Shush No More
Secret’s Out! An evening of creativity
By Christie MathernePosted May 25, 2011
Can you keep a secret? Jonathan Tillman couldn’t.
It’s not a secret best kept, though – Tillman, the invisible, dedicated man behind some of the best local bookings in the city, was eager to share this idea with the public.
Rightfully so – the roster for the Secret’s Out! Art/Music/Food Fest is impressive, boasting seven artists, at least six food trucks, and four amazing bands, all of which have new tricks up their sleeves. Dig got the low-down on the cats set to exit the proverbial bag on May 28.
Twin Killers: Secret’s Out! will mark the first live performance the Twin Killers have given in six months. Their high-energy, hard-hitting sound paired with Jessica Ramsey’s incredible vocal talent has ben a major hit at venues like the Spanish Moon for the last several years, and that’s no surprise – their sound is clean as all get out. Their audiences are prone to dancing, but Twin Killers isn’t simply dance music. It’s unpredictable, straight-up, with extra rocks.
During their six-month break, they took some time to plot their course.
“We were just playing too much,” said Andrew Martin, guitarist for Twin Killers. “We wrote some songs [during the hiatus].” They’ll be playing some of those for the crowd on Saturday night.
Royal Teeth: Lafayette-based Royal Teeth have an album due in July that they’ll also be previewing at Secret’s Out!, and based on an early copy (called Act Naturally) sent to Dig, it’s not something you’ll want to miss – they have fine-tuned their dance pop into something uniquely them. One of the tracks we were most impressed by was their cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” – yes, it’s a cover, but covering The Knife isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do, and their version is so good, it’s chilling. They’ll be playing that one live, as well as debuting their new single, “My Donna.” Look them up on Facebook for a preview of the debut album, set to release on July 15.
Hawkboy: Hawkboy is made up of former members of Mandeville’s hypnotizing indie rock outfit As Cities Burn (who parted ways in 2009). The new ensemble makes wonderful use of Cody Bonnette and Aaron Lunsford, who started writing songs for Hawkboy while they were living in Nashville in 2009. The new project is more filled out and a bit darker than As Cities Burn dared to be. Secret’s Out! should be a fun reunion for them – Twin Killers’ Chris Lott played with them in As Cities Burn.
Hawkboy also has a forthcoming album, and recently released a single called “2-Bit.” Listen to it on their Facebook page so you’re able to sing along on Saturday.
Mobley: They’ve made several appearances in and around Baton Rouge in the past year or so, but they’re actually from Austin. You may have noticed a mass exodus to the Texan Promised Land, but these guys are about to pack it up and move to Baton Rouge. And that is really, really cool, because Baton Rouge will gain a seriously talented band.
On first listen, Mobley sounds like a five-piece, at least. There are only three guys up there, however, and all three are listed with an “etc.” behind their initial function. On stage there’s a ton going on, from a commanding presence to a crazy light show, and it’s all backed up by a set that will blow you away.
They’re also putting out a new album soon, and will be playing new material along with their amazing discography. Check out their website and every song they’ve ever recorded at www.MobleyTheBand.com.
In addition to the live music, seven different and severely talented artists will be showing work in a room just as big as the main studio. Grace Emden, Tina Bean, Jessica Ramsey, Sarah G, Kelly Floyd, Brett Bienvenu, and TJ Black will all have displays at Secret’s Out!. Many of them have shown their talents at Stabbed in the Art (first Friday of every month), Gallery Bohemia, Art Melt, and Haven Gallery, among plenty of others.
Food trucks scheduled include Go Ya-Ya’s, Latte-e-Miele Gelato, Taco de Paco, A Coffee Truck, and Curbside Burgers, with others possible and likely.
“We want to do this maybe twice a year,” Tillman said. As a city, we don’t keep secrets very well.
The event is taking place at the Shaw Center for the Arts’ newest venue: the Hartley/Vey Studio on the first floor. Last year, it was converted from a storage room with very high ceilings, to an acoustically-friendly venue with very high ceilings. One of the best things about the location is that it’s all-ages and smoke-free, yet there is a fully stocked bar right in the Shaw Center lobby for those who care to imbibe.
On Saturday, May 28, Mobley is opening up the show at 6 p.m., with Royal Teeth following at 7 p.m.; Twin Killers are next at 8 p.m., and Hawkboy closes the evening at 9:30 p.m. Art will be shown throughout, and food trucks will be conveniently parked along the alley behind the Shaw Center. Admission to everything is only $10. For presale tickets, go to www.ManshipTheatre.org. Presale is a good idea – the show is likely to sell out.