On Wednesday night, August 3, one of music’s shining new talents will bring some eclectic ambiance to The Neurolux Lounge. Nashiville’s Adia Victoria is in the midst of her Me & the Devil Tour in support of her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds. Joining her will be special guests Ealdor Bealu, and Bijouxx. Tickets are only $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues.
Victoria’s musical introduction to the world came in the form of 3 tracks released over the past 18 months – “Stuck In The South,” “Sea of Sand,” and “Howlin’ Shame.” The music was quick to resonate and publications like Fader, Rookie, Teen Vogue and NPR.Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn.” Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s Rebellious Call.”
Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist offers:
“I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. She admits, “I don’t necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn’t the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I’m just ugly. There’s a brat in some of these songs, selfish, naïve, vengeful, but there’s also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood.”
Any forces that tried to tell the former ballet dancer/telemarketer/French major to play small, failed. Growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and raised in a strict, Seventh Day Adventist atmosphere, she knows about feeling less than whole. But following her inner voice, and creating a new life for herself in New York, Atlanta, and now Nashville (with stints in Paris and Germany) honed a self-assured voice that resists the outside gaze.
“I wrote this album as a memorial to my 20s. Those are tender years for a lot of women. It hurts. You get busted up in love and life. You make a lot of mistakes. You meet a lot of people who do you dirty because you don’t understand your value yet.”
Adia Victoria recently made her network late night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing “Dead Eyes”:
Come on out and experience one of the freshest new voices music has heard in a number of years.
Wednesday’s show also marks Ealdor Bealu‘s final performance with the band’s original line-up, which makes it an even more memorable event.
Adia Victoria with Ealdor Bealu and Bijouxx
Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016 7:30 PM MDT (7:00 PM Doors) – 21 and Over