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Live in the Temple – Sunny War with David Sickmen & Stray Local
September 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles-based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting. Her restless spirit, a byproduct of growing up semi-nomadic with a single mother, led her to Venice Beach, California, where she’s been grinding the pavement for some years now, making a name for her prodigious guitar work and incisive songwriting, which touches on everything from police violence to alcoholism to love found and lost.
David Sickmen is the songwriter and frontman of legendary Americana band Hackensaw Boys. For the past 20 years, Hackensaw Boys have been a hard-touring force of nature in the American roots music world, bringing a punk ferocity to their stringband base and a powerful sensitivity to their ballad roots. Operating more as a collective than a band, Hackensaw Boys were around before the O Brother craze kick-started Americana, back in the old alt-country days. Sickmen’s a man who survived throat surgery to save his voice and endured any number of hardships over two decades on the road, but nothing hits harder than a crisis of faith for a man who’s used his own indomitable will to push past every obstacle. “I realized as a 50-year-old man,” Sickmen says, “I’m too far gone to stop. I’ve waited too long to have another career. I did a lot of soul searching, trying to figure out what Hackensaw Boys even is at this point with all the people that have come and gone through it.” Sickmen realized Hackensaw Boys was more of an ethos, a mission statement to raise a little hell, encourage a more peaceful world, and bring the music back to its roots in a working-class American vernacular.
Throughout the 20 years of the bands existence, Hackensaw Boys have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many amazing and diverse artists such as the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Rambling Jack Elliot, Cake, Cheap Trick, De La Soul and many more. Once they even served as the legendary country singer Charlie Louvin’s backing band for a tour. Thankfully, there’s no sign of the band slowing down anytime soon.
Stray Local is the husband-and-wife indie pop duo of Hannah and Jamie Rowen (a Lancaster native) based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The pair performs a bouquet of indie sounds punctuated by powerful vocal melodies, catchy guitar riffs, and vibey synths woven together with hints of their folk beginnings and pop sensibilities.
Since the band’s formation, Stray Local, has performed internationally in Germany, France, and across the United Kingdom and have recently completed their first coast to coast national “Run Wild” tour combining the couples passion for music and running.
When the couple is not writing or performing as Stray Local they are running the roads and trails along their tour route, competing in 5ks through marathons and even obstacle course races. They launched the Stray Local Track Club to inspire healthy living and an active lifestyle and love partnering with local run clubs throughout the country. They have been on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine and are currently Ambassadors for Brooks Running.