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Aussie bluegrass musician coming to Charlotte, seeks jam sessions, upright bass, let’s show NC hospitality

Posted in Blue Grass, Charlotte, Country music, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Music, NC music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I received a post from a musician in Australia who is visiting Charlotte and North Carolina soon. He has played a lot of different music but has embraced bluegrass music and wants to experience bluegrass music in NC. He is a bass player and will not be bringing his bass from Australia. I am going to provide some jam session suggestions, but would love to hear from bluegrass musicians. Also, if someone out there has a bass he could play at a jam session that would be great. Let’s show him some NC hospitality. The Australians have stood by us and fought side by side with us for years. Here is the email he sent:

We fly in on March 27th, and will be touring around Western NC & TN until April 1st. …….. and we then fly out on April 8th. So I’ll have a bit of free time on my hands….

I’m a bassist who 3 years ago moved over to the upright after 25yrs as an electric player (you name it, I’ve played). Some friends turned me onto folk, and from there I found my way back to my country roots. Bluegrass is my staple diet now, and by getting along to the many great session available around Australia I’ve been fortunate to play with, and learn from, some of the best pickers here.

I won’t be able to take my bass for obvious reasons, and am hoping that in the fine bluegrass tradition I may be offered the opportunity to borrow one, if only for a few tunes. To be able to jam with locals at the ‘coal face’ would make the trip worthwhile.

I’ve attached a pic of one of the bands I play with…..a great bunch of blokes called The Strzelecki Stringbusters, named after the mountain range we all live in here in regional Victoria (waaaay down south). Not all 14 members are shown here, but the shot captures what we (and the genre) are all about. Whilst not strictly bluegrass, we’re at the forefront in our region (Gippsland) of showing folks another way to interact musically, and support a wide variety of community-based projects. As they say, there’s a lot of work for a band that doesn’t charge any money!

Google Gippsland Bluegrass and check out various info and blogs. The band also has a site, albeit a basic one..

www.StrzeleckiStringbusters.com

My two main questions are:

What would be good to get to in and around Charlotte with the above timeframe?

Any chance of sitting in on someone else’s instrument?

Cheers, John

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NC bluegrass, old time music, jam sessions, High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association March 2008

Posted in Blue Grass, Books, Charlotte, Coffee shops, Country Stores, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Greensboro, Mt Airy, Music, NC music, Old Time music, Raleigh with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

Here is the latest bluegrass, old time music and other music schedule provided by the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association for March 2008:

February 25 – Charles Pettee “Hear the Sound” @ East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill NC

February 25 – Kruger Brothers @ The Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society monthly meeting, Wilkes Heritage Museum, Wilkesboro NC  7 PM

February 26 – Highway Express @ Music N’ All, Eden Mall, Eden NC.

February 27 – Cherryholmes @ Stevens Center, Winston-Salem NC Orchestra – $29, Orchestra Group rate – $22, Balcony – $25, Balcony Group rate – $19 336/721-1945 www.ncarts.edu/Stevens_Center

February 28 – Charles Pettee @ Bluegrass and Bag Lunch concerts, York County Library, Rock Hill SC 12:15 PM and 1:15 PM Free

February 28 – Tommy Emmanuel & The Greencards @ Carolina Theatre, Durham NC 888/241-8162

February 29 – Homemade Music  benefit for Habitat for Humanity (Wood & Steel, Hubert Lawson & the Bluegrass Country Boys, Campus Tradition, Keith Sigmon & Lee Dishmon) @ Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, NC 7 PM Admission is free, but a donation to Habitat is highly encouraged.

February 29 – The Dominion Bluegrass Boys @ Dan River Region Bluegrass Association, Danville Community College, Danville VA 7:30 PM

February 29 – TOMMY JARRELL FESTIVAL RECEPTION AND DANCE (Slate Mountain Ramblers along with Benton Flippen and caller, Wayne Jarrell (Tommy’s son) with square dancing and two step favorites) @ Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt Airy NC 7 PM $4

February 29 – The Far City Boys @ Scruggs Opry House, Belmont NC 7 PM $8

February 29 – Bluegrass & Beyond @ Christopher’s Pizza, Meadows of Dan VA 7 PM

February 29 – Second Chance @ White Rock Civic Center, 4801 Davis Rd, Winston-Salem NC 27105 336/803-3174 7-9 PM $4 Donation

February 29 – Buck Mountain Band @ Applewood Park, Cana VA

February 29 – Strait & Narrow, Loose Gap Loafers, Last Minute Bluegrass @ Floyd Country Store, Floyd VA 6:30 PM

February 29 – Missy Raines & New Hip @ Morganton Community House, 120 N. King Street, Morganton, NC 8 pm $25 (includes wine, soft beverages, snacks) 828/433-0198 E-mail: americanastage@yahoo.com

March 1 – Steel Magnolia @ Brown’s Ole Opry, Timber Mill Rd, McLeansville NC 7 PM Come hear songs from their new CD “Something Blue” and celebrate John Brown’s Birthday!

