Upcoming Concerts

 

April 20 – 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. In 2018 Java Jivers  added a third member, Tokyo Rosenthal, a popular singer/author in the Triangle.

“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. 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!

April 27 – Constellation

Eric Thomas has been playing guitar since 1965. He began by playing the Rock ’n Roll, Rhythm ’n Blues, and “Beach Music” tunes that were popular in the mid and late ’60’s. Over the years he has played a wide range of material in a number of different bands. He has played in venues ranging from coffeehouses to private parties and from Rock ’n Roll clubs to country clubs. These experiences have enabled him to incorporate the blues, traditional acoustic, and country tunes into his musical inventory. More recently, his collaboration with Helen has launched him into the world of Celtic music, lyrical waltzes, and other music that he never imagined he would play.
Helen Wolfson began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1993. Her initial, fairly traditional hammered dulcimer repertoire has been greatly enriched by her collaboration with Eric. Today, you are as likely to hear her backing up Eric on his original vocals or playing the blues as you are to hear her playing fiddle tunes, waltzes, and popular standards. As a soloist, Helen has played for numerous private parties, weddings, and other events. She is also certified by the Music for Healing and Transition Program as a Music Practitioner and plays therapeutic music at bedside for people in physical or emotional pain.
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May 4 – Charlie McNeill

Charlie was the first to perform at Sacred Grounds and has performed many times over the past 15 years. He has a wide genre of music, from Southern Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, Country, popular and folk songs. He was featured in four different shows at Raleigh Little Theater. Did I mention that Charlie grew up at St. Paul? He’s a home town talent and we’re very proud of him so please come and support his concert.

May 11 – Brian 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.

May 18 – String Beings

String Beings is a trio from Durham, NC who plays originals and standards in Americana, Roots, Country and Bluegrass genres. Comprised of Jim Prichard on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, Glen Stewart on  guitar and vocals plus Jan Pulley on the bass fiddle and vocals, their vocal flair is delivered through a collection of original pieces, heartfelt ballads, gospel inspiration, country classics, with some folk and traditional standards sprinkled in. Their first visit to Sacred Grounds led to many requests to bring them back – we did so please come and enjoy their music.

May 25 – Blake Addison & 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 young lady. Please come out and see why they have  become so popular at Sacred Grounds.

June 1 – 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”.
davidrussellandcedarblue.com

June 8 – 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

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.
upcanecreekband.com

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

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.