Music – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:59:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Music – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Music – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Music – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/arts-entertainment/music/ TV-G 63016882 Join the Chatham Arts Council for the 46th Anniversary Concert of the Bluegrass Experience http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/13/join-chatham-arts-council-46th-anniversary-concert-bluegrass-experience/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:57:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8117 Pittsboro, NC – Join the Chatham Arts Council for the 46th Anniversary Concert of the Bluegrass Experience. Thanks to Opus Financial Advisors and our other arts-lovin’ sponsors, it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon. The event will take place on…

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Pittsboro, NC – Join the Chatham Arts Council for the 46th Anniversary Concert of the Bluegrass Experience. Thanks to Opus Financial Advisors and our other arts-lovin’ sponsors, it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon.

The event will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the Fearrington Barn in Chatham County’s Fearrington Village.

You can purchase advance tickets at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington or online at bluegrass2017.brownpapertickets.com/. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door for adults. Tickets for kids (ages 3-12) are $8.

Why: Reason #1: Because 46 years of playing together makes a band really dang good. The Bluegrass Experience’s current band members Tommy Edwards, Snuffy Smith, Keith Thomas, Stan Brown, and Michael Aldridge and former members “Fiddlin Al” McCanless, Leroy Savage, Jimmy Cameron.

During it’s 46 years of existence, the band has fielded a total of only 12 members. Of the six founders (photo on the left), three have passed on and two, guitarist Edwards and bassist Thomas “Snuffy” Smith, remain with the group to this day. They have four albums to their credit.

The band plays bluegrass with the traditional instruments (banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass) but sometimes “reinterpret” rock, folk or country songs in a bluegrass fashion. They play original tunes and covers of traditional favorites,

Bland Simpson will be the master of ceremonies this year.

Reason #2: Because proceeds from the concert will benefit Chatham County children through the Council’s Artists-in-Schools Initiative. The Bluegrass Experience, led by former Chatham County Schools teacher Tommy Edwards, believes in arts and education. They celebrate their 46th anniversary of making music together, and proceeds go to place more artists in more Chatham schools.

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Nu-Blu teams with Siler City PD for Blu-Blast Block Party July 14 as part of National Night Out http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/06/nu-blu-teams-siler-city-police-department-blu-blast-block-party-july-14-part-national-night/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:09:05 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7754 Siler City, NC – Bluegrass/Americana sensation Nu-Blu will be making a rare hometown appearance July 14, when they team with the Siler City Police Department to bring a new event downtown.The Blu-Blast Block Party will be held at the Oasis…

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Siler City, NC – Bluegrass/Americana sensation Nu-Blu will be making a rare hometown appearance July 14, when they team with the Siler City Police Department to bring a new event downtown.The Blu-Blast Block Party will be held at the Oasis Open Air Market, and will celebrate the heritage of Siler City. The award-winning band will be featured in a free concert, as the band celebrates their sixth national album release,Vagabonds, which hit stores in April. The event will serve as the official kickoff event for National Night Out.

“Spending 200 plus days a year on tour doesn’t afford us much time here at home where it all started,” said Carolyn Routh. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Chief Tyson and the officers and support staff of the Siler City Police Department and town staff in putting together this community oriented event. Nu-Blu is always excited to give back to all the folks at home who have supported us and our music over the years.”

There is something for everyone at the Blu-Blast Block Party. In addition to great live music, the event will have great food and fun for the entire family, including games for the kids. Along with food vendors, there will also be arts and crafts vendors on-site, showcasing the very best of central North Carolina. Officers of the Siler City Police Department will also be on-hand to meet with attendees, and help spread the love.

The free Blu-Blast Block Party will take place in Siler City, North Carolina July 14 from 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET. The event will be held at the Oasis Open Air Market, located in Siler City, North Carolina.

