Singing the Blues Annual Sunrise Fundraiser Returns for 13th Year
BY KIRSTEN BALLARD
The 13th Annual Blues Crawl has two nights packed with talented musicians and brews on tap.
"Don't miss the nights that the streets of Aberdeen and Southern Pines come to life," says the Sunrise Theater spokesman. "You'll be supporting the Sunrise Theater, the area's premier performing arts resource, while reminding yourself why it's so great to live here."
The crawl will begin at 8 p.m. Friday night at Poplar Knight Spot, in Aberdeen, where Eden Brent brings her Mississippi jazz to the Rooster's Wife. Her voice transports listeners down to the bayou.
Brent was called "a force to reckon with" by The Wall Street Journal. She has won both Acoustic Album of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards.
The Harris Brothers are opening for Eden Brent that night. Their sound is blues and bluegrass combined in a melodic blend of banjo and soul. They have a raw sound that springs from the Appalachian Mountains.
Get tickets to Eden Brent and the Harris Brothers on concert night at The Rooster's Wife, or go to theroosterswife. org to buy online.
On Saturday, July 14, wristbands will be sold on the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Broad Street all day and night.
The Blues Crawl hosts 10 different bands starting at 1 p.m. and going until 1 a.m.
Mudbone Blues will be performing at Swank from 1 to 4 p.m. The unique band has an electric sound to its blues. With guitar solos and soulful solos, Mudbone Blues intends to keep the audience dancing all show long.
Tampa Blue is bringing his blues-spiritual mix to Southern Whey from 1 to 4 p.m. Mostly acoustic guitar, Tampa Blue is a musical treat of what he describes as "traditional, acoustic, Delta, slide, Piedmont, finger-style, Southern rural, pre-war, country, pre-electric with a touch of spirituals, hollers, rags and American finger-style guitar seasoning."
After a brief break for dinner, the music kicks off again at 7 p.m.
Bill Sheffield brings his twang, gospel and blues to the Blues Crawl from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wine Cellar. Acoustic guitar-slinging Sheffield began his career later in life but has still managed to create his own plucking method from idolizing previous great guitar players.
Seth Walker will be headlining at the Sunrise Theater from 8 to 11 p.m. Walker is a guitarist with a rich voice that enriches his signature loose vibe. His albums offer a variation of upbeat songs and soulful ballads. Walker is sure to provide a great set list during his Sunrise Theater performance.
Shelton Powe will be at the Eye Candy Gallery from 8 to 11 p.m. Powe is an N.C. native with a spiritual style of blues.
Singer songwriter Big Ron Hunter will perform at Swordfish from 8 to 11 p.m. Critics call Hunter "bluesy, yet sweet." His latest CD topped the blues charts in Canada and Australia.
Donna Hopkins will treat the Bell Tree Tavern to her songs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hopkins is a singer, songwriter, guitar player whose music combines blues, country and funk.
Lizzy Ross will entertain at The Jefferson Inn from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m. Ross brings her audience a folksy blues. Ross is a Chapel Hill native who took the music scene by storm in 2011.
O'Donnell's Pub hosts Cyril Lance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Lance is from Carrboro. His guitar playing sets him apart from other musicians in his genre.
Girl Trouble will be at Rhett's from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m. Girl Trouble has a unique rock sound that makes them popular among their fans.
Call the Sunrise Theater office at (910) 692-8501 or stop by the office at 250 NW Broad St. to purchase a $20 wristband for Saturday, July 14.
Contact Kirsten Ballard at kirsten@ thepilot.com.
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