Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery and Soft Focus, will be on display Through December 19 at The Galleries.
The Galleries, which are operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council, are located in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse at 65 Union Street S, Concord. Admission is free.
Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery is The Galleries’ annual holiday sale and show of clay works by acclaimed North Carolina potters. The show includes 10 potteries/potters from the Seagrove and Piedmont areas of the state: Bulldog Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, Jared Zehmer Pottery, Jeff Pender, Joseph Sand Pottery, King’s Pottery, Luck’s Ware and Pottery by Frank Neef. Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery includes a variety of decorative and utilitarian pieces with prices starting under $10.
Soft Focus comprises artwork embracing impressionistic techniques and the moderating effects of time and memory by 15 artists. Included are paintings, drawings, photographs, quilts, ceramics, woodturning and mixed media by Katherine Armacost, Tamie Beldue, Nancy G. Cook, Bre Barnett Crowell, Alan Dehmer, Charles Farrar, Carolyn Glazener, Chris Luther, David McRary, Terri Otten, Terance Painter, Stuart Roper, Jeremy Sams, Deborah Squier and Charlie Tefft.
The Galleries are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Galleries will be closed Thanksgiving week, November 23-December 1. For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or click.
The Davis Theatre’s popular Brand New Opry bluegrass show is returning Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. for a performance filled with high-energy traditional bluegrass.
Tickets are $15 and available 24 hours a day online and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm, in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
The Brand New Opry is hosted by local bluegrass virtuoso Jeff Whittington and features an all-star line-up of outstanding musicians: Whittington, banjo; John Culbreath, fiddle; Pete Corum, bass: Mike Wood, guitar; and Jason Wood, mandolin. All of these guys are so good and play so many instruments that you never know what surprises they will throw in, but you’re guaranteed that it will be toe-tapping fun.
Brand New Opry host 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. He also something is missing here the Country Grass sings bluegrass-gospel with his 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 theatre will open at 7 p.m. for the show, but make sure to come early and enjoy The Galleries beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two shows are on display: Soft Focus, which features artwork embracing impressionistic techniques and the moderating effects of time and memory by ?1 artists, and Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery, The Galleries’ annual holiday pottery exhibition and sale, this year including 10 acclaimed potters/potteries from the Seagrove and Piedmont areas of North Carolina.
The December show is the first of three Brand New Opry shows this Davis Theatre season. The others are on Thursdays, January 23 and March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be bought now, so go ahead and get all three concerts!
For more information, call 704-920-2753 or click.
The biggest Art Walk of the year is Friday, 6-9 p.m., in downtown Concord! There will be visual art displays all over town as well as festivities related to the City of Concord tree lighting. It promises to be lots of fun and will also provide the perfect opportunity to start (or finish) your holiday shopping.
This Art Walk is so jam packed with wonderful things – you’re just going to have to come early and stay late to see everything. A few highlights:
• Opening reception for Soft Focus and Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery at The Galleries, 65 Union Street S, Concord. Soft Focus features artwork embracing impressionistic techniques and the moderating effects of time and memory by 15 artists: Katherine Armacost, Tamie Beldue, Nancy G. Cook, Bre Barnett Crowell, Alan Dehmer, Charles Farrar, Carolyn Glazener, Chris Luther, David McRary, Terri Otten, Terance Painter, Stuart Roper, Jeremy Sams, Deborah Squier and Charlie Tefft. Shop Seagrove and Piedmont Pottery includes clay works by 10 potters/potteries: Bulldog Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, Jared Zehmer Pottery, Jeff Pender, Joseph Sand Pottery, King’s Pottery, Luck’s Ware and Pottery by Frank Neef.
• Two artists from Soft Focus will demonstrate some of their techniques in The Galleries: Nancy G. Cook (quilting) and Charlie Tefft (ceramics).
• The Cabarrus Art Guild will open its new gallery and gift shop downstairs at 11 Union Street S. The Guild Gallery and Gift Shop includes studio and exhibition space for local artists. The grand opening will include refreshments and door prizes as well as the opportunity to see and buy beautiful art!
• There will once again be a free shuttle to and from The Galleries to ClearWater Artist Studios on Kerr Street.
• There will be a free screening of the independent film Lloyd the Conqueror at 9 p.m. in the Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S. The independent comedy is about slacker college students who get involved with their professor’s roleplaying game. This film has been rated “R” for sexual references and crude language; the arts council recommends that you research the film and decide whether it is right for you.