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About Nu-Blu:
Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

National Night Out:
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

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Three 360 degree videos of Big Time Band performing at 2017 Pittsboro Summerfest http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/05/7747/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:39:05 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7747 by Gene Galin Pittsboro, NC – Big Time Band was kind enough to let me capture the them playing on the main stage at the Pittsboro Summerfest on Sunday, July 2 with the LG360 CAM. I set the camera up…

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by Gene Galin

Pittsboro, NC – Big Time Band was kind enough to let me capture the them playing on the main stage at the Pittsboro Summerfest on Sunday, July 2 with the LG360 CAM. I set the camera up in front of the band on the stage to get the videos.

Big Time Band at Pittsboro SummerfestYou can view the videos on YouTube. Use your cursor to scroll all around the videos to see the band and the audience in a 360 degree perspective. For some reason the videos’ initial view is of the crowd. You will need to scroll to your left or right to see the band.

Big Time Band performs “Play that Funky Music”

 

Big Time Band plays “Can’t Stop that Feeling”

NOTE: In the 2:40 point on the video you can scroll to see the bass player on street level playing to the audience

 

Big Time Band plays “Cherry Groove”

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Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music 11th season starts May 5 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/23/bynum-front-porch-friday-night-music-11th-season-starts-may-5/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:22:49 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7614 Bynum, NC – Every Friday night from May to August, people come to the former cotton mill town in Chatham County, NC. Folks visit and talk as the crowd gathers. Food trucks are there – Barney’s Hot Dogs and Little…

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Bynum, NC – Every Friday night from May to August, people come to the former cotton mill town in Chatham County, NC. Folks visit and talk as the crowd gathers. Food trucks are there – Barney’s Hot Dogs and Little Dipper’s Italian Ice. Allen and Son’s BBQ is just up the road. Sometimes goodies from a non-profit bake sale.

Bynum Front Porch LogoAt 7 pm the music starts. There is an outdoor stage (and an indoor stage in the store if it rains). A different band each week: Tonk, the Bluegrass Experience, Lizzy Ross, the Gospel Jubilators, The Durham Ukulele Orchestra. A pith helmet is passed to pay the band. ($10 suggested.) Young and old dance.

There are art programs for the kids and toys and books and screen doors for kids to learn to bang. No pets or alcohol. Fireflies. Sometimes thunder.

Summer nights – listening to the clear voices and sweet songs melding with the cacophony from crickets, owls, tree frogs and toads. Not being able to tell if the white lights are fireflies or Christmas lights. 3/4 time. Not worrying. Not rushing. Just being. As twilight descends.

Come rock with us.

Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music: rain or shine, 7-9pm, May – August!

May 5: Violet Bell (Lizzie Ross & Omar Ruiz-Lopez) www.Lizzy.net

May 12: Onyx Club Boys facebook.com/onyxclubboysnc

May 19: Boys from Carolina www.boysfromcarolina.com

May 26: Milagro Saints www.milagrosaints.com/

Jun 2: Too Much Fun www.tmfband.com

Jun 9: Gabe Pelli & Will Ridenour www.willridenour.com

Jun 16: Holland Bros. www.facebook.com/HollandBros

Jun 23: Bynum Front Porch Pickers – A music fundraiser for Bynum Front Porch’s scholarships!

www.bynumfrontporch.org/programs

Jun 30 : Heart of Carolina Jazz Society www.carolinajazz.com

Jul 7: Blue Cactus bluecactusmusic.com

Jul 14: Gray Matter www.graymatternc.com

Jul 21: Bobby Gales & New Direction

www.facebook.com/newdirectionbluegrass

Jul 28: Tonk  www.tonknc.com

Aug 4: Swift Creek www.swiftcreekmusic.com

Aug 11: Gospel Jubilators www.pinecone.org/artists/gospel-jubilators

Aug 18: Durham Ukulele Orchestra www.durhamukuleleorchestra.com

Aug 25: Bluegrass Experience www.facebook.com/bluegrass.experience

 

