FRIDAY
November 3, 2017 | doors at 8:00pm
Sharing is Caring
Triple Ds presents:
LISTENER
Levi The Poet | Comrades | Everett
  • $13
  • $15
  • ADVANCE
  • DAY OF SHOW
Listener

Expanding outward from singer Dan Smith’s solo project many years ago, Listener has evolved into a cohesive trio through countless shows and time spent on the road. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the band is frequently on tour in the States and abroad. Playing to crowds around the world, the band relies on interpersonal connections and a love of performance to present a consistent, riveting set. Feeding off of this internal energy, a Listener show is full of hard hits, flailing, sweat, and an outpouring of Smith’s lyrically-dense vocals. Teetering between singing and spoken word, Smith’s delivery offers an open conversation and a nudge of encouragement to engage in the world around.

Inspired by a love for live music, the ever-changing nature of life as human beings, and an earnest desire to bring honest emotion to the stage, members Dan Smith (bass/vocals), Kris Rochelle (drums), and Jon Terrey (guitar) aim to immerse and include an audience in the idea that life can be lived meaningfully. Beyond the music, the band also embodies the DIY ethos so important to independent acts. From building community, ethical sourcing of souvenirs, and creating art that is actively considerate of others and the environment, Listener’s desire to consistently flex their head muscle truly sets them apart.
For their new record, Being Empty: Being Filled, each song is based loosely (and sometimes not so loosely) around different inventors and their lives. Not collapsed into simple A to B narratives, each track pulls from personal experience and historical context. Although raucous at times, the members of Listener understand that chaos can be tamed and being intelligent about writing a melody can sometimes deliver the emotion to greater effect.
"IT LEAVES US AT THE FINISH WITH THE FEELING THAT SOMETHING IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD, THAT SOMETHING CHECKS THROUGHOUT, SOMETHING THAT FOLLOWS ITS OWN LAWS CONSISTENTLY, SOMETHING WE CAN TRUST, THAT WILL NEVER LET US DOWN.” - LEONARD BERNSTEIN, ON EXPERIENCING BEETHOVEN’S 5TH

A performance artist and storyteller native to The Land of Enchantment, Levi The Poet has toured his way around the country and beyond with bands and artists spanning the full spectrum of genre, interacting with audiences in hundreds of venues - house shows to universities, dive bars to colleges, conferences, schools, festivals, churches and art spaces - throughout the country, with international performances as nearby as Canada, and as distant as New Zealand. Levi combines advocacy and artistry in a language that speaks beyond words. A language that resonates with life lived, universal. Ever a fan of truth and narrative, he has successfully woven the two together throughout his career in both autobiographical and fiction spoken-word storytelling.

Largely because of the personal transparency which characterizes his art, Levi joined American Giving Awards winning organization To Write Love On Her Arms to tell the story of his father’s suicide - a topic he speaks on often - in the hope of providing a sympathetic resource for thousands of individuals who wrestle with depression, self harm and mental illness.

The autobiographical truth of story narrated through writing and performance art is a powerful catalyst for engagement and sympathy where bullet points and statistics will simply never do.

"I am no Beethoven, and though Bernstein and I are theological opposites, I agree with his sentiment toward artistic excellence. It speaks a deeper language. It provokes a hidden chord."

Levi combines heavy issues of faith, love, sexuality, mental illness, addiction, abuse and identity with the contrasted brightness of pseudo-fantastical story and myth. His most recent album and first foray into fiction - Correspondence (a fiction), a Wes Anderson meets Herman Melville's Moby Dick mythology successfully funded this November at 140% of it's campaign goal - is the clearest example of that maturity crashing against the innocence of a children’s story.

And the story is just beginning. Perhaps you'll find your own [non]fiction in his.
COMRADES
EVERETT
show-flyer
Thu.11.23.17

Fri.11.24.17

Sat.11.25.17

Thu.11.30.17

Tue.12.5.17

Thu.12.7.17

Sat.12.9.17

Sun.12.10.17

Wed.12.13.17
JUST ADDED!