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.
Oct 14 – 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.
Oct 21 – 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.
Oct 28 – Don Smith
Don Smith was born in Burlington, NC in 1950 and has spent all of his 66+ years in the South … 64 of them in the Tar Heel State. Don started performing publicly in early 2001 with the trio of Emerson, Smith & Phelps right here at Sacred Grounds. In late 2004, he also began playing solo at coffee houses across the Triangle and has appeared at a number of venues in Raleigh, Durham, Apex and Clayton. He draws his material from old public domain tunes, from traditional American artists such as The Carter Family and Woody Guthrie, and from more recent folk singer-songwriters such as Tom Paxton and Norman Blake. An evening with Don is a sort of trip through America’s rich folk/traditional music history. He sings of train wrecks and ships lost at sea … of hobos, outlaws and orphans … of lost love … of what it is to see the coal mine shut down or the entire year’s crop lost to drought. But before you grab the “crying towel”, you should know that he also sings of what it’s like to suddenly realize that you’ve become your own grandfather … or that tonight’s main course for dinner has just appeared in your headlights … or that your name is William Morgan, but your wife spends money as if it was J P Morgan instead! Some of his songs will make you laugh; others might make you cry. But nearly all of them have a story to tell, and Don has a story to tell about most of them as well. By the time you leave his show, you’ll have been not only entertained, but also educated and enlightened about some parts of American history that you might not have known when you arrived.