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www.bynumfrontporch.org

Bynum Front Porch
950 Bynum Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/N2yaRNmQRck

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Upcoming Events in Chatham County http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/18/upcoming-events-chatham-county/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:19:10 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7583 Pittsboro, NC – Here are some of the activities taking place in Chatham County, NC the week of April 17. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Meet Blake Johnson from the Corps of Engineers Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council will host our…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here are some of the activities taking place in Chatham County, NC the week of April 17.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet Blake Johnson from the Corps of Engineers
Southeast Chatham Citizens Advisory Council will host our regular meeting at 7 pm at the Moncure Fire Department, 2389 Old  US #1, Moncure,  NC 27559. Guest speaker will be Blake Johnson from the Corps of Engineers. All Chatham County residents are  welcome.
There are no dues or fees to participate in SCCAC, but we do  accept donations that are used to support community  programs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wake Up Wednesday!
Have you opened a new business or organization in Chatham? Are you eager to reinvigorate your business with new clients and energy? Wake Up Wednesday is for you!

Share news about your products, services, skills, or non-profit events and programs with other people who may need what you have to offer at Wake Up Wednesday on April 19 at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. Networking starts at 8am. The meeting begins at 8:30 and ends promptly at 9:30. Admission is $5 and includes a hot breakfast.

Professional speaker and coach Barnsley Brown of Spirited Solutions will be the featured speaker.

Senior Games Opening Ceremonies
Join the Chatham County Council on Aging for our annual Senior Games Opening Ceremonies celebration at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center (365 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro).

Join us starting at 10:30 am for SilverArts Display and awards, performing arts show, fun walk, lunch and demonstrations (bocce, cornhole, football/softball throw and horseshoes!) Special guest Louise Gooche from the NC Senior Games Board and guest speaker Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson.

For information, contact Lindsay Hickling at 919-542-4512.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Screening of “Democracy for Sale: Money in Politics and Voting Rights”

The Chatham County Democratic Party invites you to a screening of “Democracy for Sale: Money in Politics and Voting Rights” from the series America Divided, at 6:30 pm in the Holmes Room of the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis investigates the political landscape in his home state of North Carolina and considers how it’s emblematic of the country’s deepening political divide during the 2016 campaign.

Because space is limited in the Holmes Room, please RSVP at chathamdemsnc.net/democracy_for_sale.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Northwood High School BFAA’s Spring Fling for the Gold and Green!

NHS BFAA presents the second annual Spring Fling for the Gold and Green from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Chatham County Justice Center Parking Lot, just south of the circle in Pittsboro.

Entertainment on the main stage all day. Spring Fling is a downtown street fair with crafts, food, music, dance and fun family events to support Northwood High School, our kids and our community.

Best of All – REVERSE RAFFLE for a chance to win $50,000!  Only 1500 tickets will be sold.
Tickets are $100 each. Buy one, or more or go in with a group of friends or family and split the prize!
Tickets can be purchased online at http://nhsbfaa.org/spring-fling.html using either PayPal or a credit card (there is a small service fee) or directly from NHSBFAA board members. *Winnings are subject to Federal and NC tax laws.
For more information, including a list of performers and booths or to purchase your Raffle tickets visit nhsbfaa.org/spring-fling.html

JOINT Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening for 501 Pharmacy AND Carolina Convenient Care

501 PharmacyThe public is invited to attend a joint Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Celebration for 501 Pharmacy and Carolina Convenient Care, 98 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill.  Please join us in supporting this new business. After a 12 noon Ribbon Cutting, refreshments from Subway will be available to guests.

501 Pharmacy is a full service retail pharmacy located at the Veranda, in front of the Briar Chapel community. The pharmacy strives to offer speedy service, consultations, compounding, free delivery within the area, and serve ice cream exclusively from Maple View Farms! 501 Pharmacy is owned by Han Su.