March 1 – New Wine Release Party featuring contemporary and traditional folk music by The Biddies Duo – Kitty Donohoe and Jan Krist @ Stonefield Cellars Winery, 8220 NC Hwy 68 N, Stokesdale NC 27357 Combination pot-luck dinner, concert, and jam session. Cost: Covered dish item plus a $10 per person contribution to cover Andrew’s professional performance. Reservations required – Call 336-644-9908 or email nwurz@stonefieldcellars.com

March 1 – IIIrd Tyme Out @ Old Rock School, Valdese NC $15 Advance / $18 Door 828/879-2129

March 1 – The Grascals @ James Garner Center, 210 Burnette St, Troy NC 704/985-6987 7 PM

March 1 – TOMMY JARRELL Birthday Concert (Kirk Sutphin, Benton Flippen, Slate Mountain Ramblers, Backstep, Toast String Stretchers, Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus) @ Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt Airy NC 7 PM $10

March 1 – Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion, Grass Cats, Roby Huffman, Marshall Stephenson, others @ “Legends in Bluegrass” Concert , N. Johnston H. S., Kenly NC 2-10 PM 919-633-5576

March 1 – North Carolina Sacred Harp Singing Convention @ Page-Walker Art and History Center, Cary NC Free 9:30 AM – 4 PM www.ncshapenote.org

March 1 – Ira Bernstein Old-Time Dance Clinic @ Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt Airy NC Free

March 1 – R.C. Harris & Blue Denim, The Red Head Express @ SouthEastern Bluegrass Association of South Carolina, Lynches River County Park, Florence SC

March 1 – Song of the Mountains (Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, the Stevens Family, Donna Ulisse and Millers Creek) @ Lincoln Theatre, Marion VA 7 PM $15 276/783-6093 www.songofthemountains.org.

March 1 – 10th Annual Caldwell County Traditional Musicians Showcase CD Release of  A Story to Tell (Strictly Clean and Decent, Keith Howell and Doug Trivette, Chris and Brent Laws, Tonya Lowman, Bobby McMillon and Marina Trivette, and Cheryl Miller) @ J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir NC.7:30PM Tickets $8 /$11, ($6 for students), Box Office 726-2407, www.broyhillcenter.com

March 2 – The Kruger Brothers @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, 538 North Main St, Hendersonville NC 28793 3 PM 828/693-0087 info@brpac.org 828/490-4677

March 4 – Dave Smathers and Friends @ Music N’ All, Eden Mall, Eden NC.

March 6 – The Shady Grove Band will perform the “Down Home Program” (part of the Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival) @ Baxter Hood Center, Rock Hill SC 2:30 PM

March 6 – Grass Cats @ Mac’s Tavern, Cary NC 8 PM

March 7 – Jeanette Williams Band, Mountain Heart @ Rockingham County High School, Wentworth NC 336/613-6134

March 7 – Lonesome River  Band @ Brock Performing Arts Center, Mocksville NC 

March 7 – Eric Taylor @ Blessings, Winston-Salem NC

March 7 – Acoustic Manner (Hank Bowman, Hank Smith, Leo Kishore, Shawn Chase, Lin Peterson) @ Quigley’s Pint & Plate, Pawley’s Island SC

March 7 – Stevie Coyle (fingerpick guitar player, songwriter, and storyteller, formerly of the Waybacks) @ Mack and Mack, 220 S. Elm Street, Greensboro NC 8 PM $15 Contact Bill Payne for reservations: bill@videosystem.com 336-643-8643

March 7 – Starting Friday @ White Rock Civic Center, 4801 Davis Rd, Winston-Salem NC 27105 336/803-3174 7-9 PM $4 Donation

March 7 – Chatham County Line @ The Arts Center, Carrboro NC 9:15 PM

March 8 – Dry Fork Ramblers @ LKN Athletic Club, 7393 Advance Road, Denver NC (behind the Advance Auto Parts) 7:30 PM $6 dryforkramblers.com 704-308-6030 bring lawn chair

March 8 – Big Country Bluegrass @ 1908 Courthouse, Independence VA 7 PM

March 8 – Hwy 61 Bluegrass Band @ The Barn, 151 Gant Rd, Eden NC 8-9 PM 336/623-8899

