December 8 – New Direction Christmas Show
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 great Christmas Concert.
December 15 – Dackel Christmas Show
“Dackel” is a duo consisting of singers / songwriters Walter Miller and Phil Hatchett. Phil comes from Norfolk, England and Walter was born in upstate New York. Dackel started performing in Raleigh in 2009. Dackel plays Rockin’ Americana Blues after our major musical influences. “Dackel” (German cute name for dachshund) was chosen in tribute to our song “Year of the Dog” In 2016 we played various festivals, including the Carrboro Music Festival, and Durham’s Festival for the Eno and performed live on the “Pass The Hat” radio show on WHUP Hillsborough. Dackel has been a regular at Sacred Grounds for 4 years and are a fixture for one of our Christmas Concerts. Please join us for this fun night of music
December 22 – Robert and Shoko Buxton
Robert and Shoko Buxton are performing their 3rd concert at Sacred Grounds. Both recently completed their doctorate from North Texas Sate, Robert in Piano and Shoko in Collaborative Piano and they play 4 hand piano with unbelievable skill (at least to me). They play primarily classical songs but can also play gospel or popular tunes and this show will feature Christmas music. Besides the great music, it’s worth watching this couple just for their skills. Check out their version of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDoZswYQCjA/ Please come and enjoy this night of great piano music.
December 29 – Closed for Christmas Holidays
January 5 – Closed for New Years Holiday
January 12 – Java Jivers
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!
January 19 – Blake Addison and Savanna
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.
January 26 – 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.
February 2 – 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
February 9 – 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. So come out and join them for powerful and worshipful Christian music.
February 16 – 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. Please come – you’ll see why Mike has been a regular for so many years.
February 23 – 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 10th performance at Sacred Grounds and he has always impressed us – please come and enjoy this fine talent.