Maria Howell: singer and actress. Her music is a combination of sultry, soulful, smooth tunes. She combines R&B with jazzy punctuations and evokes an international flavor in her performances. As an actress she has played on the small stage, sitcoms and Lifetime television.
Noel Freidline: pianist, vocalist, writer and arranger. Noel has opened for many notable jazz artists. As a composer, he wrote music for ESPN, Walt Disney Company, Sports Center, NBA all star game and Monday night football.
The Bergonzi String Quartet
Sunday June 11th, 2 pm
Join the internationally-renowned Bergonzi String Quartet, in collaboration with the Blue Ridge Community Theater, as they explore the astonishing talent and sometimes bawdy humor of one of the worlds’s greatest geniuses. Through his own words and those of his friends and family, as well as his earth-shattering music, Mozart comes alive in this unforgettable evening!
Valerie Hines is a folk, country and blues artist. Her music embodies the earthy roots of her upbringing in Florence, SC, the sincerity of her lyrics and the rustic essence of nature.Bill Nowlin, Founder of Rounder Records, “… If someone asked me to describe what I heard in the songs of Valerie Hines… I’d say that (she) is very much like a female Taj Mahal, obviously, that’s a great compliment.” Taj Mahal wrote, “… Hi Valerie! Not only did I like your material, but I loved it as well! Thanks so much for recording ‘Loving from my baby’s eyes!’ Many folks claim they play my music and learn off of me, but rarely am I ever moved by a version of my song as much as I am moved by your take on it!”
Saturday, August 5th, 7:30 pm
Bayou, Honky Tonk, Soul. A strong dose of blues combined with classic soul and swampy Cajun rhythms, strong and memorable songs, soulful singing, with powerful grooves. Big Gus creates a sound that satisfies the heart and mind.
Saturday, September 9th, 7:30 pm
Fred Johnson is an accomplished writer, vocalist and percussionist and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest vocal jazz improvisers and has been honored as one of the worlds most passionate and versed chanters of sacred text. Fred has extensively toured as a main stage performer and has performed on stage with or as the opening act for such musical greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderly, Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Richard Elliot, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, Patti Austin, George Benson, BB King and Bashia.
He has presented music and inspirational programs in association with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson and has written and directed 19 stage productions in New York, Boston, San Diego and Tampa. He in an honored inductee to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Hall of Fame and has been featured at The Jazz Holiday 13 times. He was, for over 20 years in Tampa Bay, a key contributor in both schools and community centers to presenting programs which served to empower the understanding of arts as a conduit for educational enrichment and enhancement of core curriculum skills training in our educational system. He has toured the world as an ambassador for the importance of arts in education and as a global bridge to peace and greater understanding between the nations of the world. Fred currently has a newly released recording “Can’t Say Enough About You” and is available for concert, orchestral and club performances.
Saturday, November 11th, 7:30 pm
Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA, who play what they like to call “alterna-grass” music that mixes three- and four-part harmonies with elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. Lisa Love of Georgia Music Magazine and the Georgia Music Foundation described the band by saying, “When you have a group of women who are natural story-tellers, who sooth their aggressive musical chops with beautiful harmonies, temper their rock-n-roll sensibilities with an understanding of Appalachian tradition, and come off as a little bit Keith Richards, a little bit Bill Monroe, you get Roxie Watson.” The group formed in 2007 as a just-for-kicks opportunity for long-time friends Beth Wheeler, Lenny Lasater, Linda Bolley, and Becky Shaw to get together and play songs they loved. But what started out as just porch settin’ and cover song playing evolved organically over the years, through the word-of-mouth support of an ever-growing group of loyal fans, into one of the finest original bands in the Southeast, regularly selling out storied songwriting venues from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.