March 8 – Soup & Sing **** Special Guest Artist Performance by Andrew Calhoun (followed by regular jam session) @ Stonefield Cellars, 8220 NC Hwy 68, Stokesdale NC 27357 336/644- 9908 6:30-11 PM Reservations required, bring covered dish RSVP Natalie Wurz at 336/644-9908 or email nwurz@stonefieldcellars.com. www.stonefieldcellars.com

March 8 – Ken Scoggins & Millers Creek, The Farm & Home Band, Ken Scoggins & Millers Creek @ Eastern NC Bluegrass Assoc., Kinston, NC

March 8 – Gove Scrivenor @ The Purple Onion, Saluda NC

March 8 – Plank Road @ O’Henry’s, Winston-Salem NC 7 PM

March 8 – Second Chance @ Prissy Polly’s, Kernersville NC

March 9 – The Marie Vanderbeck Trio @ River Landing Inn, Saxapahaw NC 2-4 PM

March 9 – Tony Smither @ the Trails, Carrboro NC 2 PM $20 Reserve your seats by emailing tickets@fortyacres.org

March 9 – Chris Smither @ The Trails Clubhouse, Carrboro NC $20 Reserve your seats by emailing tickets@fortyacres.org.

March 9 – Wayne Erbsen @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, Hendersonville NC 7:30 PM

March 9 – Stevie Coyle @ The Evening Muse, Charlotte NC 8 PM

March 9 – Bradford Reaves and Abigail @ Unity Spiritual Center, Siler City NC 10:30 AM

March 9 – The Pratie Heads @ NC Museum of History, Raleigh NC 3-4 PM ww.pinecone.org or ncmuseumofhistory.org, 919/807-7900

March 9 – Natalie MacMaster @ McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte NC 7 PM

March 11 – Altan @ Fletcher Theatre, Raleigh NC

March 13 – Acoustic Manner (Hank Bowman, Hank Smith, Leo Kishore, Shawn Chase, Lin Peterson) @ The Blind Tiger, Greensboro NC 9 PM

March 13 – Tony and Gary Williamson @ Cook Shack, Union Grove NC 7:30 PM E-Mail CookShackShows@carolina.com for reservations.

March 13 – Biscuit Burners @ The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC 9 PM $10 Adv $12 Door

March 14 – Wood & Steel @ CFS Monthly Gathering, Bryant Recital Hall, Sloan-Morgan Building, 1220 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte NC 7:30 PM 704/563-7080 or www.folksociety.org Free

March 14 – Chris Smither @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, Hendersonville NC 8 PM

March 14 – St. Patrick’s Weekend fundraiser with The Pratie Heads and Naomi’s Fancy @ Fiddle & Bow event.

March 14 – Cherryholmes @ Caswell Civic Center, Yanceyville NC 336-694-4591

March 14 – Steep Canyon Rangers @ Pour House, Raleigh NC 10 PM

March 14 – The Countrymen @ White Rock Civic Center, 4801 Davis Rd, Winston-Salem NC 27105 336/803-3174 7-9 PM $4 Donation

March 15 – Jeanette Williams Band with Buddy Pendleton @ Reynolds Homestead, Critz VA 7 PM

March 15 – Dry Fork Ramblers @ Vinny’s Raw Bar, Black Dog Ln, Charlotte, NC right off Old NC 16 near Mt. Island Lake/Shuffle Town Area. Vinny’s is having an Anniversary Event. They are also having a 70s/80s rock band at 9 PM No Cover

March 15 – Plank Road Bluegrass Band @ Hardee’s, Madison NC 6 PM

March 15 – Rhonda Vincent & the Rage @ Fairview Ruritan Club, Galax VA 7:30 PM $20

March 15 – Tim Frye and the Carolina Travelers, Southland @ Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt Airy NC 7:30 PM $10

March 15 – Seagrove Lions Club Fiddlers Convention @ Seagrove Elementary School, Seagrove NC 7 PM Registration 6-7:30 PM 336/873-7621 or 336/381-3289

March 15 – Seagrove Lions Club Fiddlers Convention @ Seagrove Elementary School, Seagrove NC 7 PM Registration 6 PM until 7:30 PM Info: Tom Curtis 336/873-7621 (8 AM – 5:30 PM) or 336/873-7129 (after 6:30 PM) http://tinyurl.com/2eugtc

March 21 – Hwy 61 Bluegrass Band @ White Rock Civic Center, 4801 Davis Rd, Winston-Salem NC 27105 336/803-3174 7-9 PM $4 Donation