• The tree lighting festivities include fireworks,Santa and other fun family activities. Motorized trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides and children’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m., and family entertainment at 6 p.m. The event culminates with the tree lighting and fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
See the map for a complete list of participants. Call 704-920-ARTS (2787) for more information.
When the legendary Garrison Keillor introduced Chic Gamine on his Prairie Home Companion radio show September 21, he called them his “new favorite band.” Now you have the opportunity to see Chic Gamine in Concord.
The quintet from Canada will perform Saturday, October 19, at 8 p.m. at the Davis Theatre at 65 Union Street S, Concord, in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased 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.
If you didn’t hear the group on Prairie Home Companion, you may have seen them when they played for a worldwide audience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Composed of four women singers and one man (the drummer), Chic Gamine creates hip-shaking beats using just their voices and percussion. Their voices become instruments, effortlessly launching into intricate string arrangements, bass-heavy rhythm sections and lush harmonies. The music sounds like vintage soul, rhythm and blues, nouveau-pop and 60s girl groups all rolled into one.
Chic Gamine has opened for Motown legend Smokey Robinson and played in a line-up with Mavis Staples who declared that they reminded her of her family, the Staple Singers. The group won a Juno, the Canadian Grammy, for Best Roots Album in 2009 and picked up another nomination in that category in 2011. Their new album, Closer, was released to critical acclaim earlier this year.
They are stylish and endearingly playful. Audiences and reviewers love Chic Gamine. Here’s what a couple of reviewers have said:
• “Chic Gamine is the new black. They are so strong individually, that seeing them together left me completely flabbergasted. They are a musical tempest. Chic Gamine’s live performance made me feel that I had just witnessed a very important musical moment. Bravo!” (Benoit Morier, producer, Radio Canada)
• “A unique combination of soul, roots a cappella and percussion, they included harmonies that knocked everyone off their feet.” (That Nashville Sound)
For more information or to listen to Chic Gamine, click.
Making It, an exhibition featuring works by members of Piedmont Craftsmen, will be on display at The Galleries through October 3.
The exhibition celebrates Piedmont Craftsmen’s 50th anniversary and the partnership between it and The Galleries. Since The Galleries opened in 2007 in the Cabarrus County historic courthouse, exhibitions have featured several artists who are members of the group.
Piedmont Craftsmen includes more than 350 fine craft artists from across the United States. It operates a gallery in Winston-Salem and holds a crafts fair and other events aimed at promoting the arts. Last year, more than 100 artists applied and only 16 were accepted.
Lin Barnhardt, Cabarrus Arts Council Visual Arts Director, said he meant the name Making It to be a double entendre because these craftsmen are making art and getting accepted into Piedmont Craftsmen is a sign that an artist is making it as a professional.
The show includes works by 42 artists and features nine different media categories:
CLAY – Lin Barnhardt, Sandy and Ann Batton, Adrienne Dellinger, Becky Gray, Christine Kosiba, Karen Newgard, Ken Sedberry, Joey Sheehan, Gertrude Graham Smith, Steven Summerville, Tom Suomalainen, Kathy Triplett, Dina Wilde-Ramsing
FIBER – Kathy Cooper, B. Jane Doub, Carolyn Glazener, Ann Harwell, Susan Webb Lee, Jim and Libby Mijanovich, Dottie Moore, Laura Sims, Liz Spear, Billie Ruth Sudduth
GLASS – David and Veronica Bennett, Ronnie Hughes, Rob Levin
JEWELRY – Betty Helen Longhi, Susannah Ravenswing, Mary Filapeck and Lou Ann Townsend, Eleanor Wirth
METAL – Dempsy Calhoun, Bill Hickman
MIXED MEDIA – Kim Dills, Marie-Helene Grabman, Marcia McDade McMann
PHOTOGRAPHY – Andrew Goliszek, Ginger Jackson Williamson
PRINTMAKING – Jay Pfeil
WOOD – Michael Brown, Jim Carpenter, Larry Favorite, Chris Horney
Operated by the Cabarrus Arts council, The Galleries are located at 65 Union Street S in the Cabarrus County historic courthouse. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.
For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or click.
North Carolina acoustic band Mipso will be playing at the Davis Theatre on Thursday, October 3.
Mipso will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online at CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday,10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
Rooted in the music of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Piedmont, Chapel Hill-based Mipso gives these traditional influences a distinctly modern twist. With an old-school combination of mandolin, bass, guitar, and three voices in close harmony, Mipso’s Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, and Joseph Terrell mix bluegrass
ingredients with of 21st century energy.
