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Curses! It’s saints, sinners and ‘Contrera’-ness at the Willow Tree

Contributed To The Press • Feb 2, 2018 at 1:21 PM

The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Johnson City is full-up with music performances this weekend that spill over into next week.

On Friday, alt-folk band Annabelle’s Curse, from Bristol, will play with two-man band, Sinners & Saints, of Charlotte, North Carolina, beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show.

Members of Annabelle’s Curse are Tim Kilbourne on vocals, banjo and guitar; Carly Booher, vocals and mandolin; Zack Edwards, guitar; Travis Goyette, percussion; and Tyler Luttrell, bass.

As an independent band, Annabelle’s Curse’s fan support has been instrumental to their success. They have released three full-length albums; the most recent two, “Hollow Creature” and “Worn Out Skin,” were fully funded by fans.

The band has been a staple at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and has also performed at Floydfest, Rhythm and Blooms, Rooster Walk and Music City Roots.

Perry Fowler and Mark Baran, of Sinners & Saints, infuse their acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies and foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit.

Since the band’s formation in 2011, Sinners & Saints has been gathering a following of fans who turn to their music for a good time but find something more — an irrepressible optimism even in dark times. We’re all sinners and we’re all saints, and we’re all in it together.

Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies will play Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of the show.

Every now and then, Cruz Contreras steps aside from being the front man and driving force of The Black Lillies to do very special solo shows. And this will be one of them.

Come Tuesday to hear The DuPont Brothers, Sam and Zack, a sibling indie-folk-rock duo from Burlington, Vermont, at their first Willow Tree gig. Music beings at 7 p.m. with local support by Erin Dalton and Tree Hollow.

Tickets are $5 at the door. 

The Brothers have toured extensively, making festival appearances and supporting national acts such as Suzanne Vega, Pat Benatar, Johnnyswim, The Lone Bellow and more.

Thursday beginning at 7 p.m., Mal and Jerry, two open-mic night favorites at the Willow Tree, will offer a night of Gypsy jazz.

And don’t forget Open Mic Night on Wednesday, from 6-9 p.m. The sign-up board goes out at 5, for 15-minutes slots. This event is free.

For information, visit http://thewillowtreejc.com.

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