March 21 – Trail Mix @ The Market on Clay, 101 East Clay St, Mebane NC 27302 Cost: Dinner

March 21-22 – Reno Fest Bluegrass Festival featuring South Carolina Band, Guitar & Banjo Championship Contests on Saturday (Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition,  The Grascals, Movin’ On Bluegrass (our 2007 Band Contest winners), Wayne Henderson & Friends, Dailey & Vincent) @ Center Theatre, Hartsville SC 843/332-1600 www.renofest.com

March 22 – Wood & Steel @ R.A. Fountain General Store, Fountain NC

March 22 – Trail Mix @ The General Store Cafe, 39 W St, Pittsboro NC 8:30-10:30 PM

March 22 – Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion @ Orange Senior H.S. Hillsborough NC 7 PM

March 22 – Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Orange Peel, Asheville NC 10 PM

March 22 – Second Chance @ Country Kitchen, Midway NC

March 23 – One String Over @ Black Wolf Vineyards, Dobson NC 12 PM

March 26 – Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby @ Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh NC

March 28 – John Hofmann’s AcousticA, Mel Jones & His Bag o’ Bones @ Fairgrove Musical Arts Academy, 224 Cedar Lodge Rd, Thomasville NC, less than 1 mile from I-85 Exit 103 7:30 PM $10

March 28 – EIGHTwentythree, The Moonshiners @ CPCC Artsfest, Halton Theatre, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte NC 7 PM EIGHTwentythree is the eclectic Bluegrass band detailed so eloquently in the popular book Bluegrass Is My Second Language: A Year in The Life Of An Accidental Bluegrass Musician by John Santa, who plays mandolin, guitar, harmonica and sings for the group. EIGHTwentythree (named for the first time they ever played together–8/23/01) will be performing original compositions from their new CD, The Blessing Of The Strings, due out in May. The group consists of songwriter Greg Eldred on lead vocals and guitar, Keith Carroll on vocals and acoustic (upright) bass, and composer Jeff Wiseman on vocals and banjo. Author John Santa also writes songs for the quartet. Their music draws on many sources from the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe to the pop stylings of the Beatles. The have a dynamic stage show and clearly enjoy making great music together. Their concert on March 28th at the Dale F. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College begins at 7 PM when local group The Moonshiners take the stage with EIGHTwentythree scheduled to perform at 8:45 PM. Bluegrass Is My Second Language: A Year in The Life Of An Accidental Bluegrass Musician (www.bluegrassbook.com) will be available at the venue and there will be a meet the group and the author/book signing following the concert.  Tickets for the CPCC Artsfest event are $10, $5 for students. For directions to the Dale F. Halton Theater, click below: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1206+Elizabeth+Ave.+charlotte+nc

March 28 – Punch Brothers / Chris Thile @ Carolina Theatre, Greensboro NC

March 28 – The Countrymen @ White Rock Civic Center, 4801 Davis Rd, Winston-Salem NC 27105 336/803-3174 7-9 PM $4 Donation

March 28 – 29 – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Showcase of Bands Bluegrass Festival (Friday: Deeper Shade of Blue, Remington Ryde, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Anita Fisher featuring Ray Deaton, Lou Reid & Carolina, James King Band, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road; Saturday: Grass Street, Carolina Junction, Boys from Carolina, Fritts Family, Constant Change, Carolina Sonshine, Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Grass Cats, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road) @ Ramada Inn, 2703 Ramada Rd, Burlington NC (Exit 143 off of I-40) Hotel Reservations: 336/227-5541 Bluegrass Room Rate $60.00, 919/779-5672 E-Mail: carolinaroad@bellsouth.net Web: www.carolinaroadband.com

March 29 – The 18th Annual Oldtime & Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention @ Fairview Ruritan Club, Galax VA 5 PM 276/238-0376 $10 www.bluegrassingalax.com/rurfid.html

March 29 – The Mooresville Lions Club 66th Old Time Fiddlers’ & Bluegrass Convention @ Roland R. Morgan High School, 659 East Center Avenue, Mooresville NC 7:00 PM Call Bob Lineberger 704/663-1586 mooresvillenc.lionwap.org

March 29 -David Parmley & Continental Divide @ Friends of Bluegrass show, Holly Springs Cultural Center, Holly Springs NC

March 29 – Big Country Bluegrass @ Carter Fold, Hiltons VA 7:30 PM

March 30  – Coyote Ridge @ High Lonesome Strings Monthly Meeting & Jam, Greensboro Cultural Center Band Rehearsal Hall, ground floor, 200 N. Davie St Greensboro NC 27282  2 PM (Note: this is the 5th Sunday)
 

