Raising the Roof 6
If your chops are up for a little rock 'n' roll, or maybe a touch of gospel, folk rock, country rock, Celtic, blues, jazz, and traditional music -- not to mention a whole bunch of amazingly beautiful original tunes -- pick up a ticket and plant your feet under one of the plush seats at the Sunrise Theater for Raising the Roof 6 on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
You can grab a $20 ticket at The Country Bookshop, Java Bean Plantation, Nature's Own, the Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, the Given Memorial Library, and at the box office before the show.
From its humble beginnings seven years ago (the volunteers who run the show took a breather last year), Raising the Roof, a gathering of local musicians who support the Sunrise Theater with their time and talent, was bound to be a tradition -- and a hit!
Music lovers and theater regulars have sold out the Sunrise for the benefit -- more than 1,500 folks have attended the performances -- to enjoy the amazing array of musical talent that would do any big city proud.
Craig Fuller of Pure Prairie League and Little Feat fame; Jimmy Jones who penned and sang "Handy Man"; the Randy Hughes Band; Danny and June Infantino; Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers; Tampa Blue and friends; the Inner-Faith Chorale; The Bufmeyers; Pure Prairie League (the entire band); and a slew of other talented folk have graced the Sunrise stage for Raising the Roof.
This year's show will include an entirely new lineup of local talent.
If you haven't heard the McKenzie Brothers, you're in for a sweet treat. These guys are a hoot. And they've been playing the Sandhills and all points on the compass for years, so they have a large following. If you need a good laugh and you want to hear some great music, the McKenzies are your boys.
The Java Mules are a five-piece Old Time String Band with an eclectic flare and a strong Appalachian influence. Their songs range from creative renditions of 1920s fiddle tunes and traditional Old Time songs, to country blues, and even original songs with the flavor of the old mountain life. They play in a variety of venues, from churches to theaters to bars. The band comes with an array of instruments and three vocalists to accommodate the lively variety of tunes. Dancing, stompin', and hollerin' are always encouraged.
Patrick Fuller is a student at The O'Neal School, and at 16 is already an accomplished musician. He's been performing with his father's band, Pure Prairie League, all over the map, and he's writing his own songs and playing lead guitar when the opportunity presents itself. Lord knows he has the correct genes, and he has a natural knack for kicking back on the electric and playing his heart out. Or hushing the audience with a simple ballad. You'll want to catch this up-and-comer so you can say you were there way back when
The Joyner Marie Young band have also been banging it out for years. In the 1970s, Danny Young and Bill Joyner hooked up in the Greenville area where they were performing as solo acts or with other bands. A few years later, they added female vocalist Marie Grimsley and, as they say, the rest is history. In one of various arrangements, the band produced a CD and one of the songs, "Live the Blues," went to number one for four weeks on King Curtis's Beach Club. Later they appeared at the Cammys, the beach music Grammys. They have a new CD, Full Circle.
Baxter Clement is a local boy who's been hanging round the music all his life. He studied guitar with Danny Infantino, picked up a music degree at Vanderbilt and formed a rock band in New York. Baxter is back home now, playing in the area and teaching guitar in his new studio on Broad Street. Classical, folk, rock 'n' roll, Baxter knows his stuff.
The four members of the Close Chorders quartet auditioned before the members of Sandhills Harmony Chorus on April 6. They passed the audition process and performed in public for the first time at the Dogwood Festival in Fayetteville on April 28. And they've been performing ever since.
Sue Myers is tenor. Kay Stone sings lead. Sue Joseph sings baritone, and Joan Smith is bass. All are members of a new Sweet Adelines chapter, and you're bound to enjoy their sweet harmonies.
The profits from Raising the Roof go to support the Sunrise Theater. If you'd like more information about Sunrise events, go to www.sunrise theater.com or call 692-3611.
Stephen Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
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