Carolina Convenient Care was founded in January of 2017 to provide comprehensive urgent care services to the residents of the Briar Chapel community and surrounding areas of Chapel Hill, NC. They are open seven days a week and there is no appointment necessary to visit their office.

Event Date and Time: Apr 22 201712:00pm – 1:30pm
Location Name: 501 Pharmacy
Location Address: 98 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill (Veranda area at Briar Chapel)

2017 Bynum Bridge Fest and Studio Tour

Come out to the Bynum Bridge Fest and Studio Tour from 10 am to 5 pm in Bynum, NC.

Not only will there be 32 great artists on display, but there will be outdoor fun for all ages thanks to Clapping Hands Farm and storyteller, Cynthia Raxter.

Browse the bridge, walk the mill village – we have breakfast, lunch and a sweet treat. Grab a bite from one of our food trucks, such as local favorites “Breakfast and Beyond” and “Merry Franksters”. Take a break, cool off with an Italian Ice and listen to live storytelling by Cynthia Raxter or enjoy a creative kids craft with Clapping Hands Farm.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Northwood Band Boosters 7th Annual Motors for Music Car Show

Northwood High School Marching Band logoCome out to the 7th Annual Motors for Music Car Show and support Northwood High School’s instrumental music program.

The car show will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Alpha Install on Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro. Registration opens at 8am. Bring the whole family! There will be live music and food!

Funds from the Motors for Music Car Show go directly to support the instrumental music programs at Northwood High School. Our marching band continues to grow every year. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For information about sponsorship or donating a raffle item for car show participants, please contact William Huneycutt at *protected email*.

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N.C. State Fair’s Homegrown Music Fest lineup set http://chathamjournal.com/2016/08/13/n-c-state-fairs-homegrown-music-fest-lineup-set/ Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:58:19 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6815 Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s musical talent and stylistic range run deep, and visitors to the 2016 N.C. State Fair will have the chance to experience that firsthand Oct. 13-23 with 117 concerts planned on three stages over 11 days.…

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Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s musical talent and stylistic range run deep, and visitors to the 2016 N.C. State Fair will have the chance to experience that firsthand Oct. 13-23 with 117 concerts planned on three stages over 11 days.

“Our ag industry is one of the most diverse in the country, but you could say the same about the musical acts that call North Carolina home,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This year’s Homegrown Music Fest features beach, heavy metal, jazz, country, gospel, Cajun/zydeco blues, rock, reggae, psychedelic, choral, and rhythm and blues.”

An Evening with Maceo ParkerKinston’s own Maceo Parker will perform Oct. 23 in Dorton Arena. The renowned funk and jazz saxophonist has worked with such legendary stars as Prince, James Brown, and George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. He was inducted into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the N.C. Heritage Award this year.

The roots-rock band Delta Rae will make Dorton one of its tour stops on Oct. 15. Hailing from Durham, this band has captured the hearts of fans and created strong buzz, signing with Sire Records in 2012 and releasing its second full-length album, “After it All,” in 2015. Fans can no doubt expect to hear such favorites as “Bottom of the River,” “If I Loved You” and “Scared.”

Any North Carolina musical lineup is not complete without beach music, and fans can dance the night away Oct. 17 to the tunes of The Embers featuring Craig Woolard along with Jim Quick & Coastline. Both bands are staples of the genre, playing original music and covers, including “I Love Beach Music” and “Summertime’s Calling Me.”

EmbersAt the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Raleigh’s Corrosion of Conformity will rock the rafters Oct. 21 with its heavy metal sound. This Grammy-nominated band formed in 1982 and has continued to record new music and gather fans along the way as openers for such heavy hitters as Metallica, Motorhead and Disturbed.

Dorton will also host two nights of local gospel music with Elevation Church on Oct. 14 and with the Unity Choir of Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the Instrument of Praise Concert Chorale and Salvation & Deliverance Church Choir on Oct. 20.

All concerts are free with paid State Fair admission. For a complete list of all the musical acts and performance times, go to www.ncstatefair.org/2016/Attractions/HomegrownMusic.htm.

