Monday, June 27, 2022

Grammy nominee Sylvan Esso brings dance and electronic rhythms to GLA

North Carolina musicians Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath make up Sylvan Esso, an electronica/dance duo perfrming at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on May 16. (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

WILMINGTON — The husband-and-wife electronica duo Sylvan Esso announced a stop at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater as part of their Shaking Out the Numb Tour.

They will perform May 16, and tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.

The North Carolinian artists performed “Ferris Wheel” on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday evening — the track from their Grammy-nominated album “Free Love.”

Producer Nick Sanborn and his wife, vocalist Amelia Meath, released “Free Love” (Loma Vista Recordings) in September 2020, after writing and recording it their studio, Betty’s, located outside of Durham, North Carolina. “Free Love” has been nominated as Best Electronica/Dance Album in 2022, following in the footsteps of the outfit’s 2017 Grammy-nominated “What Now.”

While released in the midst of the pandemic, the artists didn’t host a tour in its support. Rather, like other performance artists where locked down at home and pursued a virtual release with an art installation on their website, showing inside glimpses into the record’s making. During Covid, Sylvan Esso also played remote performances (Tiny Desk) and did a livestream concert series, From the Satellite.

The band was able to return to the road in 2021 and finished the first leg of its 30-date Shaking Out the Numb Tour earlier in the year. The next lef kicks off in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 11 and traverses 11 states with 14 performances, including a three-night stint at Historic Durham Athletic Park. Joining Sylvan Esso from May 19-21 will be Moses Sumney, Vagabon, Yo La Tengo, Indigo De Souza, Little Brother and Mr Twin Sister.

The band is also scheduled to play Wilco’s Solid Sound (May 27-29) and Rothbury’s Electric Forest Festival (June 23-26) while touring in support of “Free Love.”

In addition to renting out Betty’s to other artists looking to make records affordably, the duo launched its own record label, Psychic Hotline, with manager Martin Anderson recently. According to the label’s site, it focuses on representing musicians who pursue “radically artist-forward dealmaking, creative support, and innovative marketing approaches.”

Sylvan Esso 2022 tour dates:

5/11 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
5/12 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore 
5/14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues 
5/15 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live 
5/16 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 
5/17 – Charleston, SC – Firefly Distillery 
5/19 – Durham, NC – Durham Athletic Park
5/20 – Durham, NC – Durham Athletic Park # (SOLD OUT)
5/21 – Durham, NC – Durham Athletic Park @ 
5/23 – Richmond, VA – The National 
5/24 – Ithaca, NY – Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard 
5/26 – Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point 
5/27-29 – North Adams, MA – Solid Sound Festival
6/23-26 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
+ w/ Moses Sumney and Vagabon# w/ Yo La Tengo and Indigo De Souza@ w/ Little Brother and Mr. Twin Sister


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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