Chapel Hill Magazine January/February 2020

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Almost every seat was filled for Jess and Mike's Sunday performance in December.



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Grant Llewellyn, conductor James Ehnes, violin

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 Concert Sponsor: The Forest at Duke


THUR, FEB 27 | 7:30PM

David Danzmayr, conductor Natasha Paremski, piano

Lera Auerbach: Icarus Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

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January/February 2020

to both of us that we build something locally where we live. Mike’s whole idea was that it would be really low pressure, just a fun thing where we could let loose and try different stuff with our band. Nash Street seemed like the perfect place for that because it has a good, mellow, easygoing vibe.” During the first Sunday in December, Mike and Jess performed a bluesy-rock show complete with original songs from Jess’ latest album, “Back to My Green.” The couple and their band have had a residency at the bar since March and draws a consistent crowd. As they began their first set, music traveled through the walls, outside to the corner of Eno and South Nash streets. Mike danced his fingers along the guitar and nodded at familiar faces trickling into the bar. The excitement of the music amid the calm, relaxed mood, the friends and the family, the beers on tap and the dartboards waiting to be played – this place is home for many. As for those funky decorations? Well, they were recently installed by the venue’s sound technician, who goes by “Rainbow Cabbage.” “She evidently felt that a luau was appropriate for the postThanksgiving weekend,” Paz jokes. “Most of the time we are just a corner tavern full of locals of all stripes, enjoying a conversation with old friends or someone new, playing darts after work, watching a game or just chilling out with a friendly bartender.” That’s just who they are, pink flamingos and all. CHM

According to Paz What to expect when you visit Nash Street Tavern: u Regular shows on Friday and Saturday nights (8-11 p.m.) “We’ve had weekend shows without fail since day No. 1 and intentionally [feature] bands so that folks can have a good time listening, dancing and socializing.” u Acoustic-style shows on Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.) “[Tuesday night] definitely has more of a listening room vibe and was born out of so many inquiries from singersongwriters who are quite abundant in the area and are always looking for a fun place to play.” u Bluegrass Jam every second and fourth Sunday (4-6 p.m.) “It has evolved into a really great crew of regular and rotating players and fans all happy to pack chairs and stools onto the stage and share in a long-standing part of our musical community in North Carolina.” u Mike June & Jess Klein’s First Sunday Music Review (4-6 p.m.) “They are super talented local folks! They keep the shows fresh by bringing in other local and touring artists to play with them and adding different themes as well.” u Beer and Hymns Community Sing-along every third Sunday (7-8 p.m.) “One of the coolest monthly celebrations. I was a skeptic, but amazingly the room fills to capacity with smiling, happy people and a string band second to none, and an hour of pints and singing locals!”