Saturday, August 1, 2015
Malcolm Holcombe, a Weaverville native, has mesmerized audiences around the world with his one of a kind style. 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 will appear solo for this concert.
Tony Furtado Band
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.”
A native of Pleasanton, California, who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Tony Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention in 1987, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. A second victory at Winfield, in 1991, bookended his years with Grant Street.
Beginning in the late 1990s—influenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindleyand Taj Mahal—Tony added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He is a tireless road musician who performs in a dizzying variety offormats: solo, in a duo or trio or with his full five-person band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with such legendary musicians as Gregg Allman and with such esteemed slide guitarists as David Lindley, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth.
Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others. “I love playing live,” he says. “All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It’s a give and take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow.”
“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his blackbelt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”David Lindley, musical adventurer
"I think some of my best recordings have actually been captured by bootleggers recording my band live, because in that moment, I'm just not thinking about it. All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It's a give and take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow." -Tony Furtado
Tony last played Acoustic Stage in 1999!
Red Rockin' Chair
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Four veteran North Carolina musicians with a unique approach to the music they present make up Red Rockin' Chair. This group of multi-instrumentalists blends folk, bluegrass, Americana and country music into their own sound.
Patrick Crouch has been performing acoustic music since 1977 when he founded New River Reign, a staple at Blowing Rock’s P.B. Scott’s Music Hall. Along with his wife, Kay and Ron Shuffler, Patrick is a member of the band he created in 1989 - Strictly Clean and Decent.
Tom Kuhn has been playing music around the Charlotte region since the 1980s. Primarily in demand on electric bass, Tom also plays acoustic upright string bass, as well as mandolin. Tom can sing lead and harmony vocals in a wide range of musical genres and specializes in American "roots" music. After almost 35 years of gigs, Tom is comfortable on stage and making music, and spreading the joy of it wherever the road takes him.
Jack Lawrence is heralded as one of the finest acoustic guitar players in the world. His style is his own and Jack is well known for his role as Doc Watson's partner. The duo travelled the country for over 2 decades together.
Dale Meyer has been playing music for over 40 years. He remembers going to a fair when he was six-years old and being captivated by the bass guitar in a live band. After the fair, he asked his parents to buy him a bass guitar, and by the time he turned seven, he had one.
Dale describes himself as a “street smart” musician who doesn’t have a lot of formal training, but plays what he feels. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, bass, pedal steel guitar and drums. Over the course of his career he has been a session musician and played in numerous bands around Morganton, N.C.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Andrea Zonn and her band will appear at Acoustic Stage for the first time in support of her forthcoming, superstar packed album on the 2015 fall "Rise" Tour.
Andrea Zonn is one of the most respected fiddle players and harmony vocalists in contemporary music. Raised in Urbana, IL, Zonn became both a champion bluegrass fiddler and an accomplished classical violinist. Nashville based since her years as a violin major at Vanderbilt University, she’s performed on stages all over the world with icons including James Taylor, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Darrell Scott and John Cowan. As a recording artist and songwriter, her own albums have been admired widely for their beauty, taste and impeccable musicianship.
While making other musician's music sound great, Zonn has been quietly developing her own music: an indescribable intermingling of bluegrass, country, and contemporary folk influences. Andrea is at home in any number of musical settings. For this skill, Zonn credits her total musical immersion as a child. "My father, Paul Martin Zonn, was chair of the Music Theory and Composition Department of the University of Illinois. He was a versatile fiddle player and also a great clarinetist and jazz pianist. My mother is a world-class oboist and pianist, and my younger brother Brian is a great bass player. Needless to say, our house was always filled with music."
Andrea added classical violin to the household soundscape by age 5, and soon embraced bluegrass and country fiddle styles. "I started fiddling at age 10," she says, "when I was frustrated with the violin repertoire I was technically limited to." She began competing in fiddle contests, meeting and playing alongside the new generation of bluegrass musicians now shaping the music. "Alison Krauss and I met at our first fiddle contest, which was at the Champaign County Fair. She was 8 and I was 10. We became friends and started listening to all the same records, going to the contest and festival circuit, and looking at - I mean- listening to all the young boy fiddlers."
Filtered through Zonn’s natural abilities, the combination of classical training and bluegrass inclinations produced a unique style: elegant and restrained, but able to still let loose with wailing double stops and propulsive rhythms. "Certainly my classical training aided my bluegrass and country fiddle playing from a technical standpoint," she observes. "However, it was of no help when it was time to improvise .But in turn, the improvisational development that I learned from bluegrass helped me to bring a fresh approach to the classical literature. At this point in my playing, I think the two disciplines are knit pretty tightly together."
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Saturday, November 7, 2015
Fingerstyle guitarist Adrian Legg will make his first appearance at Acoustic Stage.
Early in his career, following a stint in an Irish show band based in Dublin, Legg moved back to London and continued to gig in bands that played clubs and pubs and toured around and outside Britain. When one bandleader asked him to play acoustic guitar chords up against a microphone, he became fascinated with the notion of blending the tonality of an acoustic with the amplified power of the electric guitar.
Thus began an electro-acoustic quest that continues today to find the holy guitar grail that melds tone, technique and technology to allow him to create, perform and record the music his imagination envisions, eventually incorporating synthesizers and computerized MIDI programming to augment and enrich his one-man musicality. “I wanted something that had the harmonic content roughly like an acoustic, and that had the flexibility in terms of stringing and volume levels, whatever you wanted to do, of an electric,” he explains.
Starting to gig as a solo artist in the mid 1970s, Legg won a Guitar magazine solo acoustic competition in both the composition and performance categories. In the 1990's Legg found even greater success in the U.S. as a regularly touring solo act, headlining and sharing bills with fellow guitarists Richard Thompson, David Lindley and others.
Throughout his career, he has earned the highest praise from the media. "Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility,” observes the St. Petersburg Times. “Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” Guitar Player heralds how he “combines a sublime melodic sense with a mighty right-hand groove, creating pretty music with rhythmically aggressive undercurrents,” while Acoustic Guitar notes that “the guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, and nobody demonstrates this better than Adrian Legg.”
For Legg, the essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives."
Coming soon: From Calcutta, India Sandip Burman on Sitar and Tabla