Free Show with Rod Meloncon

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Free Show with Rod Meloncon

Lauren Calve

Sat · June 22, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

This is a FREE show.

NO Tickets are required for this show.

Seating is limited & first come first serve

RSVP is not required but is appreciated.

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Free Show with Rod Meloncon
Free Show with Rod Meloncon
If last year’s EP, LA 14, gave us a taste of Rod Melancon’s own darkly lit pilgrim’s path
as an artist and a writer, then his new full album release appropriately finds him taking
root with the title, Southern Gothic, as he takes us further into the light and darkness of
his own poetic vision based on tales of the people of his South Louisiana homeland.
The album is further evidence that confirms the arrival of an important new artist on the
horizon of the Americana music movement that has been sweeping the country charts.
Southern Gothic is a journey into the dark-and often twisted-night of the soul. It is the
restless yearning of a young, new South that has been represented by The Drive By
Truckers, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. With this fine new album, Melancon finds
himself in their company and ready to take his well-deserved seat in the congregation
as one of the finest Americana artists out today.

Just as Johnny Cash captured the Arkansas of his childhood and Springsteen brought
Asbury Park alive for millions, Rod Melancon has brought the sound and feeling of
South Louisiana’s storied towns filled with conflicted characters. The sound is driven
with a raucous blues that would make Lead Belly feel at home. Rod grew up in the
shadow of Angola State Prison where the great bluesman made his home for many
On this cycle of songs, that sometimes plays like stories of his favorite author, Larry
Brown, Melancon takes us deep in the swamp lands of South Louisiana, found in the
bayous and small towns along the parish lines and the borders that dwell with the native
sons of this often, unseen heartland where the stories wait to be told. There are ghosts
to conjure up in the night fires and bayou jamborees. It takes a special artist to conjure
up the soul of the land through song and story. It takes an artist possessed of a singular
vision: Welcome to the world of Southern Gothic. It is a world that is uniquely Rod
If the finest artists write what they know, then with Southern Gothic Melancon has not
only written what he is intimately familiar with, he also gives us a portrait of his love for
the land of his childhood and the souls he has encountered during his lifetime. There
are songs here that reflect the restlessness of the heartland (“Promises”) alongside
the In-Cold-Blood feel of the yearnings of a serial killer (“With the Devil”). Then, he and
producer Brian Whelan, change things up as they allow the listener to come up for air
on grungy raunch & roll rockers like “Redhead” and an update of Buddy Holly by way of
Bob Dylan on “Mary Lou.”
He and Whelan brilliantly segue the solid roots of rock ‘n’ roll and R&B into serious
industrial metal-fused psychedelic music on songs like “Lights of Carencro” and the
rage-filled anti-war anthem, “Different Man,” re-created here, from the Parish Lines
album, to new heights.
Southern Gothic represents the diverse experiences of an old soul inside the music of a
young new talent. On this album, Rod Melancon takes an unflinching look inside the
heart of Americana darkness as he stylistically drives deeper into the roots of his own
imagination nurtured in the badlands and bayous of his home.
Lauren Calve
Lauren Calve
Virginia native Lauren Calve is a Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player who has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. Starting with her days attending the open mic nights at the well-loved, but now defunct Arlington, VA live music haven Iota Club and Cafe, Calve became known for her strong, soulful vocal style and skillful playing. Seeing her perform, one thinks of Patty Griffin’s dynamic voice, Bonnie Raitt’s smoky aura, and Ben Harper’s unique slide style. She released her debut EP, "Between the Creek and the Tracks" in 2014, for which she earned a Washington Area Music Association nomination for Best Roots Rock Vocalist. Her musical compositions find their ground in the tried and true sounds of Americana, but their strength lies in how they go beyond tradition into innovative melodies, structures and arrangements that define their originality. Lyrically, Calve's concerns also go into interesting, personal territory, as she uses memorable imagery and meter to write about complex issues too little found in popular music, such as the contemplation of nature and its connection to spirituality, feminist responses to traditional conceptions of gender roles, and the importance of political consciousness in a democracy. She has become a mainstay at prominent local and regional venues, and is honored to have opened for artists like Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies, Charlie Worsham and Wade Bowen. In addition to her solo material, which she performs intimately by herself, with an accompanying guitarist, or with a rocking full band, she is also a member of D.C.’s exciting new Americana “super group” Run Come See. On the basis of her collaboration on original songs with the two other founding members of that band, Run Come See released their debut album in March 2017 to the praise of the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Listen Local First and Brightest Young Things. Building on the vibrant blend of blues, country and rock that continues to shape Calve’s musical vision, she is back in the studio finishing “Light Dark", her sophomore solo record to be released on March 9, 2018 at the Black Cat in Washington, DC.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024