Doors: 8pm | Show: 9pm
Tickets: $12 Advance | $15 Day Of
• 21+ with valid ID
Blue Cactus, the North Carolina duo of Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez, make Dream Country: a blend of grit, glitz, groove, and twang that evokes a celestial soundscape of mid-century heartbreak and harkens comparisons eclectic and iconic as Bobbie Gentry, Fleetwood Mac, and David Bowie.
Their sophomore album, Stranger Again, released in 2021 on Sleepy Cat Records, nabbed enthusiastic attention from tastemakers including No Depression, American Songwriter, FLOOD Magazine, Talkhouse, and INDY Week among others. Following their critically acclaimed 2017 debut and a string of singles in 2020, Stranger Again saw the band taking their sound to an ambitious new plane, where country-rock and light psychedelia mingle, vocals soaring over twangy slide guitars and propulsive basslines.
Evan Stepp & The Piners
“Marrying an Americana ethos to roaring, punk-tinged country rock isn’t new, but Stepp and his bandmates display all the right instincts here. The song’s dynamics are never forced and their earnestness feels like a sincere part of the group’s identity. For what it’s worth, the image of Jason Isbell fronting a young and hungry Gaslight Anthem keeps coming to mind, so make of that what you will.” – Immersive Atlanta
“Stepp’s dulcet-hued, tenor voice is the perfect delivery vehicle for material that reaches deeply into the introspective recesses where hard lessons involving shame, naïveté, loss, and emancipation (if not redemption) lurk…A distinctive aura of ardent sincerity and brutal honesty emanates courtesy of Stepp’s relentlessly thorough analysis of the human condition. For all the raucous, exultant boisterousness conveyed by the music, the lyrical content conjures up either a confession between intimate friends or someone kneeling bedside in prayer — just like all the best country songs do.” – Creative Loafing Atlanta