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Biggest Art Walk of the Year Nov. 21

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.

Time Sawyer at the Davis Theatre Dec. 4

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.”

Art Lovers Invited to Collectors Circle on Nov. 12

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

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.

‘Saxophone Evolutionary’ Shableek Will Be Back at the Davis Theatre Nov. 13

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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Experience Annie Moses Band’s ‘Rhapsody in Bluegrass’ at the Davis Theatre November 6

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

See Red June at the Davis Theatre October 23

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

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.

‘Into the Woods’ On Display at The Galleries

An exhibition showcasing nature-inspired artworks will be on display at The Galleries through Oct. 9.

“We travel Into the Woods to reflect on the true beauty of our surroundings that is nature,” said Rebecca Collins, Cabarrus Arts Council Visual Arts Director and Curator for the show. “This exhibition invites visitors into the shadows of the forest and allows them to get lost in the woods.

“Historically, the natural world was the first subject matter in artistic expression. Whether a depiction of sprawling vista or woodland animal, a wood turned vessel or crafted adornment from the earth, man has utilized and expressed the glory of nature through artworks.

“Through paintings, sculpture, quilts, drawings, furniture, serigraphs, and jewelry we see how natural surroundings have inspired and informed contemporary art. We engage with properties of the earth and examine how artists have transformed such raw materials into natural treasures.”

Into the Woods includes works by 15 artists:

Elizabeth Bradford of Davidson is a native North Carolinian with deep roots in the rural landscape. During much of her career, she has sought to record the look of the traditional landscape before urbanization. Her acrylic paintings on canvas or wood panel, though representational, have a strong connection to the traditions of abstraction.

Buzz Coren of Burnsville is a woodcrafter who creates multilayered bowls and vessels. He works with many different species of hardwood veneer, and custom dye some of it to achieve both subtle and striking color combinations.

Jim Carpenter of Pfafftown considers himself a “bird carver” rather than a woodcarver because, while his birds are primarily wood, the habitats he places them in are often metal, epoxies or plastic. He paints the exquisitely detailed pieces with acrylics or oils.

Charles Farrar of Concord is a woodturner who creates a variety of turned pieces, from classical forms with fine finishes to those with hand carved, textured, and pigmented surfaces. He is happiest when working with found woods that feature irregular grain patterns, knots, burls or voids. His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts.

William Jameson of Saluda incorporates heavy applications of paint and strong, energetic brushstrokes in his introspective oil landscapes. His goal is to explore the subject matter in detail, and, in the process, go past the surface of the individual elements in the landscape to reveal the mystery and power of nature.

Jean LeCluyse of Chapel Hill honed observation and drawing skills during several years as a scientific illustrator. She creates richly detailed narrative drawings as well as mixed media pieces that may include acrylic, colored pencil, collaged elements and graphite over randomly textured surfaces.

Debbie Littledeer of Burnsville is a printmaker known for serigraphs of landscapes and whimsical animals. She creates pictures of the mountains that surround her and fantasies that dance through her head.

Jason Lydic of Hendersonville parlayed a birthday gift from his wife – a trip to a blacksmith shop to learn welding and forging skills — into a career as an artist. He is a former zookeeper who uses his knowledge of the natural world to make realistic animal sculptures.

Roger Martin of Albemarle has sculpted animals in one form or another for 35 years. The majority of his work is sculpted in clay then cast in bronze. His goal is to capture the essence or personality of the subject while at the same time creating an accurate anatomical replica of the species.

Dottie Moore of Rock Hill, SC, is a studio quilt artist whose work has been exhibited, collected and published throughout the world. She refers to her quilts as “visual conversations with fabric and thread to explore the mysteries of earth and sky.” She has participated in both the American Craft Council shows and in The Smithsonian Craft Show.

Luna Lee Ray of Chapel Hill creates mixed media artworks containing imagery that is informed by her experience of the natural world. She loves layering and texture and all the creative possibilities of combining painting, drawing, and collage.

Susannah Ravenswing of Germantown has crafted richly detailed one-of-a-kind jewelry for more than 30 years. Her pieces, many of which are inspired by her rambles through the woods, include rare gems, fossils, gold and silver.

Nathan Rose of Belmont is a furniture maker who is greatly influenced by fine pieces and techniques from the past, including mortise and tenon joinery, surface embellishments, fine finishes, and traditional design element.

Anatoly Tsiris of Charlotte is a craftsman and artist who creates large vessels for home décor, interior design and decorative art. His pieces, which are crafted exclusively of local woods, tend to have primarily organic shapes.

The Galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There are activities for children, including the “I Spy” scavenger hunt and “Art Boxes” in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission and activities are free. For more information, call 704-920-2787.

John Brown Quintet at the Davis Theatre Oct. 3

John Brown wiill bring his all-star quintet of jazz musicians to the Davis Theatre on Friday, Oct. 3.

The John Brown Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. in the Davis Theatre, 65 Union St. S, Concord. Tickets are $36 and may be purchased online and at the box office in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All seats are reserved.

The show is the first in the Davis Theatre’s 2014-15 On Stage at the Davis series. Ticket-buyers can save 7% by purchasing admission to all five performances in the series.

The John Brown Quintet specializes in playing music from the time-honored Bebop and Hard Bop jazz eras. It plays classics from the Great American Songbook as well as original tunes. The group garnered national attention when its first recording reached #8 on the national JazzWeek chart, and stayed in the top 50 for 16 consecutive weeks. It features the classic instrumentation of two horns in the frontline along with the rhythm section.