Advance tickets are on sale now online, offering savings on admission and ride tickets. The 2016 N.C. State Fair runs Oct. 13-23. Go to www.ncstatefair.org for more information.

Fairgoers can also check out other featured N.C. artists on the Waterfall Stage and the Heritage Circle Stage. Concerts begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 6 p.m.

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Northwood’s Pitch Please takes first place in NCASA High School A Cappella competition http://chathamjournal.com/2016/05/18/northwoods-pitch-please-takes-1st-place/ Wed, 18 May 2016 22:51:29 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6302 Pittsboro, NC — Northwood A Cappella group, Pitch Please, traveled to Cox Mill High School in Concord, NC to compete in the NCASA High School A Cappella competition. The group took 1st place and received special awards for “Best Male…

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Pittsboro, NC — Northwood A Cappella group, Pitch Please, traveled to Cox Mill High School in Concord, NC to compete in the NCASA High School A Cappella competition. The group took 1st place and received special awards for “Best Male Soloist”, Andrew Bonomolo, “Best Female Soloist”, Carmyn Johnson, and “Best Choreography”. Pitch Please is directed by Matthew Hanson, Northwood’s Vocal Music teacher.

Student members include: Carmyn Johnson, Kaitlyn Jones, Ali Knowles, Jacob Buster, Olivia Somers, Jacqueline Helgans, Brenda Ruto, Andrew Bonomolo, Connor Lewis, Timmie White, Sarah Beck, Valerie Moore, Lily Parsons, Corbin Edwards, Lindsey Lucas, Randall Dowdy, Emerson Batsche.

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Americana artist Steve Hartsoe returns To Pittsboro Roadhouse on May 27 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/28/americana-artist-steve-hartsoe-returns-pittsboro-roadhouse-may-27/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:40:46 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6192 Pittsboro, NC – Combining the strains of acoustic folk music with the snarl of electric roots rock, Americana singer-songwriter Steve Hartsoe performs songs from his forthcoming album backed by a three-piece band Friday, May 27, at the Pittsboro Roadhouse &…

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Pittsboro, NC – Combining the strains of acoustic folk music with the snarl of electric roots rock, Americana singer-songwriter Steve Hartsoe performs songs from his forthcoming album backed by a three-piece band Friday, May 27, at the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store in Pittsboro, N.C.

The free, all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. The Pittsboro Roadhouse is located at 39 West Street. Info: (919) 542-2432, https://www.reverbnation.com/show/18475793

Hartsoe, a former journalist by day, honed his musical teeth fronting an alternative rock band in the San Francisco area while sharing the bill with such notable artists as Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, The Smithereens, Mudhoney and Dan Vickrey (now of Counting Crows).

A solo artist since the 1990s, Hartsoe is finishing a full album targeted for summer 2016 release. Along with 10 self-penned tracks, the album features a cover of Tom Petty’s “Trailer.” Backing Hartsoe on the album are Luke Bryan’s guitarist/steel player Dave Ristrim, local musicians Wahba (bass, guitars, keyboards), his son, Eli (drums) and California guitarist Phil Benjamin, a former Hartsoe bandmate.

Hartsoe released his most recent album, the four-song “Neo-Traditional,” online in November 2014, featuring the track, “Seven Miles to Wilmington.”

