Local favorite Brand New Opry be back at the Davis Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 29.
The traditional bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online. Tickets also may be purchased at the box office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753. The box office will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 4.
Brand New Opry features an all-star line-up of some of the best musicians in our area: Whittington, banjo; John Culbreath, fiddle; Pete Corum, bass; Mike Wood, guitar; and Jason Wood, mandolin. The show will include some newer classics and the band’s most requested songs.
Whittington performed on the Grand Ole Opry and was a staff musician with the Arthur Smith Show. He has been featured on commercials and movie soundtracks. A former North Carolina Banjo Champion, he plays banjo, pedal steel, Dobro, and guitar with the Brand New Opry.
Culbreath has performed with such bluegrass greats as Vassar Clements and Mac Wiseman, as well as being a former SC State Banjo Champion. He plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo.
Corum toured with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass, playing at the Grand Ole Opry, on television and all over the United States and Canada, and appeared Off Broadway and in the movie Cotton Patch Gospel. He plays bass and sings.
Mike Wood began his career at the age of 14 as guitar player for his father and renowned banjoist, Al Wood and the Smokey Mountain Boys. His first major show was Bill Monroe’s world famous bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana. In the 1980s, he joined with mandolinist Herschel Sizemore to form the Country Grass. He also sings bluegrass-gospel with his wife and family band, The Wood Family Tradition.
Jason Wood, Mike Wood’s son, began playing guitar when he was 7, began playing bass with his grandfather’s band when he was 13 and took up his main instrument, the left-handed mandolin, at 17. He toured with Constant Change and recorded “The Song of the Mountain” with bluegrass legend Curly Seckler. He also has played with Audie Blaylock and Redline and The Band.
The Jan. 29 show is the second of three Brand New Opry shows at the Davis Theatre this season. The other performance is on Thursday, March 5.
Davis Theatre tickets make great holiday gifts!
While the box office will be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 5, you may continue to buy tickets online 24 hours a day. The Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St., S, Concod
The 2014-15 season includes eight performances January-May:
On Stage at the Davis
- The Steel Wheels, Americana
Saturday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., $34
This dynamic four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains marries old-time musical style with their own innovation. They are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage and memorable bell-clear four-part harmonies. They have won the Independent Music Award for Best Country Song and Americana Album of the Year. Tickets are extremely limited. www.thesteelwheels.com
- Jeff Little Trio, Appalachian Blues
Friday, March 20, 8 p.m., $25
Deemed the “Piano Man of the Blue Ridge,’ Jeff Little makes piano his lead instrument, rare in Appalachian or Americana music. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He is joined by Steve Lewis, a two-time National Banjo Champion, and Josh Scott, a highly sought-after bassist. www.jefflittle.com
- Mac Arnold and Plate Full ‘O Blues, Blues
Friday, May 1, 8 p.m., $26
Mac Arnold’s first band had James Brown on piano. He followed that up by recording with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. He co-produced Soul Train, provided bass for the Sanford and Son television show and played with Otis Redding and B.B. King. Now, by popular demand, the blues legend and his band are back at the Davis Theatre. www.macarnold.com
Other Davis Theatre Performances
- Brand New Opry, Bluegrass
Thursday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., $15
A thoroughly enjoyable evening of traditional bluegrass featuring Jeff Whittington, banjo; John Culbreath, fiddle; Pete Corum, bass; Mike Wood, guitar; and Jason Wood, mandolin.
- Jim Avett, Folk
Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., $17
Singer/songwriter Avett plays beloved country songs and his original tunes as he tells stories about his life. www.jimavett.com
- David Domingo and the Fuzzbucket Music Company, Variety
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p., $15
This contemporary take on the old-fashioned variety show includes ragtime, piano, country, gospel, folk, acoustic, R&B and alternative music as well as poetry and family-friendly humor. www.fuzzbucketmusic.com
- Sun-Dried Vibes, Reggae Rock
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., $15
South Carolina’s 2012 and 2013 Rock Band of the Year, this trio brings a fresh new twist to the reggae/rock genre.
“Paleface is a gem, a brilliant man…we’re inspired and ignited by his fire.” – The Avett Brothers
“A rousing showman… we’re lucky to get to get to see him play live.” – Creative Loafing
“Overdue for recognition.” – Nashville Scene
“Indie folk band with eclectic style and grace…funky, hip and even interactive.” –The New York Times
“Melodic songs with a sunny vibe while maintaining an edge.” – The New Yorker
“The pair shined a rare beam of sincerity…Paleface can turn the air in the room blue by simply opening his mouth. His words are gorgeous and bloody with heartache, and the effortless way in which he holds a roomful of folks captivated is a beautiful thing.” – Ink19
“Seriously, he’s the real deal and you need to check him out.” – Star News, Wilmington, NC
Paleface IS the real deal and we’re lucky enough to have the duo and the man – both go by the name “Paleface” – for a show at the Davis Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online and Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the box office, in person of via telephone, 704-920-273.
