Tonight, Peninsula Fine Arts Center gives fresh, original rock music a chance shine as Broken Mouth Annie, an alternative, mostly acoustic band from Suffolk, performs as part of the Art After 5 series.
One of the things that makes Broken Mouth Annie special is that it's style is hard to categorize. Fiddle and acoustic guitar are fundamental parts of the sound, but they're not part of the army of bluegrass-tinged acoustic rock bands currently marching around the nation.
There's a punk element to what BMA does. There's also lots of melody and a variety of moods, from contempletive to rowdy and beer-soaked.
The band's appearance at the arts center makes sense because there's definite creativity happening in the group's original songs.
This video -- while painfully blurry and shaky -- offers a nice glimpse of the band's sound. Play it for the audio and avert your eyes.
Hope to see you at the arts center tonight. Music starts about 5:30 p.m.
Here's the press release sent out by PFAC.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—A vibrant evening of live music by regional band Broken Mouth Annie, poetry and art awaits visitors to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Art After 5 event on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admittance is free, with donations and Pfac membership encouraged.
Broken Mouth Annie describes its musical genre as “Kind of an Americana and alt-country meets grunge meets lots of PBR sort of thing.” Led by Anson Morris on vocals and guitar and Victoria Hundley on vocals and percussion, the band members have cultivated their eclectic style through years of exposure to the area’s ever-changing alternative rock scene. “I’ve been playing in bands since the late 1990s,” says Morris in a January Daily Press interview. “Locally now, it’s a more fertile music scene than I ever remember.”
This Art After 5 offers not just fresh new music but poetry as well. The evening’s Poetry Open Mic, coordinated by Pete Freas and Shonda Buchanan, is open to all and features the poetry of Shakena Davis and Isaac Watson. Davis, a Hampton University English major and proud member of the National Guard, says of her work, “I strive daily to live the dreams once lost in life, be blessed and be a blessing to others.” Watson, a student from Virginia Commonwealth University, is an award-winning spoken word artist and performer whose first published book of poems, Something Inside Me, “speaks volumes about our younger generation, their ideas and their multifaceted experiences” according toWashington, D.C. psychologist Bronwen L. Millet.
This Art After 5 also gives visitors the opportunity to witness a woven fiber jewelry demonstration by artist Milica Decker, and to view the current exhibitions Linda Mitchell: Selections from Big Muse and Other Series and The 51st Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists before these exhibitions close on March 25.
Food is provided by Blackdog Catering, and beer and wine are available for purchase from La Bodega Hampton. All beverage sale proceeds benefit Pfac.
This is the third evening in the spring 2012 Art After 5 series featuring bands chosen by Daily Press music writer Sam McDonald. Art After 5 is sponsored by SunTrust Bank, with additional promotional support from WHRO and The Daily Press.
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, VA. For more information, visit www.pfac-va.org or call 757-596-8175.
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