April 21 – Block Party feat. Gnarly Blue
Please come to the Neighborhood Block Party and dedication of “Village Playground at St. Paul” from Noon until 3:00 PM. We will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and desserts plus Big Island Shaved Ice. With the exception of the shaved ice, all food and will be free but donations will gladly be accepted. Our entertainment will be music be Gnarly Blue, playing Old Time Fiddle and Americana songs and they are performing for donations. During a break in the concert we will have a short dedication of our new neighborhood playground. Bring your kids, blankets and chairs although we will have lots of seating.
April 28 – 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 percussion. 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.
May 5 – Dogwood Blossom Band
The Dogwood Blossom Band is a five-piece mostly acoustic band based in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC. Tom Williams, Cathy Klein, and Mike Paris have performed together for more than six years in various projects and this current collaboration has been playing as a band in the region since August 2012. New members, George Michaels and Rebecca Ogus, joined the band in the Fall of 2015.
Their music incorporates Americana, folk, a dash of bluegrass, a little country, and some Dogwoodized classic pop/rock tunes, and original songs written by band members. Songs by artists such as Levon Helm, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, John Prine, J.D. Souther, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbel, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Bob Dylan, Zac Brown Band, Paul Simon and others are in their repertoire.
Cathy Klein – vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
George Michaels – vocals, guitar, banjo
Rebecca Ogus – vocals, violin, percussion
Mike Paris – vocals, upright and electric bass, guitar, dobro, percussion
Tom Williams – vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion
May 12 – 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.
May 19 – Tokyo Rosenthal
“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. 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.
May 26 – 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.
June 2 – 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.
June 9 – Robert and Shoko Buxton
Robert and Shoko Buxton are performing their 2nd concert at Sacred Grounds. Both recently completed their doctorate from North Texas Sate, Robert in Piano and Shoko in Collaborative Pian0 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. 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.
June 16 – 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!
June 23 – Kori Robins
Kori Robins on vocals and Shoko Buxton on keyboards will present a night of Broadway tunes. Kori has been our pastor for the past 2 years and has been an integral part of our choir – this is her firat performance at Sacred Grounds. Shoko recently finished her dissertation for her doctorate in collaborative piano and has performed for us twice with her husband, Robert Buxton, as the duo Four Paws. This will be a great night of music with very talented voice and keyboard performers. Please don’t miss this…
June 30 – 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. He has been performing at Sacred Grounds for at least 8 years and has always been a crowd favorite. Come out and join Kent as he returns to his musical roots.