Mt Airy NC coming events, music, regular events

Posted in Art, Blue Grass, Blues, Coffee shops, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Media, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

Here is a list of upcoming music and other events taking place in the Mt Airy area:

  • Mr. Lincoln, Celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, Downtown Cinema Theater. For More information please contact The Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or 1-800-286-6193. www.surryarts.org
  • Valentine’s Special at The Old North State Winery, Thursday, February 14, 2008 Live Music. For More information (336) 786-8600, www.oldnorthstatewinery.com
  • Black History Month Celebration, February 15 at Andy Griffith Playhouse. For More information please contact The Surry Arts Council at 1-800-286-6193 or visit www.surryarts.org
  • Fri., Feb. 15 Casino Cruze, Old North State Winery, 6:30 p.m. Live Music
  • Sat., Feb. 16 Steve Lindsley, Old North State Winery, 6:30 p.m. Live Music
  • Sat., Feb. 16 The Carolina Travelers & Round Peak Ramblers, Andy Griffith Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. $10
  • The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, February 19. For More Information please visit www.surryarts.org
  • 2008 Black Heritage Parade in Surry County, Saturday, February 23, Downtown Mount Airy. Click for more.
  • Sat. Feb. 23 Traditions (Soul, Rhythm and Blues), Downtown Cinema, 7 p.m., $3
  • Winter Floral Workshop at The Gertrude Smith House, Feb. 24. Free admission. Call 336-789-4636 or 800-576-0231 to make reservations.
  • The Tommy Jarrell Festival, February 28-March 1, Andy Griffith Playhouse. For More information please visit www.surryarts.org FRIDAY: Reception, 6 p.m. and Dance with Slate Mountain Ramblers along with Benton Flippen and caller Wayne Jarrell 7 p.m., $4, Andy Griffith Playhouse.
  • Fri. Feb. 29 Dornel Pratt, Old North State Winery, 6:30 p.m.
  • Live Music at The Mount Airy Visitors Center. On March 1, 2008 during The Tommy Jarrell Festival. Kirk Sutphin will be playing Old-Time music here at The Mount Airy Visitors Center from 1pm-4pm located at 200 N. Main Street, next to Barney’s Restaurant. For More information please contact us at (336) 786-6116 or www.visitmayberry.com. Stop By and SEE US!

Weekly Events

  • Andy Griffith Museum & Collection, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Pilot Mountain State Park, Hours 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, click here for more information.
  • Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Tours, Tuesday – Saturday, click here for more information.
  • Youth Jam Session, Every Thursday 5:30pm – Andy Griffith Playhouse, call 1-800-286-6193 or visit www.surryarts.org
  • Bluegrass Jam Sessions, Every Thursday and Saturday – Andy Griffith Playhouse, Call 336-786-7998
  • Live Entertaiment at Black Wolf Vineyards every Friday & Saturday Night, (336) 374-2532 or www.blackwolfvineyards.com
  • Live Entertainment Weekly at The Old North State Winery, Fridays & Saturdays, Phone: (336) 786-8600, www.oldnorthstatewinery.com
  • WPAQ MERRY-GO-ROUND, EVERY SATURDAY 11am-1:30pm, www.wpaq740.com
  • Downtown Cinema: Movie Showing Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (336) 786-2222
  • Tour the Dr. Smith House, Donna Fargo Exhibit, The Original Siamese Twins Exhibit and more. Click here for more information.
  • Tour Floyd’s City Barber Shop, for more information call 336-786-2346.
  • Movies at the Bright Leaf Drive-In, Thursday – Sunday, click here for more infomation.
  • Winery Tour, tour several wineries in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region, click here for more information.

Tours/Exhibits/Movies

  • Tues.-Sat. Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 786-4478, Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Mon.-Sat. Donna Fargo Exhibit and more, Robert Smith House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appt. and tours of the Gertrude Smith House, 786-6856
  • Everyday Wine Tasting, Old North State Winery: M-W, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Th.-Sat. 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. and Sun., noon to 6 p.m. $ 789-9463
  • Mon.-Sat. Wine Cellar Tours, Old North State Winery, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or by appt.
  • Everyday but Tues.: MOVIES: Weekly Features, Downtown Cinema Theatre, Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs. at 7 p.m. Also: Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

For more information visit:

www.visitmayberry.com

Charlotte Folk Society, live music, jam sessions, NC music

Posted in Art, Blue Grass, Celtic, Charlotte, Coffee shops, Dilworth Coffee Charlotte, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Greensboro, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I have known about the Charlotte Folk Society for many years. As a member of the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association in Greensboro NC, I would see their events listed on our calendar of events. I have been meaning to attend a jam session in Charlotte, but have been too busy. That is going to change soon. The Charlotte Folk Society has a long tradition of promoting folk, old time, bluegrass and other music. They also have a great website. Here is an excerpt from their website:

“Banjo picker Wayne Erbsen, on a North Carolina Arts Council visiting artist residency in Charlotte, NC, must have wondered whether he was barking up the wrong tree, playing old-time stringband music amid the skyscrapers and suburban sprawl of the biggest city in the Carolinas.

