Violet & the Undercurrents

Violet & the Undercurrents

Violet and the Undercurrents are Violet Vonder Haar (lead vox and guitar), Phylshawn Johnson (drum set), Carly Allen (upright and 5 string bass), Tara Vonder Haar (background vox and violin), Caitlin Lukin (cello) and Ruth Acuff (harp).

The Undercurrents originally began playing together in April 2011, and were half the size, with Ruth Acuff on bass and Phylshawn Johnson on drums. As Violet’s song list began to grow, she began categorizing her songs into several different projects and outlets such as Zorya, her Americana Folk band, with a stripped down acoustic sound, as well as continuing to play as a solo artist. All of these projects have resulted in the expansion and growth of The Undercurrents to make a clear distinction of sound and appearance between each of her groups. The distinction is definitely clear, and impressive in her ability to be versatile with her songwriting and performance.

There are several distinct and unique aspects to The Undercurrents. One that is immediately obvious, is that Violet has decided to continue the all-female trend, even with the expansion of members. Growing up, Violet was drawn to female artistry and songwriting, and was surprised by the small amount of all-female bands. She continues to have women in her group, to help encourage young female musicians to make music.

Another thing you may not see in many bands is the eclectic mix of instruments. The harp, cello, violin and upright bass, all add aspects to the sound in an unconventional way. You may be surprised at how well the instruments work together in an indie-rock space of sound.

The Undercurrents released their first single in January 2012, called “Runnin’”, on Johnson’s independent music label, The Nation of Love and are currently finishing up their first full length album, “Hour After Hour”, set to be released in the Summer of 2013.

We Live in Public formed at the end of 2010 in Columbia, Missouri. Founding members Jaeson Day and Matt Olson were looking to form a full band to record a new batch of material they had been working on. They teamed up with fellow musicians Zach Denison and Devin Burrow, and within a month the band recorded its self-titled demo. WLIP comes armed with the unique ability to play everything from intimate acoustic sets to full-fledged rock shows. Employing a spicy blend of rock, funk, pop and blues, the group relies on powerful harmonies, danceable rhythms and clever songwriting to entice and entertain its audiences.

Molly Dog

Previously known as Neon Knight; Molly Dog is a band based out of Central Missouri that plays a unique and original set.

Alan Loshbaugh/Peter Nash - Bass
Brian Nash - Lead Guitar
Jake Hanselman - Drums
Jessy Johnsen - Guitar/Vocals



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Violet & the Undercurrents with We Live in Public, Molly Dog

Friday, November 22 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Mojo's