NC State LIVE Welcomes Zoe & Cloyd to Howling Cow Creamery | Culture
Husband and wife duo Zoe & Cloyd made their North Carolina State Campus debut this weekend at the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery. Located next to the Center’s back porch, the band performed on a temporary stage in the middle of a sea of pasture.
Attendees had the opportunity to taste NC State’s famous Howling Cow ice cream straight from the Creamery. Community members from the states of Raleigh and North Carolina gathered to listen to Zoe & Cloyd sitting on lawn chairs, picnic blankets or on the steps of the dairy itself.
The combination of live music and delicious ice cream created a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.
Abby Johnson, a freshman in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, attended the concert. Hailing from the Appalachians, she spoke about Zoe & Cloyd’s refreshing take on “old-fashioned” Appalachian music.
“I grew up in Avery County, which is on the Tennessee border,” Johnson said. “My favorite genre of music is folk music, especially Appalachian music. “
On Sunday, Zoe & Cloyd performed a series of songs that featured their version of Appalachian music. In a fun homage to Pack Football, Zoe wore red pants to the concert. Although Cloyd tried to convince us that they were burnt orange, we, the technician, appreciate the feeling.
According to them website, Zoe received classical training for violin and voice in her home state of Massachusetts. Her husband Cloyd is a 12th generation North Carolina with a bluegrass background.
“I really like any music that you can really hear from the variety of instruments,” Johnson said. “So I guess that would make it bluegrass. “
The music played by Zoe & Cloyd captivated both viewers and some dairy cows in the state of North Carolina. In the field adjacent to the dairy, a herd of Holstein Friesians (think: black and white) gathered at the fence to listen to the start of the concert. Bewitched, they stayed there until the end of the concert.
“I enjoyed the music the most at this concert,” Johnson said. “Hear the instruments that I don’t hear often.”
On their website, Zoe & Cloyd explain that differences in their musical education influence their view of Appalachian music. Zoe Weinstein imbues her voice and violin playing with elements of jazz and klezmer. The klezmer genre originates from Eastern Europe where it comes from the Jewish musical tradition.
Cloyd, on the other hand, is an award-winning songwriter with a mastery of several instruments. Now based in Asheville, North Carolina, Zoe & Cloyd have created four studio albums. The most recent, Rebuild, will be released in the fall of 2021.
Zoe & Cloyd, when not on the road, teach the Traditional Music Program at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.
“I would definitely attend more events like this,” Johnson said. “I really like that lesser known bands have the chance to show their talent.”
This concert and others like it are organized by NC State LIVE. Performing artists at LIVE events spark discussion and inspire community engagement. NC State LIVE selects these artists based on their connection to diverse communities and their commitment to incorporating relevant and authentic questions into their work.
For those who missed out on Zoe & Cloyd, check out the NC LIVE state website for a schedule of other musical groups coming to campus. Upcoming events include: saxophonist Laccia Benjamin and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.