This past Thursday I went to see Bush Pt. 2 at Endeavor Studios. It was an evening long event with four performances of very different styles.
The first performance was of Lobo Marino, a local duo of “drone-vibing world-fused folk” music. The set for the performers was very vibrant with christmas lights dangling down from a painted dry wall, and then wrapped carefully around the stage space with a few simply props to provide shape.
The second performance was of a vibey, indie rock band with sentimental lyrics and creative harmonies.
The third performance was crazy. A duo from Seattle came through Richmond called Teach Me Equals, and Endeavor managed to get in touch with them. They had been on the road traveling for about three months, and were living off of donations and merchandise sales.
They heavily used sound sampling, and were extremely experimental with their string instruments. The man of the duo, Greg Bortnickak, was using an electric cello and was creating heavy rock, screeching, ear rattling sounds with violent string patterns and sporadic finger patterns. The woman, Erin Murphy, had a lovely voice that provided a nice home base to return to as the electric cello really took the audience off into a strange headspace. She was playing an electric guitar and was also participating in heavy sampling throughout.
The fourth performance was a performance art piece by a woman named Lotus. It was primarily an improv dance and music act with a single drummer dressed entirely in pink. Lotus herself was wearing a wedding dress with the front of the fabric cut off, exposing her bare legs. There was a blue, eerie light that was shining from the opposite end of the stage, which caused a long, dreary shadow to dance across the wall in synchronicity with Lotus. At a certain point in time, Lotus and the music stopped in unison, and she performed a monologue. It was very emotional and personal, and fueled with passion.
Overall, the night was exceptional. I was really intrigued by the dynamic of the performances, and found myself in deep conversation within the crowd between acts. I left feeling inspired to find more experimental performances within the Richmond area.