December 7 – Mike Poole
Mike is another of our multi-talented regulars – he normally sings his repertoire of old country favorites, 50s/60s songs but this concert is his first Christmas concert at Sacred Grounds. This will be a special show with his wide array of Christmas songs plus I expect the rapid-fire banter and funny stories and jokes he entertains us with will still be present.
December 14 – New Direction
New Direction is one of our favorite Bluegrass Gospel Bands at Sacred Grounds and always give a great performance. Bobby Gales plays guitar and banjo, Charity Dixon Gales plays a bass guitar, Billy Mickel plays guitar and their pastor, Greg Burris, plays the mandolin. This group is comprised of fine musicians and singers – if you’re a bluegrass fan you don’t want to miss this concert. They are a yearly regular at Sacred Grounds in December when they perform their highly acclaimed Christmas Special.
December 21 – 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. This is their first Christmas time concert so they will sprinkle some Christmas tunes in their sets.
December 28 – Closed for Christmas Holiday
January 4 – Kent Dixon and Neil Allen
Kent Dixon and Neil Allen are singers/ songwriters /musicians that have performing in bands together for the last 15 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 15 years in one configuration or the other. As an added bonus, this will be the announcement party for their new CD. So please come out and join them for powerful and worshipful Christian music – and buy their CD.
January 11 – 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 and traditionally plays a Christmas concert before Christmas. Due to scheduling conflicts this concert will be after Christmas but will still have some Christmas songs.
January 18 – 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 11th performance at Sacred Grounds and he has always impressed us – please come and enjoy this fine talent.
January 25 – Up Cane Creek
It started when two couples Sandra Herring and Gary Gaddy, and Jay Miller and Ebeth Scott-Sinclair held an impromptu living room jam that evolved into a weekly commitment to play music together simply because it was fun. An invitation to perform in front of an audience in 2008 pushed them into picking a name and becoming an official band. In 2015, Mike Paris a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter added his talents to the band. Up Cane Creek has performed original and traditional bluegrass, folk and Americana at fundraisers, parties, and festivals in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. Their enjoyment at playing together is infectious, setting toes to tapping and voices to humming. Up Cane Creek is Sandra Herring on banjo, bass, and vocals, Gary Gaddy on harmonica, Jay Miller on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Mike Paris on bass, guitar, and dobro, and Ebeth Scott-Sinclair as lead singer. https://www.upcanecreekband.com/
February 1 – 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. This is their 3rd concert for us – if you’re a bluegrass fan, you
don’t want to miss it.
February 8 – Java Jivers
On April 2015, the Java Jivers were formed as a house band for the Common Grounds Coffee & Music House in Bunn, NC. Three of the musicians in the group were co-owners of the coffee house as well as seasoned musicians; Peggy Harris, Buck Harris and Tiger Faircloth. Peggy & Tiger have been fellow musicians and played together for years; while Peggy & Buck Harris had been musical partners for nearly 30 years. Upon the passing of Buck Harris in August 2016 and the closing of the coffee house, the Java Jivers live on thru Tiger and Peggy with a passion for music and love of people. Tiger’s amazing talent with the stand up bass (Dusty) give the group it’s thunder. Peggy’s wide vocal style and rhythm guitar bring up the front. The Java Jivers are a musical variety show filled with humor, fun and a richness in soulful melody. Performing traditional songs from the 1920’s and spanning across the years to modern day contemporary soft rock, country, folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass and jazz….the Java Jivers are filled with surprises and warmth, choosing songs they love and the audience loves back. Their performances often include many wonderful local popular guest performers who enrich their events. You never know what will happen at a Java Jivers’ concert. Join us for an awesome occasion in music and fun!
February 15 – 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.