June 15 – 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.
June 22 – 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) just south of Fayetteville. Caroline is a gifted songwriter, singer and bassist, and Jon will juggle guitars, banjo, and mandolins – in addition to doing his best to keep up with Caroline’s singing! This duet is seasoned by more than 17 years of playing and singing together – and it shows.
June 29 – Danny Smith
Danny has been a favorite at Sacred Grounds since his first appearance with Trilogy – he has had music ministry experience in the local church areas of choir, soloist, and praise and worship leader. He was in a solo ministry before forming Trilogy, a contemporary Christian vocal trio, and is now returning to solo ministry. His talent as a songwriter won him a finalist position in the nation Kentucky Fried Chicken Songwriting Contest in 1983. God began giving Danny lyrics for Christian songs in 1999. Five of those songs are on the Trilogy CD “Hungry World” and another all original music project, “I Surrender”, was released in September 2005. Danny desires his gifts to be used to bless the body of Christ and reach the lost. Danny’s first set is primarily oldies such as My Girl, Only You, Lady and a bunch of other favorites. The 2nd set is primarily Contemporary Christian, both from his previous CDs and other cover songs. His oldies sound as good if not better that the original artists so come out for this great concert.
July 6 – Closed for the 4th
July 13 – 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.
July 20 – 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.
July 27 – 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.
August 3 – 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 year for the past 13 years.
August 10 – Dackel
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”. They have 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 have been regulars at Sacred Grounds for the past 4 years.
August 17 – 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.
August 24 – Gnarly Blue
Gnarly Blue is a quartet from Durham, NC who plays primarily old time fiddle and Americana songs. It is composed of Carl Badger is on fiddle, banjo, vocals, Jim Prichard on Mando, guitar,
pennywhistle and vocals, Mike Paris (vocals, upright and electric bass, guitar, dobro, percussion) and Jan Pulley on bass and vocals and banjo for one song! You will remember Jim and Jan from the
String Beings who were very successful in their first concert at Sacred Grounds earlier this year. This is their 3rd concert at Sacred Grounds and should be a toe tapping evening!
August 31 – 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 Tokyo Rosenthal on guitar/vocals (also one of our favorite solo artists) and Gerald Bozarth on banjo (he’s also a member of our popular Shadowhawk Band). You never know what will happen at a Java Jivers’ concert. Join us for an awesome occasion in music and fun!