Mark Closs, The Michael Eakins Band, Bear With Me & Emily Kopp

TPHMH Showcase: 4 Bands $3

Mark Closs, The Michael Eakins Band, Bear With Me & Emily Kopp

Tue, December 18, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$3 at the door

Tickets Available at the Door

Mark Cloos
Mark Cloos
For fans of: John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Hootie and the Blowfish

As innovative as he is entertaining, with catchy melodies over unique strum patterns, Mark Cloos is a fun, laid-back yet wild musical experience ranging from simple songs to electrifying jams of love and memories. Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Mark grew up working at his family’s restaurant, Cloos’ Coney Island, which allowed him to meet many people within the music business which sparked an interest in writing and performing. After going to many shows from major artists to indie names, Mark decided to pursue a career in music and began teaching himself how to play multiple instruments including guitar, piano, drums and bass. He began to build his talents in early 2008 and started writing and recording with local musicians in the Raleigh area, leading to various shows, festivals and events across the region. Mark began performing as a rhythm guitarist for his first band till 2011, when he stepped up to become the lead vocalist. Apart from listening to all styles of music, Mark used strong influences from John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and Hootie & The Blowfish to create a unique styling of sound as he took the frontman position. Gaining momentum with his performances in 2009, Mark opened for Lifehouse at a NC State event to a crowd of 6,000 students and also shared the stage with Corey Smith at The Lincoln Theatre to more than 3,000. After continuous shows at many of North Carolina’s colleges, Mark played for UNC Wilmington’s Festapalooza as well as Duke’s Welcome Freshman event at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Other major events include performances at Midtown’s Beach Music series with The Embers to 10,000 people, as well as the headlining spot for Strut ‘09 in Raleigh’s Convention Center. Most recently, Mark and his previous group were nominated for a 2013 Carolina Music Award for best rock group, setting the bar even higher for his solo career. Currently working on his debut solo album, Mark looks at music with a fresh perspective as a singer/songwriter. “I want to make music that mirrors major moments in life, from a couple’s first dance to a person’s first heartbreak to taking a girl home and getting lucky.” Recording at Osceola Studios in Raleigh, Mark pulls influences from past moments in life and puts a modern spin on them with timeless messages. His humorous personality and cheerful attitude mixed with his musical stylings of motown, pop, rock and reggae will make for one enjoyable album that will challenge you not to smile and dance to what is expected to be a “jukebox” of a record.
The Michael Eakins Band
The Michael Eakins Band
"You were born an original why die like anyone else?"
Bear With Me
Bear With Me
Former members of the Alt Rock band Stereotype, Ralph and Jon, "got the band back together" and knew they needed some tight guitar playing... That's where Mr. Harris came in. Let the games begin.

For fans of: Muse, Foster the People, and The Killers.
Emily Kopp
Emily Kopp
Emily Kopp's musical beginnings started at a young age and continued throughout college in Orlando, FL where she worked at local music venue, providing hospitality for National touring artists. Much of her tenacity and knowledge about the music industry developed while cutting her teeth behind the scenes—working and watching from the sidelines. However, it didn't take long before Kopp was in the forefront herself.

With music dubbed as a marriage between "bluesy heartache vocals and pop songwriting smarts" (The Advocate), Kopp works in the grassroots-esque style of countless artists who she most admires. She has shared stages with Brandi Carlile, Michelle Branch, Parachute, Boyce Avenue, The Gin Blossoms, Marc Cohn, ZZ Ward, Delta Rae, Matchbox 20, among others. In October 2013, Kopp's debut full length release, “Serendipity Find Me” received an in depth feature in Billboard.com. That same month, she was also chosen as the BMI "Spotlight Artist”, with her album charting at #39 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.

Kopp strong sense of soul, lyrical knowhow, and pop sensibility never fails to speak to an audience. Whether it be alongside her band, or solo, her live show is versatile - from gritty vocals and electric guitar feels, to tender acoustic heartfelt moments and melodies. Emily Kopp is also known for her witty stage banter, and life long search for the perfect avocado.
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/