July 29 – Tim Fast
A Folk/Americana singer/songwriter, Tim has performed on live radio shows, been featured on cable TV and has been nominated for and received many awards for his skillful songwriting. In 2003 he released his self titled debut CD and in 2007 his 2nd CD, Starlite Drive-in and he recently released his 3rd CD. James Keelaghan said of Tim “Excellent songwriter, exquisite guitar player and the sweetest voice I’ve heard in a long time”. Tim is a regular at Sacred Grounds although he lives in Minnesota – he has performed for us nearly every winter (or occasionally summer) for the past 12 years.
Aug 5 – Brien Barbour
Brien brings his huge range of music and humor – he’s trained formally as a vocalist and guitarist and cultivated an appealing performance style that blends easy listening, light rock and folk music, with a little bit of country and bluegrass tossed in just for fun. Brien is always a crowd favorite and has been a regular performer at Sacred Grounds since 2004 – come and be prepared to laugh at his whimsical jokes and enjoy his great music.
Aug 12 – Kent Dixon
Singer/songwriter Kent Dixon combines easy listening originals and Contemporary Christian songs with a country feel. Kent started out 12 years ago as a solo act and recorded a CD “A Good Foundation”. He then formed the band Kent Dixon and Higher Ground and recorded 2 more CDs. After moving to Durham he co-founded Gone Fishing which recorded the “Raging Sea” CD followed by Broken Rooster which was a great 70s/80s Rock band. Now Kent comes full circle as he performs as a solo act. He combines acoustic guitar and piano with clear, worshipful vocals. Come out and join Kent as he returns to his musical roots.
Aug 19 – 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 6th performance at Sacred Grounds and he has always impressed us – please come and enjoy this fine talent.
Aug 26 – 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 are sometimes 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 15 years of playing and singing together – and it shows.
Sept 2 – Closed for Labor Day
Sept 9 – 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.
Sept 16 – 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.
Sept 23 – 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!
Sept 30 – 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. You will also want to catch them in December when they perform their highly acclaimed Christmas Special.
Oct 7 – Mike Poole
Mike is another of our multi-talented regulars – 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.