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North Carolina based Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Neil Young, D’angelo to Lou Reed – for their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical.  On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.  Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 230 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.  On their 2017 debut Dream the Wheel Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that at times “sounds like a beautiful dream turned sudden nightmare.” (IndyWeekly)  The September 15, 2017 release show for Dream the Wheel featured three students of the Durham, NC nonprofit Kidznotes All-Star string ensemble, whom Ruiz-Lopez has helped to teach since 2011.

Violet Bell is currently recording their full-length debut, Honey in my Heart, with percussionist Austin McCall (Kaira Ba) and co-producer Jason Richmond.

Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez toured with Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, Steph Stewart, and Chocolate Suede, and composed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross has been a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and won Floydfest’s On the Rise contest, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Watch a Porch concert HERE

Doors open at 6 PM, show starts at 7 PM. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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