Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” June 28 and July 3, 4 and 5, 2015
Acoustic Stage will simulcast 4 of the Dead's final 5 performances together.
The first two concerts of this historic run will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 27th and 28th, as part of the “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” run. Along with the three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, this run will mark the original members' last-ever performances together! The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano) and perform two sets of music each night.
Acoustic Stage will not simulcast the first night of Santa Clara due to the late west coast start time. We will offer the second Santa Clara concert on Sunday, June 28th.
Tickets will be available at the door each night.
To reserve seats, please click the "join" button on our Facebook Event page and email us here with "Fare Thee Well" in the subject line. Please let us know how many seats you would like and for which concert. Your seats will be held and you can pay at the door.
Our sound engineer, Mark Doran, promises to have a potent sound system for a concert level sound experience.
Sunday, June 28, 2015 ...Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California ...Our Doors open at 8pm...Concert begins at 9 pm
Friday, July 3, 2015...Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead at Soldier Field in Chicago...Our Doors open at 7pm...Concert begins at 8 pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015...Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead at Soldier Field in Chicago...Our Doors open at 7pm...Concert begins at 8 pm
Sunday, July 5, 2015...Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead at Soldier Field in Chicago...Our Doors open at 7pm...Concert begins at 8 pm
TICKETS: (Each Night)
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Acoustic Stage is pleased to present Selwyn Birchwood, the 2015 winner of the 36th Annual Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut!!"
Birchwood is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He plays high-octane blues -- at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute -- with true passion and honest emotion.
With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6' 3" 29-year-old from Florida, with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. With his warm, magnetic personality, his mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. "There's nothing I'd rather be doing than playing the blues," he says. "And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance."
In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. In addition to winning the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, Birchwood also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award.
"Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul and boogie." --Washington Post
Member: $ 8.00
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.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Tony Furtado has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He's been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar and his own creative interpretation- hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, he owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with musicianship that is off the charts.
"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."
Member: $ 15.00
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."
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