Violet Bell

Violet Bell’s original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, rock, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.

Based out of Durham, the pair have played more than 300 shows in just over two years, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances. The two share a mutual love of psychedelic music, rock, hip-hop and R&B that, through what Ross calls “mixing medicines,” finds its way into their traditionally rooted music.

“She’s a songwriter, I’m a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and together our ability to meld those abilities and genres has been working well for us,” Ruiz-Lopez says. “The world of songwriting is a very interesting one as opposed to purely instrumental, ‘classical music.’ I feel like there’s an ability to have more space, so being able to combine those singer-songwriter qualities with orchestral technique allows me to create some interesting textures around the message, and together they become one.”

Violet Bell’s momentum also radiates from the experience of recording its debut full-length album, Honey in My Heart, which is set for an early 2019 release. Cut at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville in May 2018 with engineer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil), the songs were done live, without isolation or click tracks. Full of personality, the raw sounds feel consistent with the duo’s true selves as opposed to hiding behind studio wizardry. Risks were also taken through Ross’ lyrics, which explore such subjects as modern motherhood and her experiences with sexual violence.

In addition to crafting their own tunes, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez are both involved in music education in the Durham area, providing youths with instrumental and vocal instruction as well as teaching them about the realities of life for professional touring artists. Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage local communities of all ages in educational and inspiring performances and workshops.

This passion for education is rooted in a personal history of teaching. Ruiz-Lopez studied Music Performance and Music Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, and has taught with Durham nonprofit Kidznotes since 2010. He began performing professionally in 2008 with acts such as Jonathan Byrd, Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends, Sinful Savage Tigers, and Chocolate Suede. Ruiz-Lopez has composed and performed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. His experience in orchestrating and arranging allows Violet Bell to perform with orchestras, expanding opportunities for partnership across the globe.

Lizzy Ross studied music and arts entrepreneurship at UNC Chapel Hill. Ross toured nationally with Lizzy Ross Band from 2009 -2013, and as a solo act from 2013-2016. Ross has released three full-length albums of original music under her own name, 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.

Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as Americanafest, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Elizabeth City Potato Festival, Campfire Festival, Club Passim, the Rooster’s Wife, the Haw River Ballroom, Worsell Manor, Apex Peakfest, the Evening Muse, the Blue Plate Special, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

$10.00

Tickets

GA Seated || PLEASE NOTE: There is a TWO DRINK MINIMUM in the room.

Advance tickets are available online until 5:30PM, day of show. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at showtime

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