An Evening With John Cowan
Saturday, January 24, 2015
John Cowan returns to Acoustic Stage for the first time since early 2004!
An Acoustic Stage regular for many years, the Voice of Newgrass has been singing his heart out for thirty-five years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. A true innovator, John applies his powerful pipes to genres from country, bluegrass, and gospel to soul, jazz, and rock-and-roll – often within the space of a single concert. His ability to move fluidly through multiple styles has set him apart as one of the most loved and admired vocal artists of his generation, not just by fans and critics but among fellow musicians as well.
With his distinctive, rock-tinged tenor vocal and heart-thumping electric bass, John, along with fellow New Grass Revival band mates Sam Bush, Courtney Johnson, and Curtis Burch, and later Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn, introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental and ultimately, eponymous brand of bluegrass.
John is a member of the Doobie Brothers, making appearances of his own band more rare than ever!
John's band will include Jeff Autry on guitar and vocals, Rory Hoffman on keyboard, guitar and banjo and Ed Toth on drums.
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz and Acoustic Stage Presents A Benefit Jam For Mark "Bump" Bumgarner
Saturday, January 31, 2015
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
Coming soon: From Calcutta, India Sandip Burman on Sitar and Tabla