String Beings is a trio from Durham, NC who plays originals and standards in Americana, Roots, Country and Bluegrass genres. Comprised of Jim Prichard on mandolin, guitar, and vocals,
Glen Stewart on guitar and vocals plus Jan Pulley on the bass fiddle and vocals, their vocal flair is delivered through a collection of original pieces, heartfelt ballads, gospel inspiration, country classics, with some folk and traditional standards sprinkled in. Their first visit to Sacred Grounds led to many requests to bring them back – we did so please come and enjoy their music.
July 31 – 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), and will be joined by their long-time musical partner and friend Jerome Hawkes. Caroline is a gifted songwriter, singer and bassist, and Jon and Jerome will juggle guitars, banjo, and mandolins – in addition to doing their best to keep up with Caroline’s singing! This trio is seasoned by more than 19 years of playing and singing together – and it shows.
August 7 – Elizabeth June
Elizabeth June is a gospel singer who has sung spirituals and hymns in church since
the age of 7. She started directing choirs when she was in the third grade and
continued directing choirs all through college. June has toured with gospel ensembles
to England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Israel and the
Caribbean. June’s music video, “FREEDOM” was Video of the Week by MTV’s
website mtvU.com. June is also a stage, screen and voiceover actor and company
member of The Robey Theatre Company founded by Danny Glover and Ben Guillory.
She is a cast member of the audio drama BRONZEVILLE, directed by Laurence
Fishburne and produced by Larenz Tate. A native New Yorker and graduate of the
MFA program at the Actors Studio Drama School (2003), June is also co-founder of
SilverLox Films with her husband Jason S. Williams. Their indie films have been
featured in film festivals across the country. June’s Stage Credits include: Seven
Guitars, Balm in Gilead, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Colored Museum. TV Credits
include: Fresh Off The Boat, As The World Turns, Criminal Minds and ABC’s hit
sitcom Black-ish where she played Harriet Tubman in Season 1. As a certified Yoga
instructor and breast cancer survivor, June currently offers free online, modified yoga
sessions on her Facebook page Silverlox Yoga with June.
Kent Dixon and Neil Allen are singers/ songwriters /musicians that have performing in bands together for the last 17 years. Those bands include, Gone Fishing, Audio Revival and Broken Rooster. They have also been a part of two different praise bands. Kent and Neil have a unique vocal blend that could only come from singing together for so many years. They now come together for a Christian music show that will highlight original and popular Christian covers. These two accomplished musicians will perform a variety of styles that will bless all Christian music lovers. Kent and Neil are not strangers to Sacred Grounds. They have played at the coffee house for the better part of 17 years in one configuration or the other. So come out and join them for powerful and worshipful Christian music..
August 21 – Dackel
“Dackel is a singer / songwriter duo. Walter Miller on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals; Phil Hatchett on vocals and guitar. Dackel plays Rockin’ Americana Blues after our major musical influences. “Dackel” (cute name for dachshund on German) was chosen in tribute to one of first songs written by Walter. The band has performed live on WCOM and WHUP radio stations, and at festivals and venues in the Triangle and surrounding areas. Dackel has played a mix of songs written by the band members and a variety of cover songs for the past six years at Sacred Grounds.”
August 28 – 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 joined by his talented children Chiara (violin, guitar, piano, and voice) and Ivan (cello, piano, and voice).
September 4 – Brian and Robert Buxton
Brian and Robert Buxton perform classic country, bluegrass, and gospel music together. This father and son duo perform songs famously done by Hank Williams Sr., Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, and other classic country musicians.
September 11 – Dogwood Blossom Band
The Dogwood Blossom Band is a five-piece mostly acoustic band based in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC. Tom Williams, and Cathy Klein 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) and Tom Williams (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion)
September 18 – Ace and T-Bone
Ace & T-Bone are an acoustic duo consisting of Peter Laiosa (guitar, harp and vocals) and Trey Marchant ( bass and vocals). Much of their work is original in the Americana genre with influences from the Jazz, Folk and Blues traditions. They have been playing at festivals, radio shows and venues throughout the state for close to 10 years. They are seasoned players and songwriters with potent lyrics, lots of energy and are just plain fun to hear.
September 25 – Blake and Savanna 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!!” Blake will be joined by daughter Savanna who will sing with Blake and some songs she composed – a very talented little lady. Please come out and see why they have become so popular at Sacred Grounds.
October 2 – Ernest Collins
Ernest wrote “I have enjoyed a great deal of life creating good relationships with the human world and creating masterpieces. It was inspiring entertaining at the 4-star ‘Pfister Hotel’ in Milwaukee, Wt. for 10 years having the opportunity to play for Tony Bennett, Mitch Miller, Doc Severson, Angela Bassett, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Prince and many others. My expertise is playing piano, or keyboards and singing. It has been my pleasure to entertain at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cancun, Mexico and Ontario, Canada.” This is Ernest’s 12th performance at Sacred Grounds and he has always impressed us – please come and enjoy this fine talent.
October 9 – Mike Poole
Mike is another of our multi-talented regulars that has been here practically since we opened – he has the best repertoire of old country favorites that we’ve had on our stage and he’s also an accomplished Southern Gospel singer. Mike has also added 50s/60s songs (great fun for us older guys) and he often mixes genres – with his rapid-fire banter and funny stories and jokes he always entertains.