October 12 – 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!!”
October 19 – Tokyo Rosenthal plus Ace and T-Bone
“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. and will just have returned from another round of singing dates in Scotland just prior to this concert. 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.
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.
October 26 – Brien 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. This is their 2nd concert together here and the first was a rousing success. Brian is an accomplished country singer and Robert is a master pianist, whether playing Classical, Jazz, Gospel or Country music.
November 2 – 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.
November 9 – David Russell
Singer, songwriter, award-winning master performer- David Russell has weathered the changing winds of acoustic string music with his distinctive originals and those of his songwriter friends.
Born to a musical family, David began classical guitar at 8, later honing his skills in blues, jazz, folk-rock and country music. A turning point came in what he describes as “a not entirely misspent youth” at the Old Time Picking Parlor in Nashville, when he heard Norman Blake with the Tut-dubbed “Dobrolic Plectral Society” (the future Aereoplain Band) with Tut Taylor, John Hartford & Vassar Clements… and a short while later, Bill Monroe with Norman. David’s writing, playing and musical compass have been influenced by and is shaping a new/old music sorely needed in an increasingly rootless world. Timeless traditionals, classics mixed with contemporary writers take an audience on a musical tour with an energy and sensitivity that captivates. David says by connecting his playing and singing to live audiences: “ I want to leave people entertained, inspired and uplifted, with memories that stay in daily life– for me, it’s a matter of deep belief in and dedication to the workmanship of my craft”.
November 16 – 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.
November 23 – Randa McNamara
This will be Randa’s 4th performance at Sacred Grounds and she gives a great concert. Randa McNamara has shared the concert stage with artists including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Odetta, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Rosie O’Donnell and Larry David. A recipient of Back Stage Bistro Award and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Award (MAC) for Best Female Blues/Jazz Vocalist, she has appeared at New York clubs including Reno Sweeney, Don’t Tell Mama, The Bitter End and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She has been a regular at The Improv in Los Angeles and New York and has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and The Town Hall. Television credits include “A Time for Music” (PBS) and “An Evening at the Improv.” In North Carolina, Randa is recipient of the Durham Arts Council Emerging Artists Award and has toured the state with pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon. Her most recent recording is “Living in my Heart.” She studied with Phil Gushee of The Neighborhood Playhouse. Think you should come? I certainly think so…
November 30 – Closed for Thanksgiving
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.