Guest blog: The Listening Room returns Friday

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Steven DeConto runs The Listening Room at Mercury Studio.

The Listening Room is a music event hosted at Mercury Studio in Durham. Each month we feature a local musician or band and they play a (mostly) acoustic set in the event space. The set is followed by a time of discussion when the artist will talk about her/his music and field questions from the audience about their music, writing process, where they bought their pants, who their favorite Backstreet Boy is or anything you may think to ask. All events are BYOB and food.

The purpose of the Listening Room is to create a space for local music fans to connect with and experience local artists in a way that they would not normally be able to at a typical concert. The room is small, the event is seated, and only a small amount of tickets are sold to each event to create a more intimate experience between the artist(s) and their fans. This space also allows many artists to present their music in a different way so that it caters to the smaller venue. Sometimes rock bands play completely unplugged. Sometimes hip-hop artists rap a-cappella. Sometimes a single artist will use a loop pedal to simulate the experience of their entire band by him/herself. We have had artists of many different genres perform at the Listening Room and they all bring their own unique experience and personalities.

The first Listening Room of 2015 will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 and will feature the Durham-based musical duo Beauty World. Beauty World consists of Duncan Webster of Hammer No More the Fingers, and Leah Webster, formerly of Lost in the Trees. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. As always the event is BYOB. Come on out to see what the Listening Room is all about and hear some amazing music from Beauty World.

You can find more information on our website and on the Facebook event page. Also refer to those pages for updated info on tonight’s show.

Upcoming Listening Room performers

Beauty World | Feb. 27
Tommy Rau | April 18
Stephen Claybrook | May 29

Get updated on future Listening Room events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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