When: Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. 2013
One in a Million, the name of this Friday benefit, refers to a person's chances of developing a chordoma. This rare cancer forms along the skull or spine and kills about half of its victims. With proceeds going to the Chordoma Foundation, organizers are leaning on local acts with wide appeal to help fuel research meant to change these statistics.
True to its Leonard Cohen-inspired name, Durham's The Old Ceremony concerns itself with poetic songwriting and a swill of sounds lifted from folk and rock. Delicate melodies build from acoustic guitar, violin, glockenspiel and organ, setting the stage for Django Haskins' vivid and emotional narratives. His tales aren't afraid of dark images—thousands of dead birds falling to earth on New Year's Eve, for instance—but there's redemption in the band's thunderous crescendos, too. Peter Holsapple, a key cog in The dBs' dynamic jangle pop, also plays. Solo, he delivers breezy tunes and lyrics that are pensive and patient, an apt appetizer for night's headliners. Sea Cow opens with restrained, pretty rock songs. —Jordan Lawrence