• 37°

Bands offer energy, emotion

SALISBURY — Despite being in a band in high school, Eric DiMarzio didn’t become a fluent guitar player until after he graduated in 2007.
“I was taught a little bit in middle school at Sacred Heart (Catholic School), then I picked it back up in high school, but I wasn’t really the guitar player for the band,” he said. “I learned from the guitar player.”
DiMarzio said he didn’t get serious about learning how to play an instrument until he left Salisbury High for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I realized I wanted to be an independent singer, songwriter and really pushed myself more and more,” he said.
During college, DiMarzio learned how to play guitar, drums and piano and started his own band called Eric and the DiMarzios, based out of Chapel Hill.
“I would describe our sound as very high energy folk music,” he said. “There is a lot of emotion invested in every song.
“It is very lyric-centric, but also very focused on music that’s fun to play, fun to listen to and fun to dance to.”
DiMarzio said he’s “constantly trying to draw influence and wisdom” from other musicians.
“The Avett Brothers, more for their content and optimism and somewhat for their style,” he said. “Mumford & Sons is another group that I really listen closely to for ideas.
“Really every song I listen to — pop, rap, country — I’m always listening actively for other kinds of techniques.”
DiMarzio writes the music for the five-piece band, which includes UNC students Kati Moore on violin, Will Wright on piano and mandolin, Chris Wright on double bass and Rushi Gajjar on drums.
They’ll be performing at Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater Friday.
DiMarzio, a Salisbury native who is now the choral director at Graham High School, is looking forward to returning home for the performance, which will be the third in the past year.
“Coming back is an incredibly rewarding experience,” he said. “I wasn’t much of a musician when I left Salisbury … so it’s great to be able to show my family and friends what I’ve learned, what I’ve accomplished.
“Salisbury in particular — and I’m not just saying this because it’s my hometown — always has really inviting, energetic crowds.”
Expect “a lot of energy and a lot of dancing” at Friday’s show, he said.
“I think the theater mantra goes ‘Always make them laugh, try to make them cry, always take the stage like it’s the last night of your life,’” he said. “That’s what I try to do.”
The Salisbury-based band Big Break will open for Eric and the DiMarzios at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“We play quite a range really, we play some newgrass, folk-type music and also do rock, reggae and blues,” said frontman David Myers. “Our music falls mainly in the rock category.”
Myers said the band will play a few tunes from their upcoming albumduring their 45-minute opening set.
“We’ll also be able to play all our favorite songs,” he said.
Myers plays guitar and sings alongside Alan Erickson on bass, Ashley Honbarrier on congas and Matt Burnside on drums. Erickson and Honbarrier provide the backup vocals.
Myers said Friday is the band’s first performance in the area in several months since they changing drummers.
“It’s definitely exciting for us,” he said. “I feel like we’ve switched into second gear as a band and we’re just kind of shedding a layer of skin.”

Contact lifestyle editor Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.
Twitter: twitter.com/postlifestyles
Facebook: facebook.com/Sarah.SalisburyPost

Details

Who: Big Break opening for Eric and the DiMarzios
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Looking Glass Artists Center’s black box theater
Cost: $5 at door

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds

Local

Salisbury Station one of several ‘hot spots’ included in NCDOT rail safety study

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, school considering options

News

Iredell County votes to move Confederate memorial to cemetery

Nation/World

Lara Trump may have eyes on running for a Senate seat

Local

Rowan among counties in Biden’s disaster declaration from November floods

Local

PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday

BREAKING NEWS

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked

Coronavirus

29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget

Columnists

Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury

Local

City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance

Education

North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person

East Spencer

Developers aim to transform former Dunbar School site into multi-purpose community development