Friday, March 13, 2015
Acoustic Stage sponsored and booked the Pavilion Stage at Hickory's 2014 Oktoberfest. Dub Kartel was the closing band for Friday night and their impressive performance had a big impact on all who were there. Now, this nine-piece, horn-fronted reggae band from Asheville is coming to Acoustic Stage!
It more or less took an act of Jah to bring the Dub Kartel together. On January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti. After the Haiti earthquake a group of all-star Asheville reggae and ska musicians decided to do a fund raiser benefit for Haitian relief. Bringing together Agent Ishi (Strut), Coleslaw (Gnomebirds), Mike W. (Shining Rock, Natural Healing), Jeremy S.(Natural Healing), Tablesaw (Shining Rock, Cosmic Wind ) Horn players Courtney Hall, Sean Singer and JP Furnas(Common Foundation/ Empire Strikes Brass), from this initial benefit show the seeds for Dub Kartel were sown.
Dub Kartel pays tribute to the golden era of Jamacian music. Drawing on the tradtion of Studio One, Treasure Isle and Dub luminaries like King Tubby and Scientist, DK brings a classic roots tradition into the modern era.
Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice and Mark Schatz
Friday, March 20, 2015
This concert will feature a rare grouping of 3 musicians who are no strangers to Acoustic Stage, though they have never appeared here together.
This group came together last fall when Knicely recorded an album with Rice and Schatz as guests and they played a few live shows together at that time. They are reuniting for a short tour and their first stop is at Acoustic Stage!
Danny Knicely comes from a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations. He first learned music from his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been playing dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the 1930's. Danny has the chameleon-like ability to blend into almost any musical situation and has appeared with many top Bluegrass, Old-time, Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Latin, Country, Irish, Americana, and World Music artists. Acoustic Stage members know Danny as the blazing-fast guitar player in David Via and Corn Tornado. Danny is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist.
Fans of acoustic guitar music and Acoustic Stage should be well acquainted with the name of Wyatt Rice. Wyatt and his brother Larry performed at the very first Acoustic Stage show on December 12, 1992! Wyatt has also appeared at Acoustic Stage as a member of the Tony Rice Unit many times. He began his career as an original member of the Unit where he played primarily rhythm guitar, although he had many opportunities for soloing as well. Wyatt has been featured on numerous recordings, videos, and has played countless gigs with the the Tony Rice Unit. He played lead and rhythm guitar with his own band “Wyatt Rice &Santa Cruz” and with The Ronnie Bowman Committee.
Today, Wyatt works with a varied palette that includes teaching, recording, and producing.
Mark Schatz is well known as a prominent bass player in bluegrass and americana music and was also an original member of the Tony Rice Unit. Mark has worked with Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris and John Hartford and he has been in many other bands over the years including Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys, and is currently a member of the Claire Lynch Band and Nickel Creek. He has twice been named IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Bass Player of the Year and has served as the musical director of the percussive dance ensemble Footworks. Mark has performed at Acoustic Stage in the past with his own band where his old-time banjo skills were featured.
Friday, April 17, 2015
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
David Lindley with Special Guest Marshall Ballew
Saturday, April 18, 2015
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!
Coming soon: From Calcutta, India Sandip Burman on Sitar and Tabla