Since its formation in 2010, Mipso has released an EP and a full-length album (titled “Long, Long Gone”) on Robust Records and has performed to enthusiastic crowds across North Carolina. In 2012 and 2013 they played sold-out concerts at Carrboro’s historic Cat’s Cradle four times, solidifying their place as the most promising young band to come out of Chapel Hill in a long time. The trio graduated from the University of North Carolina in May of with plans to take Mipso on the road far beyond their home state, starting with a tour of Japan and China during the summer. A new full-length album will be released in the fall of 2013.
For more information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org. Read more about Mipso and listen to their music at www.mipsomusic.com.
Ruthie Foster, who was named “Female Blues Artist of the Year” by critics in the 20th Annual Living Blues Awards earlier this month, is coming to the Davis Theatre on Saturday, September 21.
The Grammy nominee and her band will perform at 8 p.m. in the theatre at 65 Union Street S in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased 24 hours a day online here and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753.
Foster, who has played all over the world, sets the stage on fire with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Critics rave about her voice, which has been compared to Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Bonnie Raitt:
“… when someone with real chops like Ruthie Foster steps up, attention must be paid.” (The Boston Globe)
“…she is definitely a singer from the old school, whose huge, full-bodied voice has drawn frequent comparisons with such legends as (Aretha) Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald.” (Doug McPherson, Keyboard Player Magazine)
“She sounds long-suffering, forthright, resilient and thoroughly at home.” (The New York Times)
“The power of Ruthie Foster’s voice carries the music, rather than vice versa. It is a voice that was raised in the church that has the power of that true soul singing that comes right out of the tradition that bred such voices as Mavis Staples, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and James Brown.” (Dirty Linen)
Foster’s musical career began in church choir in rural Texas followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band. After a major record deal went sour, she took a break from the music business and went home to Texas. When she resumed her music career in Austin, she soon started getting big awards including Grammy nominations for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” in 2009 and “Best Blues Album” in 2012 and Austin Music Awards for “Best Folk Artist” in 2004-05 and “Best Female Vocalist” in 2007-08 and 2012-2013. She has won seemingly contradictory awards from the Blues Music Association, “Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist” in 2010 and “Best Traditional Female Blues Artist” in 2011. She has recorded five albums: Let It Burn, Live at Antones, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster and Stages and Runaway Soul.
Besides playing at jazz and blues festivals and theatres all over the country and abroad, Foster has performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage and The House of Blues Radio Hour. She’s been on the cover of Blues Review, Pollstar and Keyboard Player magazines.
For more information, visit www.ruthiefoster.com.
Cabarrus County artists have until September 19 to apply for the Regional Artist Grant.
The Cabarrus Arts Council is one of the sponsors of the grants, which provide up to $2,000 for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development by attending a professional development experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment. Applicants must have been permanent residents for at least 12 months of one of the participating counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Union, or York (SC). Artists must also be at least 18 and not enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program.
Applications must be made through the online grant system which can be reached here. Visual, performing, film/media and literary artists may apply.
The Cabarrus Arts Council partners with other arts councils in the participating counties to offer the grants program. It is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; the Blumenthal Endowment; and the participating arts councils.
The grants are highly competitive, and we strongly recommend that artists contact the arts council as they are drafting their application. If you contact us by September 12, someone here will review your draft before it’s submitted. Call 704-920-ARTS (2787) for more information or to get the application password.
The Davis Theatre’s 2013-14 season is filled with music, including Grammy nominees and local favorites and the theatre’s first family matinee.
The flagship On Stage at the Davis series will open September 21 with Ruthie Foster, a Grammy-nominated gospel and blues singer followed by Chic Gamine’s soulful nouveau-pop on October 19, Mac Arnold and Plate full O’ Blues playing blues on February 8, rising jazz star Sachal Vasandani on March 21 and folk singer John McCutcheon on May 2.
Tickets for all shows are available 24 hours a day online at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org 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. 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 *.):
*Ruthie Foster – Gospel and Blues, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 8 pm, $45
Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster is one of the roots music world’s brightest stars. She sets the stage on fire with her voice that has been compared to Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. She and her band have toured all over the world. www.RuthieFoster.com
Mipso – Americana, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7:30 pm, $12
North Carolina string quartet composed of Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, Joseph Terrell and Libby Rodenbough plays Americana music deeply rooted in bluegrass. www.MipsoMusic.com
Jim Avett – Folk and Country, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 8 pm, $15
Back to the Davis by popular demand, affable singer-songwriter and guitarist Avett sings and tells stories like he’s inviting the audience onto his front porch. www.JimAvett.com
Brand New Opry – Bluegrass, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, and Jan. 23 and March 6, 2014, 7:30 pm;$15
This audience favorite plays the best bluegrass around and features Jeff Whittington, John Culbreath, Pete Corum, Mike Wood and Jason Wood.
