October 30, 2017 | doors at 8:30pm
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Triple Ds presents:
Nikki & the Phantom Callers | Big Brutus
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Craig Brown Band
Detroit's most beloved bartender, cook, and ping-pong champion has gone solo. Well, solo in the sense that he’s put a firecracker musical act together and called it Craig Brown Band.

Craig Brown brings effortless musicianship and his damaged honky-tonk howl to the mix. This man has a deep love for rock n' roll. It's imbedded in his soul. It's in the way he moves, thinks, lives, and plays. Live, Craig Brown Band might look like they slept at the club, but deliver a surprisingly polished and tuneful sound. The good ol' boys in the band, Eric, Perry and Young Andrew hold down the bedraggled hillbilly-deluxe-meets-dive-bar-classic-rock, offset by the pitch-perfect honeyed harmonies of Drinkard sisters, Caitlin and Bonnie.
Nikki & the Phantom Callers
Welcome, and thank you for stopping by to visit. We are "Nikki & the Phantom Callers," a Southern Gothic Rock-n-Roll outfit from Atlanta, Georgia.

Nikki Speake is a vocalist and songwriter from Dadeville, Alabama who started writing dark country numbers at 16. Her first band was an all-girl punk band, Whistle Bait, from Auburn, Alabama which frequently opened for such acts as the Legendary Shack Shakers and the Immortal Lee County Killers. She then fronted the Auburn band, Virgil Otis, which was featured in Southeastern Performer and played the inaugural kickoff for the now famous Old 280 Boogie in Waverly, AL. Since moving to Atlanta, she has played in many local bands, such as Sioux City Sue, 30 Year Old Women From Mars, Shantih Shantih and Midnight Larks. Over this time period, she has opened for Shannon and the Clams, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, King Kahn and the Shrines, and Southern Culture on the Skids just to name a few.

She has been honored with a super group of Atlanta musicians, dubbed "The Phantom Callers," which include:

Anna Kramer//Bass and Backing Vocals: Atlanta's Sweetheart of Rock-n-Roll! Everyone loves Anna, and her music. She has been a fixture in the Atlanta community for over 15 years, she currently tours internationally as a solo artist, with her band, Anna Kramer and The Lost Cause, and as lead guitarist in Shantih Shantih. Her many noted performances include a duet with the band Weezer, as well as sharing the bill with a range of acts from icons, Ronnie Spector, Wanda Jackson and Country Legend Charlie Louvin, to Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Mudhoney and Tommy Ramone of The Ramones.
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Aaron Mason//Lead Guitar: Aaron Mason first moved to Atlanta in 1996. He was a founding member of the instrumental group Ocelot, a main stay of the Atlanta Rock scene from 1998 through 2002. After that he worked as a guitar teacher and co-conspirator with many of ATL’s finest until 2007. He disappeared to the land of Austin, TX until 2014. While there, he crafted his chops in all of the roots of Rock Music while hustling away in the freedom of lance world. After a few years back in Atlanta, Ga, he has re-established himself as a Georgia musician with Blake Rainy and His Demons, Timmy James & the Blue Flames, and now, Nikki and the Phantom Callers. Check out

Russell Owens//Drums: Russell hails from North Carolina, and is an all around great musician and songwriter - he can play it all. A few of his former projects include Batata Doce, Coma Girls, Mermaids, Dog Bite, Missile Command, Starfighter and Hawkeye Pierce. He currently plays guitar and shares songwriting duties in Roadkill Debutante, another incredible Atlanta band to check out.
Big Brutus
I have always been a firm believer that people don’t learn all that much about themselves when they are happy. More often than not it takes change, sometimes miserable, heart-wrenching change for true growth to occur. Relationships, once rosy-cheeked and blithe, can so quickly falter, turn claustrophobic, become toxic water to the mouth of the thirsty. Yet even as people go their separate ways, they are still connected. Few songwriters know this better than Big Brutus, the solo project of Sean Bryant. Throughout two albums of beautiful, memory-laden songs, the life-cycle of emotions plays a starring role. Melancholy, isolation, and despair make us recognize the pain we’ve felt before. In 'Backyard Song (A Dream Turns)', from his first album, '[Tiny Box]', released in March of 2016, Big Brutus reckons with the gulf between the expanses of nature, and the inner isolation of its viewer. What begins as a gentle song still as snow, morphs into a coda of fearfulness and anxiety. It’s a fantastic example of Big Brutus’ ability to fight artistically with isolation and melancholy, to lose himself in these emotions, and to come out stronger on the other side. Refreshingly, '[Tiny Box]' never succumbs to clichéd old platitudes about love-lost or hope-regained, but presents the bullshit and frustrating grey areas that make up a life lived.

“Sometimes you gotta let them go,” Big Brutus sings on the Appalachian-tinged song 'Louise' from his sophomore album, 'The Odd Willow', releasing on March 5th, 2017. There is the evidence of growth in these new songs, of acceptance, of unwithered passion. While acoustic guitar is still present, Sean has made more room for electric guitars, less angry than affirming. On 'Games for Nameless Things' and 'Bury Bone', Big Brutus presents his more hardened and scarred persona. These are undoubtedly fun songs, but they explore the residues of anger that remain no matter how much time has passed. 'The Odd Willow' finds the songwriter in new headspace, but still capable of producing gorgeous, endearing and emotional music. Whether good or bad, hope or loss, expansion or isolation, Big Brutus implores us to “carry it all back home.” It’s hard not to.