Avett Brothers collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Paleface has recorded 17 albums and influenced many prominent musical artists including Grammy-winner Beck. He is now touring as a high-energy duo with Mo Samalot. The two celebrated the release of their album One Big Party at Radio City Music Hall followed by a tour of the United States and Europe. Paleface, the man, is a prolific songwriter and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and piano. His performance at the Mountain Stage festival has aired worldwide on NPR and the Voice of America.
Paleface, the man, is also a self-taught visual artist who has sold hundreds of paintings. His main theme is music. He paints string instruments and uses words and lyrics as if he were “painting” a song. He participated in last week’s Art Walk, and we’ll have a display of several pieces in the Davis Theatre atrium the night of the performance.
For more information, call 704-920-2753 or click.
The December calendar at the Cabarrus Arts Council is full of fun things to do, including an opportunity to meet Santa, two great exhibitions and extended shopping hours at The Galleries and two performances at the Davis Theatre!
After School Cookies with Santa – Wednesday, Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m., The Galleries
It turns out that Santa likes art, and he’s going to be visiting The Galleries! Children of all ages are invited to come to The Galleries to meet Santa, enjoy cookies and look at the art. Visitors also may enjoy hands-on art activities, including the “I Spy” scavenger hunt, “Think about It” guided questionnaires and “Art Box” crafts. Make sure to bring your camera to get a picture with the Jolly Ole Elf! This event is free. For more information, call 704-920-2787.
Time Sawyer Performance – Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Davis Theatre
Charlotte folk rock band Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high-energy, entertaining show that has elements of folk, rock, bluegrass and blues. The versatile band has garnered a big following in the Southeast and has also toured the Pacific Northwest and Texas. It recently was selected for the 2015 version of the prestigious MerleFest, which bills itself as a traditional music festival. Time Sawyer plays mostly original American music, with an occasional cover of tunes by people like John Prine, Tom Petty or Merle Haggard. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online and at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753. For more information, call 704-920-2753.
Sip and Shop Seagrove – Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4-7 p.m., The Galleries
Enjoy a beverage as you shop for Seagrove pottery during these extended hours at The Galleries. Included are pieces from six of the most prominent potteries from the acclaimed North Carolina center for clay art: Crystal King, Dirtworks, Eck McCanless, Joseph Sand and Kings Pottery. Besides pottery, The Galleries also are featuring Discover Local, an exhibition of art by people who live nearby. Don’t miss the gallery shop’s one-of-a-kind items including jewelry and wood pieces. For more, information call 704-920-2787.
Paleface Performance – Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Davis Theatre
Avett Brothers collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Paleface has recorded 17 albums and influenced many prominent artists including Grammy-winner Beck. He is now touring with a high-energy duo with Mo Samalot, which celebrated the release of its album One Big Party at Radio City Music Hall followed by a tour of the United States and Europe. Paleface is a prolific songwriter and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and piano. He also is a visual artist, and some of his original artwork will be on display in the Davis Theatre atrium! Tickets are $15 may be purchased online and at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-2753.
Discover Local and Shop Seagrove – Through Dec. 18, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Experience beautiful artwork and do all your holiday shopping at The Galleries. Discover Local showcases works by 12 artists: Regina Calton Burchett, Robert Alvin Crum, John Dunlap, Louise Farley, Rachel Goldstein, Allison McGowan Hermans, Patricia Nobles Jay, Paul Keysar, Jeff Pender, Jerry Measimer, Jennie Martin Tomlin and Walter Stanford. Shop Seagrove includes clay pieces by Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Joseph Sand Pottery, Kings Pottery and Pottery by Frank Neef. For more information, call 704-920-2787.
Charlotte band Time Sawyer, which will perform at the Davis Theatre in December, doesn’t like to label its music as any one genre because it has elements of so many styles, including folk, bluegrass, rock and blues. If you have to choose something, it would probably be “folk rock” or “Americana,” according to band member Sam Tayloe.
Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high-energy, entertaining show. The versatile band has garnered a big following in the Southeast and has also toured the Pacific Northwest and Texas. It recently was selected for the 2015 version of the prestigious MerleFest, which bills itself as a traditional music festival. Time Sawyer plays mostly original songs, with an occasional cover of tunes by people like John Prine, Tom Petty or Merle Haggard.
Time Sawyer will play at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S, Concord, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online and at the box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-2753 or click.
