Based around the catchy songwriting of their front man, Chris Carter, Venture Still blends thick organic textures with electronic elements to produce their take on alternative pop/rock. Formed in the fall of 2016, Venture Still’s music is the result of three close friends coming together to express their shared passion. Drawing from a spectrum of experiences, Carter’s lyrics embody the harmony and dissonance found in everyday struggles. Backing Carter, is bassist Rob Wiberg and pianist Elvin Holderfield. Inspired by bass greats like Victor Wooten, Rob provides funky slap riffs and creamy melodies that give each song a contagious groove. Elvin, a classically trained pianist and composer, lays down a bed of textures from piano to ambient pads.

Glass Cases

All long-time musicians and songwriters, the members of Glass Cases began creating music as a group in 2016, resulting in their 16-track debut album (released September 2017). The self-titled album has an overall darker sound, but it is balanced with softer and happier melodies. Glass Cases formed with the idea that emotions and thoughts could be instilled in songs, much like the concept of “glass cases” in the novel The Catcher in the Rye.

The song styles are mostly of two types: ukulele and bass driven, and guitar driven (both with supporting piano and synth). They combine the soulful elements of Americana artists such as The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers with the darker and heavier elements found in alternative bands like Twenty One Pilots and The Airborne Toxic Event. They are continually creating music and refining their best sound, and will record their second album throughout 2018.

Magic Rat is open from Wednesday through Saturday at 4PM, serving wine, beer, killer cocktails and not too bad pizza!

This is a 21 and over show

Venture Still

Glass Cases

Fri, Jan 24
Free Show