April Shows

David Lindley with Special Guest Marshall Ballew
Friday, April 8, 2016
8 pm

Acoustic Stage is proud to bring David Lindley and Marshall Ballew back to Hickory! This concert is a repeat Acoustic Stage performance from last year, combining these two musicians together.

Lindley, a multi-instrumentalist performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, he has long championed the concept of world music. Lindley's electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad "Mr. Dave's" uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.

David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga canyon banjo and fiddle contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson's most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on 'Bop Till you Drop' and 'The Long Riders' sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.

In 1981, Lindley created his own remarkable Band El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood's most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others.

At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.

Joining David for this show will be Marshall Ballew. Marshall, a native North Carolinian has performed at Acoustic Stage three times now, once with the WNCW All Stars (Marshall was a beloved WNCW host with a broad knowledge of of music), in 2000 with David Gans and again last year with Lindley. Marshall is also a talented multi-instrumentalist with various musical influences shaping his performances. Lindley and Ballew have only performed together a handful of times in the past!

Member: $18.00
Guests:   $22.50


May Shows

Tim O'Brien
Friday, May 13, 2016
8 pm

Tim O'Brien returns to Acoustic Stage on Friday, May 13th!

On the surface, Tim O’Brien’s career seems maddeningly eclectic. But over the years, he's become a subtle master at mixing the primary musical colors into his distinct sound. You hear the numerous influences in every note, yet each and every note is uniquely his own.

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, Tim grew up singing in church and in school, and started playing folk and rock music at age 12. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a life-long devotee of old time and bluegrass music. He started making his living as a musician at age 19 in Chicago and in Jackson, Wyoming eventually relocating to Boulder, Colorado in 1974. In the early Colorado years, he started playing the mandolin and studied guitar and music theory with local jazz great Dale Bruning.

In 1978, Tim co-founded the group Hot Rize with Nick Foster. Solo recordings began with 1982's Hard Year Blues. Tim's songs have been covered by Kathy Mattea, New Grass Revival, Nickel Creek, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks and many others. Hot Rize went dormant in the spring of 1990, after which O'Brien released 14 solo recordings and collaborations with Dirk Powell (Songs From The Mountain) and Darrell Scott (Real Time). Tim toured and recorded with Steve Earle in the early 2000's and with Mark Knopfler in 2009 and 2010. He has recorded and performed with The Chieftans, Joan Baez and Bill Frissell. He contributed to the movie soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou as well as Cold Mountain.

More recently, between collaborations with Darrell Scott, the recent Grammy winning recording with Jerry Douglas’s Earls of Leicester and the rebooting of Hot Rize; he's barely had time for a shower. Still, somewhere in his vivid imagination, the seeds of his new album Pompadour began to sprout. The fruits of his recent wanderings, music making and worldly observations have blossomed into eleven varied, true-to-life and above all, musical tracks.

Tim has appeared at Acoustic Stage 7 times, dating back to 1996. Tim has also appeared at our current location when it was Ten Years After with his band Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys.

Member: $22.00
Guests:   $26.00


Darrell Scott - 2 Nights
Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27, 2016
8 pm

Darrell Scott returns to Acoustic Stage for 2 nights in May!

This will be Darrell's 21st appearance at Acoustic Stage dating back to 1997, and his second in our new location. It will be a rare chance to experience the power and passion of Darrell Scott and his music up close and personal in an intimate space. Darrell has been on the road for many years now, touring on his own, with Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, and more recently with Tim O'Brien. Most recently, Darrell took the year of 2015 off from touring.

Darrell is a brilliant Best Songwriter awarded, Grammy nominated, can play any instrument with authority kind of musician's musician. His music is best experienced just as he plays it - raw with power and emotion. He's never brought a set list with him to Acoustic Stage, so each performance is spontaneous and unique in its own way.

“...that soulful voice and the gift of playing any instrument in the room – exceedingly well – and you’ve got the makings of museum quality work every time the man takes the notion.” Rodney Crowell

“...matching Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen at their best.” Rolling Stone.

“...powerful writing, passionate vocals, and masterful picking.” Entertainment Weekly

“...the best of the best.” Performing Songwriter

“His playing is unreal. He’s just limitless in his approach and knowledge of instruments.” Sam Bush

Tickets are available online only at

Seating will be determined by the order in which tickets are purchased, with preferred seating for Acoustic Stage Members.

Member: $25.00
Guests:   $30.00


August Shows

Malcolm Holcombe
Saturday, August 27, 2016
8 pm

Malcolm Holcombe returns to Acoustic Stage for his now annual August performance!

Holcombe, a Weaverville native, has mesmerized audiences around the world with his one of a kind style. Highly regarded and recognized by his contemporaries, including Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle, he delivers the songs that he has crafted from his own life's struggles with a gravely voice, lightning fast finger-picking and guitar slapping. An extremely physical performer, he may stomp, growl and twist his body to coax his songs out.

Since 2004 he has been a prolific writer; those who are familiar with his back story now see a man who has been redeemed by faith and love and is willing to share the story of his recovery through his songs on stage. Malcolm must be experienced live! With every performance, he delivers his songs with a unique and unpredictable brilliance!

Malcolm recently released his most recent album Another Black Hole proving that his song writing is as powerful as ever. Another Black Hole features Holcombe's rasping vocals and bright percussive guitar accentuating his insightful lyrics. "It is Malcolm's perception of the world that make his songs hit you like a gunpowder blast. His gruff and tough delivery is a primordial power full of grit, spit and anthropomorphic expression", says Producer Ray Kennedy.

Malcolm will appear solo for this concert.

Member: $10.00
Guests:   $12.50