Sports Bar

Sports Bar

Nana Grizol, Bad Moves, Instant Regrets, Cruzer

Fri, October 12, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

SPORTS BAR is releasing their debut LP and this show will be the 1st chance to grab one! To help celebrate the occasion Sports Bar has assembled this insane lineup that you definitely won’t want to miss with DC's BAD MOVES, Athens legends NANA GRIZOL, Greensboro's INSTANT REGRETS and RVA's own CRUZER!

Sports Bar
Sports Bar
“There’s two kinds of garage bands: those who’s musical endeavors are limited to practicing in their parent’s basement between rounds of bagel bites, and those that take firm grasp of the loud, fuzzy, rawness of the pre-digital era and channel it into the kind of rock n’ roll you can fuck, fight, or party to, or all three. Sports Bar is the latter.”

“When a song starts playing and the first thing I do is bob my head up and down and I think to myself “Alright!”, you better believe that I’m gonna post that sh*t.”

"Yes, this Richmond, Virginia band is called Sports Bar. Deal with it. They certainly #DGAF. And their raw, fast and outa control punk rock #DGAF either."
Nana Grizol
Nana Grizol
Nana Grizol, "Ursa Minor," Orange Twin Records

Growing up in the South, Theo Hilton found both lonely solace and wide community in music.
When he formed Nana Grizol in Athens, Ga., in 2007, he secured an outlet for expressing how confusion and constant pining became ingrained into a young, queer male in a small town. Despite Athens' liberal leanings and bevy of artistic collaborators, Theo walked in liminal spaces as a queer surrounded by straight people.

Nana Grizol's first two records "Love It, Love It" (2008) and "Ruth" (2010) chronicled that mixed experience. With "Ursa Minor," the first Nana Grizol record in six years, Theo Hilton is unequivocally certain about who he is and what he wants to say.

He's traveled and studied, moving from Athens to Seattle to New York and, currently, to New Orleans. Along the way, the role of social justice advocate came to suit him. Through song, he casts a critical eye on "Ursa Minor" to concerns environmental, like the effect of oil refineries in the Mississippi watershed, as well as how neoliberal policies chew up and spit out innocent human lives.

He's loved and lost and been reaffirmed. The new songs reflect an artist fully aware of what he's learned, what's changed for the better, what still sucks, and what, exactly, we're going to do about it.

On "Ursa Minor," a loyal cast of collaborators return to give wing to Theo's songs. Robbie Cucchiaro (Music Tapes) adds trumpet and euphonium lines that echo both the golden era of Elephant 6 recordings and the brass bands of Theo's current home. Laura Carter (Elf Power, Orange Twin Records) supplies secondary drumming, clarinet trills, and trumpet calls, a familiar cradle for new songs. Jared Gandy (Area Men, Witches), on bass and guitar, notches another year in a two-decade collaboration with Theo. Matte Cathcart (Area Men, Door-Keys), an ally pulled to Athens, Ga., from Bloomington, Indiana, rounds out the quintet on drums. Everyone, except Theo, lives in Athens. Recorded and co-produced by Andy Lemaster at Chase Park Transduction Studio in Athens, "Ursa Minor" completes a transition from 4-track recordings to big, clean production without sacrificing intensity.

In addition to themes of queer identity and capitalist aggression, the songs on "Ursa Minor" take cues from literary and academic tomes. Throughout the album's 12 songs, look for references and inspirations to works such as Cindy Milstein's "Anarchism and its Aspirations," Richard Wright's "American Hunger," and Carson McCullers' "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," among others.
Bad Moves
Bad Moves
Power pop band from Washington, D.C.
Instant Regrets
i was in a band call the leeves and jeff was in a band called dumpster and we went on tour together in a rented van up into the snowy northeast. while way too drunk after a show in richmond, va we ended up back at kemper from sports bar's house. me and jeff sat and talked about guided by voices for what kemper would either describe as "the entire night" or "way too long." fast forward to a halloween 2 years later and me and jeff covered guided by voices with a cassette tape as our drummer. then one day when i was hungover i went to jeff's garage and made up songs and recorded them over the tape with the drums from the gbv cover show. we listened to that tape a lot then decided to play a few shows. as all our other bands stagnated we decided to get real and ask kelly (of The Nondenoms), to play bass. at this point we stopped using a guitar in E and a guitar in C# and just used a guitar in D (Daddy Gone Cat Fishin'. Alright, Daddy!). and now we are beginning the recording process of an actual album. i think we are caught up.....
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220