But it wasn’t long before he met up with homegrown guitarist/square dancer Marilyn Meacham Price, who loved the music as much as he did. With Wayne’s encouragement, Marilyn started presenting traditional music events. In 1982 she sent out a call to those who shared her love of traditional music. The result became the Charlotte Folk Society.

Today CFS celebrates its 25th anniversary, looking back on a quarter century of promoting enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts, and lore in the piedmont Carolinas. Turns out that even big city residents native Southerners and newcomers alike are hungry for connections to tradition.”

To learn more about the Charlotte Folk society or to view their list of live music venues, visit:

http://www.folksociety.org/links.shtml#Live

NC bluegrass, old time music, jam sessions, High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association

Posted in Blue Grass, Coffee shops, Entertainment, Events, Greensboro, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I have been a member of the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association for several years. This is a fairly large group of talented bluegrass and old time musicians and musicians of other types of music. I have missed the regular jam sessions in Greensboro NC since I am in Charlotte most of the time. There are many fine people in the group and they welcome newcomers and novices. Sometimes they have jam sessions in coffee shops. Below is the latest schedule of bluegrass jam sessions and performances in the area. I plan to make this a regular post and will set up a page for it.

 Fiddle & Bow Returns to the Airwaves!
Sonny Thomas, who hosted the Fiddle & Bow Show from 1982 through 1998, will be returning to WFDD-FM on February 23rd with a new radio show on the station’s third digital channel, WFDD HD 3.  The show will air on HD radio and from the WFDD website on Saturday nights from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.  HD radio is supposedly the wave of the future for radio.  It offers CD quality sound and other feaures which will make radio listening a greater pleasure.  The show will be called “Saturday Night Roots” and will feature folk/acoustic music from around the world.  Sonny welcomes suggestions and requests.  You can reach him at sothom@aol.com.

  January 31 – Boulder Acoustic Society (A quirky and accessible mix of jazz and string band music on a unique combination of instruments) @ The Old Rock School, Valdese NC

 February 1 – Hwy 61 Bluegrass @ Heavenly Roast Café, 103 East Center Street, Mebane NC 7 PM $5 donation February 1 - John Lilly @ Blessings, Winston-Salem NC 

February 1 – The Buckerettes @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, Hendersonville NC 7:30 PM 

February 1 - Del McCoury Band @ Carolina Theatre, Greensboro NC 

February 1 - Blue Dogs, Old Habits @ The Berkeley Café, 217 W. Martin St, Downtown Raleigh NC 9 PM $12 Advance / $15 Day Of Show 

February 1 – Open jam @ Fairview United Methodist Church, Thomasville NC (2 miles north of Davidson County Community College on Old Greensboro Road) 7 PM Ashley Leonard [Leonard@mmpa.com]This is a new session we just started and hope to have it every two weeks starting February 1st. 

February 2 – The Shady Grove Band w/ Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble @ Stewart Theater, NC State University, Raleigh NC “Blue grass/ Brown earth” traces the history of the banjo through dance and song. www.charlespettee.com or www.theshadygroveband.com  

February 2 – Constant Change @ Scruggs Opry House, Belmont NC 7 PM $8 February 2 – Open house and Open mic with John Hoffmann @ Fairgrove Musical Arts Academy, 224 Cedar Lodge Rd, Thomasville NC 2-5 PM 336/472-1111 learn2play@northstate.net 

February 2 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver @ Fairview Ruritan Club, Galax VA 7:30 PM $15 

February 2 – Del McCoury Band @ Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh NC 8 PM 

February 2 - Blue Highway @ The Berkeley Café, 217 W. Martin St, Downtown Raleigh NC 2 PM $20 

February 2 – Blue Highway, Claire Lynch @ McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte NC 8 PM 

February 2 – Samantha Casey & Bluegrass Jam @ R.A. Fountain General Store, Fountain NC 

February 2 -Tim Summey @ Joe Bean’s Coffee, 1620 National Highway, Thomasville, NC, Thomasville NC 7:30-9:30 PM 

