January Shows

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz and Acoustic Stage Presents A Benefit Jam For Mark "Bump" Bumgarner
Saturday, January 31, 2015
8 pm

We have combined Rev. Wirtz's concert and the Benefit Jam for Mark Bumgarner into one great night!

Rev. Billy will entertain us with his set, and will then host the Benefit Jam all for one ticket price.

The Rev. Wirtz wraps his humorous stories and songs into carefully orchestrated sets that feature his stellar piano playing. If you attended Rev. Wirtz's last Acoustic Stage performance, you may still be laughing at his stories and songs. By no means a straight-ahead blues player, much of his material is based in blues and classic R&B. His sharp social commentaries, sprinkled with humorous observations about life always make for a unique and entertaining, not to-be-missed show!

Following Rev. Wirtz's set, there will be a Benefit Jam for local musician Mark "Bump" Bumgarner. Mark has been the bass player for Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers, but has been unable to tour this year due to sudden Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It has left him with medical needs and no income to pay for his needs. Many days, Mark is bedridden from the pain.

Set to appear at the Jam hosted by Rev. Billy will be Shelia Carlisle and many other favorites!

Join Rev. Billy C. Wirtz and friends on January 31st, so we can help Mark get back to performing and making great music!

Tickets will be available online on Friday, November 21st and may be purchased at Larry's Music and Sound in downtown Hickory beginning Monday, November 24th.

$15 Donation for Acoustic Stage Members and Guests


April Shows

Ari Hest
Saturday, April 17, 2015
8 pm

With his smoky, soothing voice and introspective lyrics, singer-songwriter Ari Hest creates beautiful melodic folk. He can sound vulnerable, formidable, angry and hopeful, all with an honesty and passion you don’t hear from most singers these days. At the forefront is Ari's rugged yet subdued voice which one-time Hest producer Alex Wong described as, "a bear eating honey."

Hest's introspection and intelligence are on display in his live shows, creating moments of magic within his poetic, spare lyrics and backing them up with his ear for haunting melodies. A native of Bronx, NY , Ari has released eight albums. His music has been featured on numerous television shows including Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Recently, Ari's song "The Landlord" appeared in an episode of NPR's "All Things Considered". He's also scored a film called 'Dreamriders,' which won several independent film awards.

This will be Hest's first visit to Acoustic Stage!

"A prolific songwriter and a captivating live performer." — Boston Globe

Member: $9.00
Guests:   $12.50


David Lindley with Special Guest Marshall Ballew
Saturday, April 18, 2015
8 pm

Acoustic Stage is proud to bring David Lindley to Hickory!

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 two times, once with the WNCW All Stars (Marshall was a beloved WNCW host with a broad knowledge of of music) and again in 2000 with David Gans. 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 before!

Member: $18.00
Guests:   $23.50


Coming soon: From Calcutta, India Sandip Burman on Sitar and Tabla