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 – Charlie McNeill
Charlie was the first to perform at Sacred Grounds and has performed many times over the past 19 years. He has a wide genre of music, from Southern Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, Country, popular and folk songs. He was featured in four different shows at Raleigh Little Theater. Did I mention that Charlie grew up at St. Paul? He’s a home town talent and we’re very proud of him so please come and support his concert.
February 8 – Java Jivers
Peggy Harris & Tokyo Rosenthal are fellow musicians combining Peggy’s wide vocal style & rhythm guitar & Tokyo on guitar & vocals (also one of our favorite solo artists). The Java Jivers are a musical variety show filled with humor, fun & a richness in soulful melody. You never know what will happen at a Java Jivers’ concert. Performing traditional songs from the 1920’s and spanning across the years to modern day contemporary soft rock, country, folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass, jazz & their own composed music.
The Java Jivers are filled with surprises & warmth,choosing songs they love & the audience loves back.
Ace and T-Bone
Ace and 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.
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
After a long absence, Eric Thomas and Don Smith return to the Sacred Grounds stage tonight. Both Eric and Don are long-time regulars at Sacred Grounds, having performed here dozens of times over the past 15+ years. Eric has performed mostly with his wife Helen Wolfson in their acoustic duo Constellation, but he’s also appeared as a backing guitarist with other performers. Don has been here as a member of the trios ESP and Wildflower, in one-off collaborations with several other artists, and as a solo performer. Together, they’ll be us bringing an eclectic mix of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and some of their original material. It’s always a fun and interesting night when these two combine their talents, so make your plans to come out on Leap Day night for this special event.