February 22 – Gnarly Blue
Conceived in 2015, Gnarly Blue is Carl Badger’s Old Time music project centered around old songs from the hills of old Virginia to the cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Carl’s facility and versatility on instruments shows in his guitar, clawhammer banjo, and fiddle playing, while Jim Prichard switches back and forth with ease on mandolin, guitar, and penny whistle, and Jan Pulley round out the trio on bass fiddle. All three write songs worthy of a listen both in tune and story. Take a ride on the roots music caravan and see where the old time music takes you.
February 29 – Don Smith & Eric Thomas
Yes, you read it right! Eric and Don will be returning to Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse (https://sacredgroundscoffeehouse.org/) in Durham on Leap Day (Saturday, Feb 29th). They do this every 15-18 months, and it’s always a blast for us as they abandon their usual musical styles and “go crazy”! This show will consist of tunes drawn from rock ‘n roll, rhythm ‘n blues, and country … not to mention some of their original material. Some of the artists they’ll be covering are The Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, The Who, Steppenwolf, Hank Williams, Jim Croce, and Johnny Rivers. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
March 7 – Blake Addison
Blake wrote “My music is about people, and their relationship with our Creator. God loves us so much, and wants to be a part of our daily routine & lives! All of the songs that I wrote on the “Unreachable” were God inspired and pulled right out of the Bible. I am giving back to Him what He has so freely given to me! The gift of music!!”
March 14 – The Parsons
Jon and Caroline Parsons have shared the joys and trials of their lives together with audiences for 25 years. It’s all there – the love, the loss, the work, the celebration – and it’s the real thing. Their songs, stories and voices are built for audiences ready to embrace the humor, beauty and mystery of life. They live in rural southeastern NC (Grays Creek) just south of Fayetteville. Caroline is a gifted songwriter, singer and bassist, and Jon will juggle guitars, banjo, and mandolins – in addition to doing his best to keep up with Caroline’s singing! This duet is seasoned by more than 17 years of playing and singing together – and it shows.
March 21 – Todd Parrott
Todd is a Christian harmonica player, keyboardist and singer – if you haven’t heard a really good harmonica player perform you will be shocked at the great and varied sounds Todd can produce. His appearances are not merely “performances”, but are opportunities for those present to be blessed as they open their hearts through singing and music. Come and see why Todd is so highly thought of at Sacred Grounds.
March 28 – City Folk
City Folk (Pete Smith and Jane Muldoon-Smith) is an acoustic folk group that plays music spanning contemporary folk and pop music to country-folk music. They are one of our long time favorites at Sacred Grounds – Pete is a fine singer and master on guitar and Jane has one of the purest voices you’ll hear on our stage. Their daughters Jessica (vocals) and Joanna (bass player) occasionally perform and add to this already great night of music.
April 4 – Delsin Menolascino
Delsin Menolascino is a guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter originally from rural Wisconsin. He has performed in churches, in dance clubs, in bars, at festivals, in subways, at Busch stadium, on street corners, at executive conferences, on mountaintops, at a pig roast, and around countless campfires. He has directed touring choirs and recorded several albums. His eclectic tastes and variety of life experience are reflected in a diverse repertoire. Expect to hear heartfelt original acoustic tunes, Bach fugues, spiritual meditations, rousing covers from the folk/rock/pop catalogue, and much more. He is often joined by his talented children Chiara (violin, guitar, piano, and voice) and Ivan (cello and piano), as well as other guest performers.
April 11 – String Peddlers
The String Peddlers is an acoustic band out of Raleigh, NC. composed of Stuart Gordon (sings and plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Bob Setzer (sings and plays harmonica, strumstick, mandolin and kalimba), Bill Olding (sings and plays electric and acoustic guitars) and Frank DeFillippi on electronic persussion. They play an eclectic mix that could range from blues to reggae, from calypso to folk. You might hear mandolins, harmonicas, strumsticks, and even the occasional kalimba. Without missing a beat it could go from Johnny Cash, to Jimmy Reed, to the Melodians. String Peddlers are regularly scheduled artists at Sacred Grounds and are always a lot of fun so please come hear for yourself.
April 18 – Dogwood Blossom Band
The Dogwood Blossom Band is a five-piece mostly acoustic band based in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC. Tom Williams, Cathy Klein, and Mike Paris have performed together for more than six years in various projects and this current collaboration has been playing as a band in the region since August 2012. New members, George Michaels and Rebecca Ogus, joined the band in the Fall of 2015.
Their music incorporates Americana, folk, a dash of bluegrass, a little country, and some Dogwoodized classic pop/rock tunes, and original songs written by band members. Songs by artists such as Levon Helm, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, John Prine, J.D. Souther, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbel, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Bob Dylan, Zac Brown Band, Paul Simon and others are in their repertoire.
Cathy Klein – vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
George Michaels – vocals, guitar, banjo
Rebecca Ogus – vocals, violin, percussion
Mike Paris – vocals, upright and electric bass, guitar, dobro, percussion
Tom Williams – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion
April 25 – Shadowhawk
Shadowhawk Bluegrass Band started several years back in the Raleigh Durham area. They play mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. The band is known for their rich three and four part vocal harmonies, including gospel and accapella singing. Shadowhawk is Kelly Tew on mandolin and vocals. Rick Stanley on rhythm guitar and vocals. Kenny Knox on Bass and vocals. Eddie Choplin on lead guitar and vocals, and Gerald Bozarth on banjo.
May 2 – Tokyo Rosenthal
“Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can”. “Take Jackson Browne’s personal confessions and wrap them in Kris Kristofferson’s world weary tales of broken relationships and you have an idea of what to expect from Tokyo Rosenthal.” “This is Americana with real teeth in the lyrics”. This and more is what the critics are saying about Tokyo Rosenthal. Tokyo has opened for America, Stephen Still and other recording stars plus toured the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Scotland, Netherlands , etc. To save room listing his accomplishments, please go to tokyorosenthal.com and see for yourself. This should be an interesting night of music you don’t want to miss.