2019 NC Music Celebration

“Come Hear North Carolina” at The Arts Place this 2019 as we celebrate the “Year of Music”.

Come Hear NC is a promotional campaign of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council designed to celebrate North Carolinians’ groundbreaking contributions to many of America’s most important musical genres — blues, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, funk, rock and everything in-between.

The Stokes County Arts Council rounds out the local celebration with a series of five concerts happening through November.

August 25, 2019 – Laurelyn Dossett

Laurelyn Dossett co-founded the roots country outfit Polecat Creek, and she’s recently been on the road as part of Rhiannon Giddens’ touring band. Laurelyn has collaborated with the late great Levon Helm, banjo virtuoso Joe Newberry, and the venerable North Carolina Symphony. She performs regularly at Merlefest, and has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion. The Los Angeles Times, elliptically evoking the landscape of the Piedmont, called Laurelyn’s music “a breath of fresh, pine-scented air.”

Laurelyn performs with her full band on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at The Arts Place of Stokes. Doors open at 4pm, music begins at 5pm.

Tickets are $12 for SCAC members, $15 general admission, $5 for 18 and under.

September 21, 2019 – Casey Kristofferson Band

Casey Kristofferson is no stranger to the stage, she has been sharing it with her parents and extended family for years. Her first tour was at 7 weeks old with parents Kris and Rita, and since then the road has simply become a part of her.

Tickets are $20 for SCAC members, $25 general admission, $5 for 18 and under.

While Casey has performed in a variety of bands over the years, Casey Kristofferson Band is the first project placing her voice and songwriting in the spotlight. Casey put together an all star group with members from NC, TN and GA including Zack Page on bass, Herschel VanDyke on drums, Muddy Welles on lead guitar, and Jim Aaron on harmonica. With the thought of highlighting the songwriter, Casey brought in Andy Buckner as a featured writer, vocalist and guitarist.

Doors open on Sept. 21st at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:30 pm.

October 12, 2019 – Pat Flynn & Goodfellers

As principal songwriter, guitar ace and frequent lead singer of New Grass Revival, he and bandmates John Cowan, Sam Bush and Bela Fleck expanded the possibilities of bluegrass music and brought an expansive acoustic sound into the 1980s mainstream. He also wrote Do What You Gotta Do, a song first recorded by New Grass Revival that reached the Top 20 of the country charts when Garth Brooks recorded it.

Over the past decade, Flynn has released three solo albums, reQuest, reVision and the new reNew.

Pat will be performing with award-winning bluegrass band, Goodfellers on October 5th. Doors open at 6pm, music begins at 7pm.

Tickets are $20 for SCAC members, $25 general admission, $5 for 18 and under.

November 16, 2019 – Charly Lowry – THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Charly Lowry is a singer-songwriter from North Carolina with Native American roots from the dark swamps of Robeson County. As a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Charly was a lead singer for Mr. Coffee and the Creamers, a Motown/Soul cover band that performed throughout the Triangle region of NC. Charlys experience as a lead singer for Mr. Coffee and the Creamers served as a catalyst for her to begin the journey of living as a musician.

For over a decade, Charly has attained regional and national success as both a solo artist and lead singer of spiritual rock and soul band, Dark Water Rising. In addition to performing with Dark Water Rising and The Ulali Project (a reincarnation of the world-famous First Nations female acapello group, Ulali) she often shares the stage with the British funk/soul band, The New Mastersounds. In 2004, Charly had the opportunity to compete on the wildly popular television show, American Idol. She ventured through several rounds of auditions to land a Semi-Finalist spot (Top 32).

Doors open on November 16th at 6:00pm, show begins at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $17 for SCAC members, $20 general admission, $5 for 18 and under.


 January 12, 2019 –  The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers are famed for their music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on their probably coming down into the house at intermission and asking what you’d like to hear. Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, some big, high man hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two.

February 9, 2019 – Caleb Caudle

Caleb Caudle is a local singer songwriter who was raised on rock n roll and Southern hospitality. Influenced by bands like The Clash and Velvet Underground, Caudle was playing North Carolinas punk rock circuit by the age of 15. Naturally, his music matured with his age and he became more lyrically driven, adopting a love for collecting vinyl. In 2012, he decided to quit his day job and focus solely on music — six years and four albums later, Caudle is gaining the traction he deserves. He was recently dubbed the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite, by Rolling Stone editors for their list of 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know..

March 17, 2019 – John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Progressive bluegrass bass player and vocalist John Cowan will be performing with the talented husband and wife traditional bluegrass duo of Brooke & Darin Aldridge and their band. Known as the “Voice of Newgrass,” Cowan is a true innovator as he applies his powerful pipes to genres from country, bluegrass, and gospel to soul, jazz, and rock-and-roll, all within a single concert. The Aldridges combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music.

April 26, 2019 – Leigh Nash

Leigh Nash is perhaps best known as the pixie-like singer with the heavenly voice from Sixpence None the Richer, a group that enjoyed considerable fame in 1999 with the single “Kiss Me.” These days  she has returned to her roots a little, which consist of Christian and country music, though she remains in touch with her pop influences. Nash’s original musical inspiration came from classic country heroines Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Tanya Tucker — whose songs she used to learn on guitar long before the Sixpence days. With motherhood as an inspiration, she recorded Blue on Blue and moved back to Nashville to join Movement Nashville, a collective of musicians geared toward expelling the myth that Nashville’s music scene consists only of country and Christian music.

May 19, 2019 – Suzy Bogguss

One of the most acclaimed female country singers of the late ’80s and ’90s, Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of her 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum. Suzy has released albums ranging from modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel; to original jazz music to  collection  classics originally performed by Merle Haggard in her most recent album, Lucky.


July 26, 2019 – John Berry (Full Band Performance)

During the 1990’s, John Berry placed 20 singles on the Country Music Charts, six which landed in the Top 5, scoring one #1 with “Your Love Amazes Me.” He has earned multiple Gold and Platinum records over the years. John was nominated for the ACM Top New Male Vocalist in 1994, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1, was nominated for another Grammy in 1995 for his smash hit Your Love Amazes Me and was nominated for the CMA Horizon Award and Top Male Vocalist Award in 1995.