Imurj Artist Member Spotlight Series
Imurj presents the Local Artist Spotlight, an event that showcases local artist members with a 30-45 minute set. John Tracy, the host of this event, says “the artist membership is designed to connect people to people, artist to artist. It’s about musicians, performers, and artists coming together to collaborate and stretch their boundaries.” Not only does this event allow artist members to perform, but it encourages other members to come out and support them, along with the opportunity to network and collaborate. As the crowd began to fill this evening, many of the faces were artist members coming out to support one another in their creative endeavors.
The most recent show featured Nat Howl, The Phacts, and Burban. Starting the show, Nat Howl kicked off his set with his bedroom-pop, indie sound. His song “Sweetheart” showcases his ability to pump the audience with the beats that were created during his time recently spent in China. Nat started making music in September 2017 after performing at a few of Imurj’s Open Mic Nights. With original songs like “Temptress,” Nat is able to create catchy alternative beats that show off his distinctive voice. Musical influences from groups like Radiohead, Glass Animals and Alt-J shine through in Nat’s electronic beats. As one of Imurj’s artist members, Nat Howl has found an environment that “gives him a voice and allows him to connect with other musicians,” along with giving him the opportunity to do live performances. Nat’s music can be found on Soundcloud, and you can follow him on instagram @NatHowl!
The Phacts, featuring Andrew Evans, Scott Parris, Matt Hooper, Logan Dinens, and Taha Arif, hit the stage with their “worldbeat mixed with jazz funk and heavy metal” vibe. The core members have been playing together for about two years, and started with very “humble beginnings,” playing at church and very quickly moving to frat parties. Their infectious jazzy rock sound spreads through the audience with beats that make everyone want to move with the music. As artist members at Imurj, The Phacts have been able to find a place that allows them to network with other creatives in the area, which helps them at performances by having larger crowds and more support from other artists. You can follow them on social media @ThePhacts!
Wrapping up the Local Artist Spotlight, Burban, featuring Dillon Glaser, Clint Crowther, Nick Ferrari, and Josh Burgess brought the crowd “pure rock and roll.” As a group of teenagers, Burban is able to network with other bands at Imurj, while having a great environment to showcase their mix of “rock and roll, heavy metal, and punk.” Burban’s natural stage presence comes through as the band jams out with their classic, distinctive sound. Performing songs like AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and Guns N Roses’ “Paradise City,” Burban showcased their classic roots and engaged the audience with jams everyone could sing along to. They also performed original songs like “She’s Hungry” from their EP “Shot of Rock”, which is available on Spotify and Apple Music. Their high energy performance brought the show to a close, reminding the audience this is a “band to keep your eye on.”
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WRITER: TORI TRACY