Grammy-nominated bassist John Brown, director of the jazz program at Duke University, has performed in the United States and abroad with
jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Nnenna Freelon, Diahann Carroll and Rosemary Clooney. He has played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and at major jazz events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as for President and Mrs. Obama.

Trumpeter Ray Codrington has performed and recorded with Eddie Harris, the JFK Quintet, Larry Willis, Hugo Montinegro and Godfather II as his career has taken him to the famed Apollo Theater in New York, the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. and festivals and clubs all along the East Coast. Saxophonist Brian Miller played with the North Carolina Central University Jazz Band twice at the White House for President Bill Clinton, and the band has recorded his original composition, “Desmond Street.” Pianist Gabe Evens has performed extensively in North Carolina, New England and Spain with artists like Nnenna Freeland, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Lois Deloatch. Drummer Adonis Rose, who is one of New Orleans Magazine’s ”jazz all stars,” has played with some of the world’s most esteemed jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and Harry Connick Jr.

The Davis Theatre is located in the former courtroom of the picturesque Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse, which also contains The Galleries operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council. The renovated theatre has state-of-the-art sound and lights and just 227 seats, making it an intimate environment that brings every audience member close to the performers. Theatre-goers will be able to enjoy the current exhibition, Into the Woods, beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 704-920-2753 or click.

Brand New Opry at the Davis Theatre Sept. 25

The Brand New Opry bluegrass show will kick-off the 2014-15 Davis Theatre season with a show Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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 Sept. 25 show will be the first of three Brand New Opry shows at the Davis Theatre this season. The other performances will be on Thursday, January 29, and March 5.

Tickets are $15. Click for tickets or visit the box office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or via telephone, 704-920-2753.

2014-15 Davis Theatre Tickets on Sale

The Davis Theatre’s 2014-15 music-filled season includes the Annie Moses Band, which has wowed audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry with its unique chamber pop, and Americana favorite The Steel Wheels.

The flagship On Stage at the Davis series will open Oct. 3 with jazz by the John Brown Quintet, an all-star line-up of North Carolina musicians that sold out the Davis previously, followed by the Annie Moses Band’s Rhapsody in Bluegrass on Nov. 6, The Steel Wheels’ high-energy Americana on Jan. 24, the Jeff Little Trio’s Appalachian blues on March 20 and blues legend Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues on May 1. For the first time, the Davis will be offering a season ticket discount of 7% to people who purchase tickets for all five On Stage at the Davis shows.

In addition to the On Stage at the Davis series, the season includes a variety of performers, from bluegrass to jazz to reggae rock, from the region.

Tickets for all shows are available 24 hours a day online and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
The Davis Theatre is located at 65 Union Street S in downtown Concord in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. The beautiful space features state-of-the-art sound and lights and just 227 seats, every one of them close to the stage. Audience members get to enjoy the artwork in The Galleries before and after the shows, and performers greet the audience, sign autographs and pose for photos afterward.
Each of this year’s performers is critically acclaimed and known for outstanding performances (Shows in the flagship On Stage at the Davis series are marked with *.):
Brand New Opry – Bluegrass, Thursdays, Sep. 25, 2014, and January 29 and
March 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $15
A thoroughly enjoyable evening of traditional bluegrass, featuring Jeff Whittington, John Culbreath, Pete Corum, Mike Wood and Jason Wood.
*John Brown Quintet – Jazz, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 8 p.m., $36
This all-star group of North Carolina musicians brought down the house when it played at the Davis in 2010 and garnered national attention when its first recording reached #8 on the Jazz Week Chart. Specializing in music from the time-honored Bebop and Hard Bop jazz eras, the quintet brings new life to classics from the Great American Songbook.
Red June – Roots, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $15
This Asheville acoustic band plays music with strong roots in the Appalachian tradition while constantly forging new ground in American music.
*Annie Moses Band – Chamber Pop, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 8 p.m., $44
Besides Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, this band of seven siblings is a PBS staple. Their Rhapsody in Bluegrass: The Art of American Music is a panoramic exploration of America and her music. It features favorites by George Gershwin and Aaron Copeland and fuses Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music to create a beautiful concert experience.
Shableek – Jazz, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $16
The Davis Theatre welcomes back Charlotte’s saxophone sensation, Shableek. He and his band play contemporary jazz, soul and rhythm and blues.
Time Sawyer – Folk Rock, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $15
This Charlotte folk rock band blends elements of bluegrass with heart-felt lyrics into a high-energy, captivating show.
Paleface – Indie Folk, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m., $15
Avett Brothers collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Paleface has recorded 17 albums and is now touring the United States as a high-energy duo.
*The Steel Wheels – Americana, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 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.
Jim Avett – Folk, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $17
Singer/songwriter Avett plays beloved country songs and his original tunes as he tells stories about his life.
David Domingo and The Fuzzbucket Music Company – Variety, Thursday, Feb.
26, 2015, 7:30 p.m., $15
This contemporary take on the old-fashioned variety show includes ragtime, piano, country, gospel, folk, acoustic R&B ad alternative music as well as poetry and family-friendly humor.
*Jeff Little Trio – Appalachian Blues, Friday, March 20, 2015, 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 MerleFest Guitar Champion, and Josh Scott, a highly sought after bassist.
Sun-Dried Vibes – Reggae Rock, Thursday, April 16, 2015, 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.
*Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues – Blues, Friday, May 1, 2015 8 p.m., $26
Mac Arnold’s first band had James Brown on piano. He followed that up by recording with Muddy Waters, 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 coming back to the Davis Theatre.

For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit the websites listed with the performers.