The band is composed of Tayloe, lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Kurt Layal, lead guitar and backing vocals; Houston Norris, banjo; and Clay Stirewalt, drums, auxiliary percussion and didgeridoo.
Jody Mace of Charlotte on the Cheap said: “Their music features great melodies, lyrics that stick in your head, and most of all a kind of ‘realness.’ If you like The Avett Brothers you probably know what I mean by ‘realness.’”
Pat Moran of Creative Working said: “Standing at the crossroads of rustic folk, mountain bluegrass and rocking alt-country, Elkin, N.C.’s Time Sawyer is a young band with plenty of old soul. They craft catchy, uplifting, not-too-polished tunes that retain the uncertainty and grit of daily life… the foursome is energetic — they’ve released four albums in three years — and musically mature, weaving banjo, guitar and harmonica into an easy-going, organic sound that seems to have sprung fully formed from the Yadkin Valley soil.”
And then there’s this review of the band’s Time for a Change CD from Dan Joseph: CKWR-FM 98.5 in Waterloo, Canada: “I have to say that this CD reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan. Strong, meaningful lyrics, simple and accessible melodies, and there’s even something in your voice that sounds like Dylan, except that you can sing. The arrangements are great! This is a fine CD.”
The biggest Art Walk of the Year will take place Friday, Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m., the same night as the City of Concord’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities.
The Art Walk, which is organized by the Cabarrus Arts Council, will include visual art displays, entertainment and other free activities all over Concord. A highlight will be the opening reception for The Galleries Discover Local and Shop Seagrove exhibitions. Two exhibiting artists will talk about their work and demonstrate some of their techniques: Robert Alvin Crum and Regina Calton Burchett.
A free shuttle from The Galleries will take guests to and from ClearWater Artist Studios.
A downloadable map can be found here.
The Galleries have a new opportunity that will bring together people who enjoy art, decorating and learning about how artists create their works.
The first Collectors Circle event will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at The Galleries, 65 Union St. S, Concord. Two artists from the Discover Local exhibition now on display, Allison McGowan Hermans and Robert Alvin Crum, will talk about how they create their art and demonstrate some of their techniques. Rebecca Collins, Visual Arts Director for the Cabarrus Arts Council which operates The Galleries, will let everyone in on The Galleries’ plans for the year. The event is free and includes refreshments, but registration by Monday, Nov. 10, is required; call 704-920-2787 or email Natasha@CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
McGowan Hermans creates her functional handbuilt porcelain in her Concord home studio. Her utilitarian forms are inspired by art nouveau architecture, patterns that occur in nature and the tailoring of sewn objects. Her pottery forms are highly textured and layered with geometric and floral patterns that create illusions in the glazed surfaces. She is the recipient of a Regional Artist Grant and has taught at Immaculata University, Rowan University and Philadelphia Clay Studio.
Crum, who lives in Salisbury, has a studio at 10 Cabarrus Ave. E, Concord. He is an oil painter, sculptor, mosaic and mural artist. He learned to complete large murals when he apprenticed under fresco painter Ben Long, and developed his skills as a mosaicist while studying with Italian mosaic artists in Rome and Mexico. He has created numerous large mosaics and murals in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Costa Rica and Mexico. He has received both an Emerging Artist Grant from the NC Arts Council and a Regional Artist Project Grant.
Discover Local includes works by 10 additional artists: Regina Calton Burchett, pastel paintings of earth and sky; John Dunlap, artwork from hand-manipulated Polaroids; Louise Farley, figurative oil and pastel paintings; Rachel Goldstein, documentary and narrative photography; Patricia N. Jay, metals/jewelry; Paul Keysar, classical, representational oil paintings; Jerry Measimer, woodturning; Jeff Pender, ceramics; Jennie Martin Tomlin, impressionistic pastels and watercolors; and Walter Stanford, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings. Shop Seagrove, The Galleries annual show and sale of pottery from North Carolina’s famed pottery town, is also on display.
For more information, call 704-920-2787 or click.
Shan “Shableek” Richardson, who calls himself a “saxophone evolutionary,” is bringing his band back to the Davis Theatre Thursday, Nov. 13.
The show will be at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre located in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse, 65 Union St. S, Concord. Tickets are $16 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online and at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753.
Shableek’s previous show closed the 2012-13 season and garnered a standing ovation from a very enthusiastic audience that has wanted him back ever since. Not only did the band play contemporary jazz, soul and rhythm and blues, but Shableek himself played alto, tenor and soprano sax in such a way that the instruments practically talked! Every song was played with energy and passion.