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Eric Sommer hosts 6th annual Mother’s Day concert in Fearrington Village on May 8 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/26/eric-sommer-hosts-6th-annual-mothers-day-concert-fearrington-village/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:58:38 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6173 Pittsboro, NC – McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village is the home of many a poetry reading and book signing and now it adds “The Eric Sommer Mother’s Day Concert” to its list of impressive events.  For the past 5 years…

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Pittsboro, NC – McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village is the home of many a poetry reading and book signing and now it adds “The Eric Sommer Mother’s Day Concert” to its list of impressive events.  For the past 5 years Eric has played a special Mother’s Day Concert in Fearrington Village in honor of his mother, and Fearrington Resident, American Painter Joan Sommers. McIntyre’s Books is located at 220 Market Street, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312 and can be reached by telephone at (919) 542-3030.

eric sommerNow in its 6th year, this unique Concert Series has gained a large and loyal following, even though Joan Sommers passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2014. This is due in no small part to Joan’s influence on the local arts community where she had been an active participant for more than a decade, but also to Eric’s national standing as one of the best singer/songwriters and guitar players on the road today.

“If there’s a place for musical perfection, it’s wherever you’ll find Eric Sommer – A blistering acoustic style plus a variety of slide and open tuning formats will knock you for a loop…” wrote Studdie Burns, Melody Hut UK in 2013. “How one guy can do this so well is remarkable, but when you look a little deeper there’s a batch of road miles around this lad… and it all makes sense.”

Eric started his musical career in the Boston area and has been a regular player on many national tours and showcases. He worked in Europe for two years with Nick Lowe and acts Bram Tchaikovsky and Wreckless Eric on Danish, German and British rock stages, returned to Boston and formed The Atomics, a cult power-pop band in South Boston and toured relentlessly with Mission of Burma, Gang of Four and The Dead Kennedys. His influences are as diverse as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Steve Howe and The Ramones. Mr. Sommer’s current project with power trio “The Solar Flares” shake up Chet Atkins and David Bromberg influences with those of Randy Travis and British Rocker Elvis Costello – a remarkable mix.

Touring and managing a growing list of musical recordings keep Eric on the road almost 270 days a year, where he is becoming a regular on the Texas Red Dirt Circuit, playing with Bart Crow in Alpine Texas at The Railroad Blues and Aaron Einhorn in Wichita Falls, Texas in August at The Iron Horse. Not surprisingly, Eric is a regular player at venues up and down the Eastern seaboard as well. In July, Eric will be back in London supporting the 10th Anniversary of London’s Lantern Society as well as performing with The Rev. Peyton and His Big Damn Band in Oxford, UK on July 28th.

Currently Eric is in Chapel Hill, taking a few weeks off from touring while putting the finishing touches on his latest record which was just finished in Brooklyn at Room 17 Studios. He and Gretchen are keeping close to his Dad who, at 90 years old, lives in Fearrington Village as The Poet Laureate, and runs a Poetry Club on the third Wednesday of every month, now in it’s 10th year.

The May 8th Concert will feature a lot of new material of the upcoming record “Brooklyn Bolero” including the harmonica/scat tune “Cereal Song” as well as “Europe, Europe” from Rainy Day Karma, a 2014 release.

He has been on the road, in the studio, on stage, in front of or behind Jerry Douglas, Buddy Guy, Leon Redbone, John Mayall, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Andy McKee, John Hammond Jr., simply too many to name…

With open tunings, slide guitar, lap-slap tone guitar and a remarkably aggressive fingering style approach, watching Eric Sommer will make you jump out of your seat and holler for joy! There are very few players who have maintained this authentic American style of guitar and Eric Sommer is one of the very best.

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Jordan-Matthews Honor Choir performs in South Carolina http://chathamjournal.com/2016/03/10/jordan-matthews-honor-choir-performs-south-carolina/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 19:23:26 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5990 Siler City, NC — The Honors Chorus from Jordan-Matthews High School, under the direction of Matt Frye, recently performed in Columbia, South Carolina at the University of South Carolina Invitational Honors Chorus. They performed Schubert’s Mass in G. The piece,…

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Siler City, NC — The Honors Chorus from Jordan-Matthews High School, under the direction of Matt Frye, recently performed in Columbia, South Carolina at the University of South Carolina Invitational Honors Chorus. They performed Schubert’s Mass in G. The piece, and many others will be featured at performances throughout the semester and at the Spring Concert on May 26.

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