Happy Abandon w/ Cranston Dean

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We are beyond excited for this show; the reunion of Carrboro’s own Happy Abandon (with Cranston Dean opening). Check out their bios below and mark your calendars!

Happy Abandon is an orchestral indie rock band split between Carrboro, NC and Nashville, TN, consisting of Peter Vance, Jake Waits, Justin Ellis, and sometimes Alex Thompson. Although the members met as students at UNC in 2010, Happy Abandon didn’t form until early 2015. The band signed to Schoolkids Records in early 2017 and released their debut LP “Facepaint” to critical acclaim that August. The band has since toured extensively throughout the United States, Ireland, Holland, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“On its debut LP, Facepaint, Chapel Hill’s Happy Abandon excels at an ambitious, melodic dream pop that manifests traces of everyting from the baroque chamber moves of John Cale to the panoramic, widescreen vistas of Radiohead to the light burlesque of Rufus Wainwright. “ – Indy Week


Cranston Dean is a New Jersey native with an ancient New England soul. His music draws from Americana, folk, jazz, country, blues and pop to translate and transform the human condition into beautiful works of art.

Cranston’s solo tours have taken him throughout the Mid-Atlantic to Nashville and north through New England to the coast of Maine. In the summer of 2017, with the release of his fourth studio album, High Beams, he toured the West Coast including dates in Chicago, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, California, and Colorado. The album was named one of New Jersey music’s 17 best albums of 2017 by New Jersey Advance Media (NJ.com)

Educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a jazz pianist, Cranston is the 2017 & 2016 Asbury Park Music Award winner as Top Male Acoustic Act, and the winner of the 2015 Asbury Park Music Award as Top Multi-Instrumentalist.

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