The Yadkin Arts Council announces their return to live theater with a half season of shows featuring musicals, plays, and concerts beginning in June of 2021. Some of the acts will sound familiar as many of them have been rescheduled from the lost 2020 season, but there will still be plenty of new offerings as well. The Yadkin Arts Council looks forward to collaborating with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Theatre Alliance this summer and fall. A full list of plays, concerts and events can be found on the The Yadkin Arts Council website.
Upcoming Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands:
- January 8- The Malpass Brothers + The Foreign Landers, 7:30 pm, $30.00. Christopher and Taylor Malpass promote the work and music of classic country artists while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. The Foreign Landers is a duo hailing from opposite sides of the Atlantic united by their love of bluegrass and traditional folk music and their love for each other.
- January 15 – Kruger Brothers, 7:30 pm, $35.00. Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jen and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. They were performing regularly by the time they were eleven and twelve years old, and began their professional career in 1979. Several years later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music (studying with jazz great Milt Hilton), thus forming a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Together, they established the incomparable sound that The Kruger Brothers are known for today.
- January 22 – Harris Brothers + The Burnett Sisters Band with Colin Ray, 7:30 pm, $25.00. Reggie and Ryan Harris are a real brother duo born and raised in Western NC. They started playing string instruments and singing as small children and are part of a musical family that still gets together to play. They have been playing as a duo for more than 20 years, showcasing their unique style. Their repertoire consists of a number of genres including roots music, rock & roll, jazz, blues, mountain music, vintage country, and bluegrass. The Burnett Sisters’ sound is focused around breathtaking vocal harmonies, complemented by tight instrumental arrangements and a bona fide love of the traditional songs they play.
- May 17 – An Evening with Sierra Hull & Justin Moses, 7:30 pm. Tennessee-bred virtuoso mandolinist Sierra Hull made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, played Carnegie Hall at age 12, and then landed a deal with Rounder Records just a year later. Sierra now marks a bold new era in her artistic evolution with the release of her fourth album 25 Trips, a nod to a particularly momentous year of her life, including her marriage to fellow bluegrass musician Justin Moses and the release of her widely acclaimed Grammy nominated album Weighted Mind. Sierra reveals her profound warmth as a storyteller, shedding light on the beauty and chaos and sometimes sorrow of growing up and getting older.
- May 20 – Chatham Rabbits, 7:30 pm, $25.00. North Carolina is a place so identifiable by its separate regions – the mountains, the Piedmont, the coast – that it has the tendency to feel indescribable, meaning one can conceptualize the state as a mashup of places rather than a single locale. The art and artists born from the state often embody that same sense of blended regions, borrowing from broad cultural traditions and plumbing the histories of others’ stories on the way to telling their own. Chatham Rabbits exemplify North Carolina’s tradition of producing artists who embrace the state’s many cultural resources and diverse musical traditions. In their marriage and in their music, Chatham Rabbits’ Austin and Sarah McCombie also blend their own histories into a shared musical experience.
- October 1 – Jeff Little Trio, 7:30 pm, $20.00. Jeff Little is an award-winning musician from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. Jeff has not only been recognized as a critically acclaimed musician but also a true music innovator. Little and his trio stay busy traveling the country, performing with an energy and dedication to their music that is evident at every show. Performances include The Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, and many performing arts centers, music venues, & festivals across the country.
- November 12 – Bill & The belles, 7:30 pm, $25.00. Bill and the Belles is a Johnson City, TN-based band known for combining a stringband format with their signature harmonies, candid songwriting, and pop sensibilities. Their delightfully deadpan new album, Happy Again, is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. The group has a knack for saying sad things with a bit of an ironic smirk, and anyone who’s been to one of their shows can attest that you leave feeling lighter and refreshed. This is a band that revels in the in-between: deeply engaged with the stringband tradition and eager to stretch those influences to a contemporary setting.