy live shows, they built a grass-roots following of devoted fans across the country. After over a decade of touring and recording they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Since then the members have focused their energy on pursuing new and exciting projects:

Jay Clifford
Jay released two solo records (Driving Blind - 2007, Silver Tomb for the Kingfisher - 2012) and founded his own studio, Hello Telescope, where he has produced records for artists such as Heather Nova and William Fitzsimmons. Jay has also collaborated with the Colorado Symphony orchestrating for artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Amos Lee and Ariel Pink for their Red Rocks concert series.

Ward Williams
Ward moved to New York City and has performed with various artists (Sara Bareilles, Alicia Witt, Vienna Teng, Brandi Carlisle among others).

Matthew and Evan Bivins
The Bivins Brothers' first post-Jump project was Cabaret Kiki, a neo-cabaret variety show with music. Kiki featured some of Charleston’s finest musicians (Bill Carson, Cary Ann Hearst, Nathan Koci, Ash Hopkins) along with dancers from Charleston Ballet Theater and many other talented writers, technicians and collaborators.

The Bivins then moved to Chicago, IL. Matt has been performing mostly as a stage actor with The House Theatre, City Lit Theater, Strawdog Theatre, Barter Theater of Virginia, and the Bughouse Theater.

Evan has composed music for the Giordano Dance Company and performed and recorded with various artists (Duncan Sheik, Cary Ann Hearst, Rachel Ries, Mar Caribe, Grit & the Double Knit, Andy Wagner).

Jonathan Gray
Johnny toured with various artists (Howie Day, William Fitzsimmons, Slow Runner, Cordovas, Post Cobra, Bill Carson, Josh Hoge, Crowfield) and has been teaching music to students of all ages at Hungry Monk in Charleston.
Stop Light Observations
Stop Light Observations
Charleston, South Carolina’s Stop Light Observations is the revolutionary four-member band whose rapidly increasing fan base has found them breaking the record for most consecutive sellouts at The Music Farm and landing coveted slots at Bonnaroo and Firefly Music Festival. SLO's most recent LP, Toogoodoo, saw coverage at major national outlets from PBS and Conan O’Brien’s Fresh Noise to Impose, PopMatters and Garden & Gun, the latter praising Toogoodoo as "a promising debut from the band, who have wowed audiences throughout the South.”

Now, following the successful release of Toogoodoo, and an ambitious year on the road in support, Stop Light Observations are poised to tackle their next major endeavor—an ongoing series of digital 45s, each with an A-side and B-side, entitled The Volume, which will disperse the band’s hard-hitting yet melodic songs in a more immediate fashion. At the center of the first volume is Stop Light Observations' new single, "Coyote." It’s a stunning, slow-building piano ballad that evolves strikingly through distinct dynamic phases, vocalist Will Blackburn's effortlessly toggling between a delicate croon and an anthemic howl. With "Coyote," the group distills its already potent arena-ready indie rock all the way through the song's powerful crescendo of an outro. Stop Light Observations may be blazing their own trails, but they want everyone to join them on their journey—fans, friends and family, past and present. "The Volume releases will ultimately be defined as a series—a voice for the voiceless. A podium for those who have yearned for the opportunity to share their own stories of struggle, passion, and love," vocalist Will Blackburn explains.
She Returns From War
She Returns From War
Charleston, South Carolina’s Hunter Park, also known as the “Swamp Witch,” is She Returns From War, a project that has evolved over the past few years from Lowcountry folk to a sultry, cosmic Americana sound. Whether playing solo or full band, She Returns From War lures listeners with haunting harmonies, poignant lyrics and wistful charm. From debut EP Coyote Soda’s primitive sound to the alluring draw of her 2015 full-length release Oh, What a Love, Park’s sound proves irresistible. Live performances, however, are where she thrives most. She Returns From War consumes audiences with colorful narratives and a seductive sound— inviting viewers into the madness and magic of the Swamp Witch’s mind. Making that connection is the heart of making music for her. “I love people,” she says. “I love being able to give as much as myself as I can, and I think when I actually get to interact with people, I’m much happier.”

A pillar of the scene herself, Hunter has shared stages with distinguished local and national artists, like Rachel Kate, Jordan Igoe, The Revivalists and Shovels & Rope — the latter of whom featured a She Returns From War poster in their music video for Mary Ann & One Eyed Dan. Hunter has also performed at several festivals, including Rockabilly on the Route, Jezeball, SouthSounds, Hopscotch and Spoleto Festival Finale. In 2015, Charlie Magazine featured Hunter as their cover girl, deeming her one of Charleston’s “50 Most Progressive” artists and highlighting her commitment to advancing the local music scene. Her success only escalated in 2016 when She Returns From War won Charleston City Paper’s “Singer Songwriter of the Year” award, from which she gained regional and national recognition. With a growing number of listeners cast under her spell, the future bodes well for the Swamp Witch. Best part yet, she’s currently back in the studio with Ryan “Wolfgang” Zimmerman, working on a new album that’s set to release early next year.
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205