February 2 -The Wells Family, The Bass Lake Drifters @ Friends of Bluegrass show, Holly Springs Cultural Center, Holly Springs NC 7 PM $12 

February 5 – Leon Griffin and Friends @ Music N’ All, Eden Mall, Eden NC 

February 7 – Dana & Susan Robinson @ Cook Shack, Union Grove NC 7:30 PM Open Seating, $10, By Reservation Only: 704-528-5060 or e-mail cookshackshows@roadrunner.com 

February 8 – Kickin’ Grass, Kenny Roby @ The Pour House, Raleigh NC 10 PM 919/821-1120 $8 advance/$10 at door 

February 8 – Doug Elliott @ CFS Monthly Gathering, Bryant Recital Hall, Sloan-Morgan Building, 1220 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte NC 7:30 PM 704/563-7080 or www.folksociety.org Free 

February 8 – Wayne Henderson & Helen White @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, Hendersonville NC 7:30 PM 

February 8 – Max Culler & Magnum Country @ Applewood Music Park, Cana VA 

February 8 – Greenville Grass @ R.A. Fountain General Store, Fountain NC 

February 8 – Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion @ Rudy Theatre, Selma NC 8 PM 

February 9 - Steel Magnolia @ Bluegrass Ridge, 3825 Williams Dairy Rd, Liberty NC 7:30 PM (6.5 miles from Liberty off Old Liberty Rd South, 3.7 miles from Hwy 421 Bypass, left after 2nd bridge on Williams Dairy Road, 1st building on the right) Info: Sarge Fuller 336/622-6811 

February 9 – Bluegrass / BBQ Benefit @ Whispering Pines Rescue Squad, Ray’s Bridge Road, Whispering Pines NC 28327 11-7 PM 910/783-8518 

February 9 – An Evening with LIVINGSTON TAYLOR @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, Hendersonville NC 7:30 PM 

February 9 - Lawson Creek, Dymond City Express, Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys @ Eastern NC Bluegrass Assoc., Kinston, NC 

February 9 - Doug Elliott @ Bryant Recital Hall, Sloan-Morgan Building, 1220 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte NC 7:30 PM 704/563-7080 or www.folksociety.org Free 

February 9 – Gove Scrivenor @ The BNC, 649 Walnut Street, Cary NC 27511 3 PM 919/342-5251 $10 http://www.i-bnc.com   http://www.solidgove.com 

February 10 – The Capital City Five @ Daniel’s Auditorium, NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St, Raleigh NC 3-4 PM Free 

February 10 – SE Systems Trade Show with seminars, factory reps & new products @ SE Systems, 2605 Phoenix Dr, Greensboro NC 11:45 AM – 5:30 PM 336/275-4444 Free. Pre-registration required for seminars and to be eligible for door prizes. 

February 11 – SE Systems Special Seminar: Introduction to Digitally Networked Sound Systems by Yamaha @ SE Systems, 2605 Phoenix Dr, Greensboro NC 336/275-4444 Free. Pre-registration required. 

February 11 – Boys From Carolina @ Bethesda Ruritan Club, 1714 S. Miami Blvd, Durham NC Free 7:30-8:30 PM 919/271-7594 

February 11 - Monthly Bluegrass Jam Session @ Scruggs Opry House, Belmont NC 7-9 PM February 12 – SE Systems Special Seminar: Yamaha PM5D Digital Mixing Console basic and advanced concepts @ SE Systems, 2605 Phoenix Dr, Greensboro NC 336/275-4444 Free. Pre-registration required.. 

February 14 – The Taj Mahal Trio @ Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh NC 

February 15 – Tommy Edwards and Jack Lawrence @ Holly Springs Cultural Center, Holly Springs NC 919/567-4000 8 PM 

February 15 - Guy Davis @ Blessings, Winston-Salem NC 

February 15-16 – Kinston Winter Bluegrass Festival (Sweet Potato Pie, The Lewis Family, Lost & Found, The Grass Cats, Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, Goldwing Express, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, J.D. Crowe & the New South) @ Lenoir Community College Gym, Hwy 70 East, Kinston NC 252/233-6865 www.kinstonwinterbluegrass.com 

February 16 – Coyote Ridge @ The General Store Cafe, 39 W St, Pittsboro NC 8:30-10:30 PM 

February 16 – Chrystal Sawyer, Constant Change @ Liberty Showcase, Liberty NC 336/622-3844 7 PM $12 Seniors, $11 Seniors, Children under 12 Free 