A Charlotte native, Shableek began his musical career when he was seven, playing piano and then saxophone. He has studied jazz and much of his sound is steeped in the music he grew up with– Pentecostal gospel, 1970s Motown, pop and R&B and early 1980s hip-hop as well as the jazz masters. His list of influences includes Prince, R. Kelly, Charlie Parker, Maceo Parker and Grover Washington.
Shableek has played many of Charlotte’s big events, including Taste of Charlotte, Speed Street, Carolina Panthers activities, jazz festivals and most recently the Romare Bearden Birthday Bash. He has opened for major performers including George Duke and Fantasia Barrino.
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The Annie Moses Band will bring its new production, Rhapsody in Bluegrass, to the Davis Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 6.
The performance will be at 8 p.m. in the theatre in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse, 65 Union St. S, Concord. Tickets are $44 and may be purchased online 24 hours a day at and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753.
The classical-crossover Annie Moses Band is known for fiery strings and beautiful vocals. It has played at both Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry and has been on PBS more than 1,200 hours. It wows audiences with its blend of roots, folk rock, classical and jazz.
The talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians combines technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. Veteran composer, Bill Wolaver, weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while the virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making.
Named for their great-grandmother, the band includes six Wolaver siblings and one sister-in-law: Annie Wolaver-Dupre, lead vocals and violin; Alex Wolaver, vocals and viola; Benjamin Wolaver, cello; Camille Wolaver, harp and keyboard; Gretchen Wolaver, violin and mandolin; Jeremiah Wolaver, classical and electric guitar; and Berklee Wolaver, vocals.
The band’s Davis Theatre program, Rhapsody in Bluegrass, is a panoramic exploration of America and her music. Featuring favorites from Aaron Copeland, George Gershwin and other quintessential American legends, the show fuses Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music.
“Rhapsody In Bluegrass: The Art of American Music is a transporting musical journey — one that we relish as artists and performers,” said Annie Wolaver-Dupre of the Annie Moses Band. “We can’t wait to bring this experience to audiences around the world.”
Here’s what a few people in the music business have said about the Annie Moses Band:
• “Our audiences had an overwhelming experience. Their combination of high energy, raw talent, and showmanship is a consistent recipe for success.” – Jung-Ho, artistic director and conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony.
• “Annie Moses Band has a fresh sound that is imaginative and attentive to classic traditions but yet is accessible to all.” – Stephen Clapp, former Dean, Juilliard School, New York, NY
For more information, call 704-920-2753 or click
Asheville acoustic band Red June will bring its blend of bluegrass, country, old time and American roots music to the Davis Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 23.
The show will be at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre at 65 Union St. S, Concord, in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online and at the box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 704-920-2753 or or click www.RedjuneMusic.com.
Red June is known for three-part harmonies, electrifying instrumentals and honest, soulful songwriting. The Asheville band is composed of Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and John Cloyd Miller on guitar and mandolin.
Miller is a 12th generation North Carolinian and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and North Carolina Heritage Award winner Jim Shumate. He is well-known for his haunting mountain tenor, inspired songwriting and instrumental prowess. He won the 2013 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest and as well as a prestigious artist fellowship in songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Weinstein, who is married to Miller, is an accomplished violinist and teacher in a variety of styles, from bluegrass to classical. She began her musical career with Suzuki violin and classical training at age 5. After moving to Asheville 10 years ago, she began focusing on fiddle styles of the Southern mountains. She has won fiddle championships in both the North and the South.
Straughan grew up in Chicago playing classical and jazz trumpet and piano. He picked up guitar in high school and started singing and songwriting. Guitar led to mandolin, steel guitar and (of course) dobro, along with a love of old blues, bluegrass and Celtic music. He is probably the most traveled of the group since he toured extensively in the United States and Europe as part of the Emma Gibbes Band before moving to Asheville in 2003.
The trio met at a music jam in 2005 and formed Red June in 2008, releasing their first album, Remember Me Well, two years later. Their debut was very well received, and was voted the #1 regional release of 2010 by the discerning listeners of the Southeast’s premier independent radio station, WNCW. Their follow up studio project, Beauty Will Come, also garnered much attention.
Red June signed with Organic Records and released its third album, Ancient Dreams, in April. All three albums have garnered rave reviews for the band:
“Ancient Dreams is illustrative, honest and exquisitely crafted. It is music that is evocative and instantly comforting.” – Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
“Beauty Will Come by Red June just may be the most stunningly gorgeous country album in years.” – Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly
“For those who seek well-crafted songwriting and impeccable musicianship, you just can’t go wrong with the acoustic instrumentation and powerful harmonies of Red June’s Remember Me Well. It’s an exciting debut from a collective of outstanding performers.” – Chris Mateer, No Depression.