Mask Maker: Sandra Lee Hughes

9 11 2007

With her upcoming performance of Native American Coyote Tales at the Mask Center at the Little Five Points Community Center from Nov. 2nd-24th, mask maker, director and Decatur resident Sandra Lee Hughes has been getting a good deal of press lately.

First a Q & A with Creative Loafing a couple weeks ago: Gateway Performance Productions artistic director masks for Coyote Tales

And then featured in the City Life section of the AJC yesterday: Artist behind the masks

Finding Success at Eddie’s Attic

9 11 2007

Eddie’s continues to be a successful jumping off point for emerging artists…

“You may have yet to hear of them, but Carmen Keigans feels like she and her Atlanta pop-rock group I Nine “have won like the band lottery or something.” A mere three years ago, the foursome packed up their belongings in Columbia and moved west to Atlanta. “We heard that John Mayer played this place called Eddie’s Attic, so we went looking for it, and started playing the acoustic challenges and just hanging out,” recalled Keigans, just waking up in a Charlotte hotel Wednesday. One night, they decided to take the Decatur venue up on the offer to record their live performance for $20. That demo wound up on a computer that just happened to be playing when director Cameron Crowe was around. Crowe called and asked I Nine to record “Same in Any Language,” a song for his movie “Elizabethtown,” which ended up being featured in the film and on the soundtrack. And now Billboard magazine is hailing them as “one of 2007’s brightest lights,” their debut album “Heavy Weighs The King” is due in stores in early 2008 and tonight [Nov 8th] they’re opening for Train vocalist Pat Monahan, whose solo show is booked at the Variety Playhouse.

“A lot of times, you only get one shot in this business,” Keigans says. “And to have a live demo … take us this far, I mean, wow!”


I Nine’s website features a song off the groups debut album “Seven Days the Lonely”. Click here to listen. Lead singer Carmen Keigans kinda has an Avril Levine thing going on.