April Shows

Bret Mosley
Saturday, April 5, 2014
8 pm

Acoustic Stage welcomes Bret Mosley for his first appearance in Hickory.
Mosley presents his original and authentic sound through Dobro and stompboard performing in a style you have likely never witnessed before. His style has been described as the intersection of unlikely opposite ends of the musical spectrum - "as if a one-man mowtown band met O' Brother Where Art Thou?".  With signature idiosyncratic intensity, he blends elements of hill country blues, roots rock, folk and soul into his performances featuring his original music.
Here are some quotes about Bret:
" of the greatest songwriters I've met in a long time." - Jerry Joseph
" if Van Morrison had come from a sharecroppers farm." - Americana UK
"...extraordinary sense of rhythm and a razor-sharp tongue." - PopMatters
"...roots-folk rock at its best... quietly stunning in its seemingly simple beauty..." - Aced magazine

Members: $10.00
Guests:     $12.50


Liz Longley and Caroline Glaser
Thursday, April 10, 2014
8 pm

This evening will feature two new talents that have recently burst onto the acoustic music scene.

Since graduating from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has steadily developed a reputation as an impressive songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.

Recently, Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Scholarship Contest, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. The Washington Post declared that Liz is "destined for a larger audience" and even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

Liz's music has emerged on a national level with numerous television placements and radio airplay. ABC's critically acclaimed series NY Medfeatured Liz's music throughout the first season, and the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives displayed her towering vocals in an epic grand finale song, "This is Not The End".

Caroline Glaser was your typical first year college student, performing open mic nights at her local coffeehouses, when she auditioned for season 4 of NBC's hit TV show "The Voice". The judges were overwhelmed with affection and the world watching was smitten, Adam Levine from Maroon 5 described Caroline's voice as "ethereal, magic and wonderful."

Ultimately, Caroline did not win the highly-rated vocal competition, but she made a real connection with an instant fanbase wanting more. Caroline is embracing the opportunity to further develop as an "indie-folk" artist.

For this evening, Liz will perform her songs solo and Caroline will have a trio.

Members: $  9.00
Guests:     $12.00


Rev. Billy C. Wirtz
Friday, April 11, 2014
8 pm

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz returns to Hickory! The Rev. Wirtz wraps his humorous stories and songs into carefully orchestrated sets that feature his stellar piano playing.  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.

Rev. Billy has played our room often in the past, but this will be his first and long-awaited visit to Acoustic Stage.

Members: $15.00
Guests:     $20.00

May Shows

David Via and Corn Tornado
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8 pm

David Via returns to Acoustic Stage with his talented band!

David Via and Corn Tornado's mix of bluegrass, blues and jazz has been called "Blues-grass, Americana, Roots and Ya'll-ternative".

Via is a three-time winner of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and the 2009 International/American Folk Alliance Songwriters Contest. Via's talent as a songwriter is obvious, but when he gets together with his band, the picking and jamming take over and his songs come to life. His songs performed live by Corn Tornado usually result in a high energy performance featuring all four skilled musicians.

Via backs up his songs onstage with hot-pickin' mandolin and lead vocals. Corn Tornado includes the fast-pickin' Danny Knicely on guitar, great fiddle from "Fiddly Dave" Van Deventer and fine playing by John Flower on the upright bass.

Members: $12.00
Guests:     $16.00

June Shows

Darin and Brooke Aldridge
Saturday, June 7, 2014
8 pm

Darin and Brooke Aldridge will bring their own brand of North Carolina music to Acoustic Stage.

Both highly acclaimed vocalists, Darin and Brooke combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music. Darin spent 6 years as a member of the acclaimed Country Gentleman and is a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist. Brooke has been lauded for having one of the most powerful voices in music of any genre.

The duo has placed at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and Gospel charts. They have received multiple nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPGBMA) and Inspirational Country Music (ICM). The music video “Wildflower” is being featured on CMT and CMT Edge and GAC. Their TV appearances include PBS, Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, Presley’s Country Jubilee, RFD-TV, Rural-TV, Daystar Network, Blue Highways TV, Song of the Mountains and Music City Roots.

Darin and Brooke will be accompanied by their band for this show. Darin last appeared at Acoustic Stage as a member of Acoustic Syndicate in 1998.

Members: $12.00
Guests:     $16.00


Jim Hurst and Roberto Dalla Vecchia
Saturday, June 14, 2014
8 pm

Jim Hurst returns to Acoustic Stage with his friend from Italy, Roberto Dalla Vecchia.

In his early years, Jim honed his musical style through influences of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed. In 1992, Jim began playing guitar with Trisha Yearwood, touring extensively and appearing on numerous TV and radio shows. Mark Schatz says: "Jim is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know."

Wanting to play more bluegrass, Jim joined Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band in 1995 where he joined up with Missy Raines to form their duet. (Jim and Missy appeared at Acoustic Stage in 2002) Their partnership resulted in critical acclaim and IBMA awards for Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

In 2010, Jim left the Claire Lynch Band to pursue a solo career. While he occasionally collaborates with other bluegrass greats like David Grisman and Rob Ickes, Jim's solo performances are what keeps audiences mesmerized!

Roberto Della Vecchia from Vicenza, Italy performs regularly at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. He is the winner of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 2003 Homegrown CD Award.

Della Vecchia learned classical piano as a child, but later embraced the guitar after a meeting with italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta. As a flat-picker, his influences are Clarence White, Tony Rice and Doc Watson. His flair for melody is strongly evident in his compositions. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says: "it's no surprise that his tunes are musical and melodic and his playing nearly flawless."

Members: $13.50
Guests:     $18.00

July Shows

Patrick Sweany
Friday, July 18, 2014
8 pm

Patrick Sweany returns for his second visit to Acoustic Stage with some great electric blues. In January, Sweany jumped off the tour as the opener for the Tedeschi-Trucks tour and put on a fine premiere performance here. Onstage, Sweany said "I didn't know what to expect, but I did not expect this", referring to the warm welcome he received here.

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs around Kent, Ohio and quickly gained a reputation for the intricate blues style he was developing: part Piedmont, part Delta Slide with an equally impressive smooth vocal style. He quickly moved on to the electric world with his own band. His sets include blues, folk, soul, bluegrass and even some 50's rock styles, blended together into his own authentic sound.

Members: $13.50
Guests:     $18.00


Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers
Saturday, July 26, 2014
8 pm

A local favorite back in the 1980's and early nineties, Thackery appeared many times at Ten Years After, the venue where Acoustic Stage is now located.

This will be the second trip back to Hickory since we reopened the room as Acoustic Stage. We are pleased to bring Jimmy and his band back to Hickory. Jimmy has been rocking the blues for the past 27 years since he left the Nighthawks, the Washington, DC group that he cofounded and performed with.

Thackery is backed by the Drivers, a talented and high energy rhythm section that consists of Hickory area native Mark Bumgarner on bass, who is no stranger to the room and George Shepherd on drums.

Members: $17.25
Guests:     $23.00

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