Fringe Series Closes Out Next Week
Thursday through Saturday, July 31-Aug. 2, The Lee Boys, Carl Weathersby and Flat River Band, respectively, will close out the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) Fringe Series' final week of concerts.
All performances begin at 8:30 p.m. at Triad Stage (232 South Elm Street, Greensboro).
One of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles, The Lee Boys are a family group consisting of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) and their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums).
The members of The Lee Boys found their young start in the rigorous and varied course of training offered by their church, the House of God, where their father and grandfather, the Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself.
Described as an inspired, unique form of gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat, the "sacred steel" style has established itself as a hallmark of the Pentecostal congregation.
The Lee Boys have performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Mixing Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing, Carl Weathersby plays the blues from down-and-dirty to scintillating Albert King-influenced chops.
Born in 1953, in Jackson, Miss., the young guitar player found his start in the encouragement of a family friend, and eventual ensemble member, Albert King.
After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Carl found employment as a steel mill worker, prison guard and then police officer before finding his way back into music.
After serving as Albert King's rhythm guitarist between 1979 and 1982, Weathersby spent some 15 years with Billy Branch's Sons of Blues as lead guitarist before striking out on his own. His debut solo album on Evidence Records, "Don't Lay Your Blues on Me," was nominated for the W.C. Handy 'Blues Album of the Year' award.
The Flat River Band's members are lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Chad Sitze, his brother, mandolin, harmonica and electric guitarist, lead and harmony vocals Dennijo Sitze, their other brother, electric and upright bass, lead and harmony vocals, Andy Sitze.
The Sitze brothers' early start with their parents' band, the Sitze Family, brought the entire family to such venues as Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and numerous festivals, fairs and churches.
Tickets may be purchased for $20 by calling 866-579-TIXX, from the Festival Box Office at Triad Stage or online at www.EasternMusicFestival.org.
Currently in its 47th season, the EMF draws outstanding faculty, distinguished guest artists and talented youth from all over the country and world.
Recognized for its commitment to education, the festival unites world-renowned performing artists with
pre-professional students to create an environment that fosters musical growth and provides a five-week schedule of 100 high caliber concerts and music-related events
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