The Fuzzbucket Music Company – variety show, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 7:30 pm, $12
This contemporary take on the The Ed Sullivan Show includes ragtime piano, country, folk, R & B, vaudeville and an a cappella barber shop quartet. www.FuzzBucketmusic.com
*Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues – Blues, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 8 pm, $25
Mac Arnold’s first band featured James Brown on the piano. He moved to Chicago and got hired by Muddy Waters. This man knows music, and his band plays old school blues at their finest. It’s a plate full o’ magic when he is on the stage! www.MacArnold.com
Carolina Gator Gumbo – Cajun and Creole, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 7:30 pm, $13
Back by popular demand, this friendly mix of high-spirited musicians has brought a festive mix of music from southwest Louisiana to the Carolinas since the early 1990s. www.CarolinaGatorGumbo.com
Trout Fishing in America – Family Matinee, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 3 pm, $12, children; $14, adults
Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood are best known for family music and kids’ tunes like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “When I Was a Dinosaur.” They have earned a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere as well as four Grammy nominations, three Indie Music Awards and multiple Parents’ Choice Awards. www.Troutmusic.com
*Sachal Vasandani – Jazz, Friday, March 21, 2014, 8 pm, $36
NPR’s All Things Considered called Sachal Vasandani “a special voice that makes you stand up and take notice.” The vocalist/composer/arranger has established himself as one of the most promising new voices in modern jazz with his energetic mix of jazz standards, pop covers and original songs accompanied by his superb four-piece band. www.SachalVasandani.com
Malpass Brothers – Country, Thursday, April 10, 1014, 7:30 p.m., $15
Back by popular demand, Chris and Taylor Malpass play traditional country music like Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings and have toured as Merle Haggard’s opening act. www.MalpassBrothers.com
*John McCutcheon – Folk, Friday, May 2, 2014, 8 pm, $27
Johnny Cash declared John McCutcheon to be “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” Master of a dozen traditional instruments, he is one of America’s most respected and loved folk singers. His 30 recordings have garnered seven Grammy nominations, but live performance is his passion and forte. www.FolkMusic.com
For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or the websites listed with the performers.
The deadline for community organizations and schools to apply for Cabarrus Arts Council grants is August 1.
Grants are available in three categories: Organization Support, Project Assistance and Arts Education. The grants are partially funded by Grassroots Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
Organization Support Grants are available to arts organizations that are nonprofit, have a mission that focuses solely on the arts, are located in Cabarrus County and provide at least 75% of their programs in the county. The goal of these grants is to stabilize and strengthen organizations that bring high-quality arts activities to our community. Six organizations received support grants this year: Cabarrus Art Guild, the Choral Academy, NC Music Hall of Fame, Old Courthouse Theatre, Piedmont Choral Society and Southern Piedmont Woodturners.
Project Assistance Grants are available to nonprofit organizations to support programs of artistic merit that have community or statewide impact. The goal of these grants is to help organizations develop arts programs that involve and serve the community and that reach beyond the organization’s usual scope. Religious organizations and internal programs at colleges and libraries are not eligible. The arts council awarded five Project Assistance Grants this year: Concord Downtown Development Corporation, Union Street Live concert series and Spring into Arts Festival; Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department, summer concert series, Thursdays on Main and Stories Under the Stars; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, Interlude music program; Logan Community Day Care Association, music lessons for preschoolers; and Multicultural Student Union, North Carolina Dance Theatre instruction for at-risk youth.
Arts Education Grants are available to public and private preschool, elementary, middle and high schools in Cabarrus County to bring artists into the school setting. The purpose of these grants is to supplement school curriculum and to awaken students’ intellectual and creative curiosity. Priority will be given to residency programs and to schools that are hosting artists they have not used before. R. Brown McAllister received a grant this year for a three-day residency conducted by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
A panel of community volunteers will meet in September and make recommendations about the grants to the arts council’s Board of Directors. Grants will be awarded in October. For applications or more information, please click or call 704-920-ARTS (2787).