Dec 16 – 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 and 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 and 2017 they 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. In 2017 Dackel is back in the studio to record their second CD.” They have become a Christmas regular at Sacred Grounds and we always appreciate the support they give us year round.
Dec 23 – Closed for Christmas Holiday
Dec 30 – Closed for the New Year Holiday
Jan 6 – The Commanderrs
Isaac and Sally Derr are siblings and have grown up predominately in Durham – Sally graduated from Earlham College in 2013 and Isaac is attending Loyola University in New Orleans. They love anything from rock to folk to blues to country to pop. Two kids, twelve strings, one heck of a concert. Together they have been performing and writing music since the summer of 2013. They recorded their first album, a collection of songs written by Sally, Set Sail, which was released Sept. 2014. Their Second album, a collection of Isaac’s songs, was released in November of 2014. They have played shows from “The Barnacle” on a pier over the Atlantic Ocean to the foothills of Virginia near Smith Mt. Lake. I still consider them a Sacred Grounds ‘regular’ although their performances are limited until Isaac graduates from Loyola and we look forward to having them more often.
Jan 13 – 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!
Jan 20 – 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.
Jan 27 – Blake Addison
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.
Feb 3 – 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 th performance at Sacred Grounds and he has always impressed us – please come and enjoy this fine talent.
Feb 10 – Kent Dixon
Singer/songwriter Kent Dixon combines easy listening originals and Contemporary Christian songs with a country feel. Kent started out 13 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. Kent has often sung for us in church and is a favorite of our congregation so please come out and support this very talented performer.
Feb 17 – 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!
Feb 24 – 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.