The goal of the Rooster’s Wife has always been to support musicians not necessarily in the common vernacular. Recognizing that a performance begins long before the first note is heard on stage in front of an audience, music at the downtown Aberdeen venue is curated to bring a visceral response to the hunger for more live music in our community.

To that end, the show on Sunday, Oct. 6, brings a fresh new album of solo vibraphone, coupled with an extensive songbook by a lifetime rocker of English extraction. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 6:45 for the general admission show.

Julian Loida is a Boston-based percussionist, composer and producer. His musical curiosity and open-mindedness have propelled him toward a wide range of sounds, genres and artistic endeavors. He has performed jazz, folk and classical, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, songwriters/composers and musicians of all stripes.

The thirst to participate in and experience this range of sounds is partly a product of Loida’s synesthesia. Music is a full- body experience for him, with sounds often invoking involuntary sensations of color, texture, or even taste. That falls right in line with the philosophy of the Rooster's Wife, bringing music that makes you feel, remember, and emote, even if the color and taste are not immediately recognizable as you listen.

A rock and roll lifer, James Maddock has been carving his unique path since the 1980s, when the British-born singer/songwriter kicked off his career with a raw, soulful voice; a storyteller’s sense of narrative; and the ability to blur the lines between folk, classic pop and rock. Since those early days in London, he’s ridden the wave of a music industry that’s ebbed, flowed, peaked and crashed. Maddock has stayed afloat throughout the entire ride, enjoying a brush with commercial success during the late 1990s, including a major label record deal, a Top 5 AAA radio hit, and a song placement on “Dawson’s Creek,” before transforming himself into an independent solo artist during the decades that followed. Bruce Springsteen is a fan. So is David Letterman. You will be, too, after this show.

The Rooster’s Wife is a community arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in live music to the Sandhills. Home base is the listening room of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St. Children are welcome with admission waived for the under 12 set. No BYOB, please; a full bar is available featuring Reverie Cocktails, and Southern Pines Brewing products. Dinner is available on-site. Check social media for menus. Tickets to this general admission show are $20 for members. Annual membership may be purchased online or at the door. 

For more information, the complete schedule, or to purchase tickets online, visit or call (910)944-7502.

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