Upcoming Concerts


October 13 – 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.This group is comprised of 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) and Tom Williams (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, percussion).

October 20 – 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. This is their 4th visit to sacred Grounds and we always have requests to bring them back – hope you can come and enjoy their music.

October 27 – 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. This is their 2nd trip to Sacred Grounds and we enjoyed their 1st visit so well I was anxious to bring them back.


November 3 – Don Smith & Eric Thomas

 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.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.
That’s right! After an absence of nearly 18 months, Eric Thomas and I will be back in concert together. We’ll be presenting a show consisting of rock&roll, rhythm&blues, country&western, and a few of our original tunes.� (In other words, it’ll be a VERY different show than what you normally see Eric do along with his wife Helen Wolfson or me as a solo act. In fact, 5-6 of the songs we’re working on will be brand new to our act … we’ve NEVER presented them before.

November 10 – Randa McNamara

Randa McNamara loves Sacred Grounds. This is her fourth year with us. Randa has been singing since Girl Scout camp and has been lucky to appear with many heroes: Odetta, Pete Seeger, Dr. John, Michael Callen, The Flirtations, Bonnie Raitt and others. She is a proud union member: 45 years, American Federation of Musicians, Local 349. She will be accompanied by Scott Sawyer on guitar and Beverly Botsford on percussion.
Think you should come? I certainly think so…

November 17 – 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.

November 24 – Closed For Thanksgiving  Next – City Folk

December 1 – 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.

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

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 4 – Closed for New Years Holiday