February 16 – John Cowan, Darrell Scott & Pat Flynn, Minton Sparks & John Jackson @ The Foundation, Isothermal Community College campus, Spindale NC 7:30 PM 828/286-9990 

February 16 – The Carolina Travelers, The Round Peak Ramblers @ Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt Airy NC 

February 16-23 – 10th Annual Bluegrass Music Cruise & 4th Annual Banjo/Guitar Workshop Cruise (Cherryholmes, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Mark Newton Band, Grasstowne, Alecia Nugent, Tim Graves & Cherokee) @ Liberty of the Seas, 888/711-7447 www.cruise-eto.com 

February 22-24 – Bluegrass First Class (Friday 1-5 PM, 7 PM – midnight: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, J.D. Crowe & The New South (with guest Tony Rice), The Dailey-Vincent Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad; Saturday 1-5 PM, 7 PM – midnight: Fiddle Workshop with Bobby Hicks and Jan Johansson from 9 AM – 1 PM, Doc Watson, Tony Rice & Jack Lawrence, IIIrd Tyme Out, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Balsam Range (with guest Tony Rice); Sunday 9-11 AM: Sunday Morning Bluegrass Gospel in Sunken Lobby, featuring Miller’s Creek & Warren Wilson College Choir) @ Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville NC For Hotel Reservations, call Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, 800/733-3211; For tickets and information, contact Milton Harkey, 828/275-8650 www.bluegrassfirstclass.com  

February 23 – Blue Highway @ Fairview Ruritan Club, Galax VA 7:30 PM $15 

February 23 – Claire Lynch Band @ Holly Springs Cultural Center, Holly Springs NC 919/567-4000  

February 23 – The Smokey Joe Show @ Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center, Hendersonville NC 7:30 PM February 23 – Tim Summey @ Joe Bean’s Coffee, Thomasville NC 

February 24 – Boys From Carolina @ High Lonesome Strings Monthly Meeting & Jam, Greensboro Cultural Center Band Rehearsal Hall, ground floor, 200 N. Davie St Greensboro NC 27282  2 PM 

February 27 – Cherryholmes @ Stevens Center, Winston-Salem NC Orchestra – $29, Orchestra Group rate – $22, Balcony – $25, Balcony Group rate – $19 336/721-1945 www.ncarts.edu/Stevens_Center February 29 – TOMMY JARRELL FESTIVAL RECEPTION AND DANCE (Slate Mountain Ramblers along with Benton Flippen and caller, Wayne Jarrell (Tommy’s son) with square dancing and two step favorites) @ Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt Airy NC 7 PM $4 

February 29 – The Far City Boys @ Scruggs Opry House, Belmont NC 7 PM $8 

Charlotte NC music, coffee shops, jam sessions

Posted in Blue Grass, Blues, Celtic, Charlotte, Classical, Coffee shops, Entertainment, Events, Greensboro, Jazz, Music, NC music, Old Time music, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I have been living in Charlotte for over a year now. I have been in many areas of the city, visited many coffee shops and attended several music venues. I really like the Neighborhood Theatre in NODA, one of my favorite areas of Charlotte. One area I have been disappointed in is small venue live music and varieties of music. Specifically, coffee shop or small cafes with live music. I’ve got to tell you Charlotteans, you have been one upped by Greensboro again. Greensboro has a larger coliseum and gets better college basketball events. Greensboro had the downtown baseball stadium first with record attendance. And guess what, Greensboro has a better and more diversified music scene, especially in the coffee shop or small cafe venue. So, I am issueing a challenge to Charlotte residents.  Would you attend live coffee shop music events? Think about it. This is a no brainer. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can listen to top notch entertainment. Some of these people, like Hootie and the Blowfish, played to small audiences in the Carolinas when they were getting started. We have a lot of musical talent around Charlotte and in North Carolina. Let me know what you think. Many coffee shop owners want to provide live music but in the past advertising was too expensive. Well, the internet fixes that. Perhaps you are looking for a jam session site. Let me know. I will try to hook you up with a location. Also, we need a variety of music, including jazz, blues, classical, celtic, old time, bluegrass as well as rock. Let’s see if Charlotte has a pulse and is not one of the worst places to live.

NC music, jam sessions, guitarist meetup

Posted in Blue Grass, Blues, Coffee shops, Entertainment, Events, Music, NC music, Old Time music, Raleigh, Rock with tags , , , , , , on February 6, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I just found an interesting website, guitarist meetup.It is a site for guitar players to get together by city and state. If you are looking for a group to jam with or want to start one, this looks like a good place to start. A group in Raleigh looks pretty interesting. Here is the link for North Carolina cities:

http://guitarist.meetup.com/cities/us/nc/

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