Ellis Dyson & the Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from Piedmont murder ballads, to traditional jazz, to big band swing. The result: whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship that electrifies every audience. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus.
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles consists of Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals), Eli Wittmann (acoustic guitar), Jonathan Ng (fiddle), Adam Maloney (upright bass) Danny Abrams (soprano/alto/baritone saxophones, vocals), and Danny Grewen (trombone, vocals). The band has come together through a series of fortuitous meetings in Chapel Hill. Beginning as a saxophone and banjo duo, the band has grown into a freight train string band with a flashy horn section.
Prior to the concert, the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board will provide an array of organized games and activities as part of “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.” This free, family-friendly event offers Wake Forest-area residents a unique opportunity to “disconnect” from their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices and “reconnect” with their community, friends and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.
The festivities get underway at 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Joyner Park’s Walker Garden. Games will include sack and relay races, corn hole, miniature golf and more. You’re also invited to bring a kite to fly and/or take a stroll along any of the park’s numerous trails. Several food vendors will also be on hand selling a variety of treats and refreshments. Two large charcoal grills are provided on site.
Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.
Pets on leashes are welcome. NOTE: Alcoholic beverages, along with gas and charcoal grills, are not allowed. Two large charcoal grills are provided on site. Park visitors are reminded that unleashed pets are also prohibited.
Parking is only permitted in the visitor parking lot or in the flat, grassy area at the park’s entrance. Designated parking for people with disabilities is available in E Carroll Joyner Park’s parking lot. Please park in the designated parking lot if space is available.
For safety reasons, parking is NOT permitted along the entry road to Joyner Park. Overflow parking is also available at the Cottage at Olde Mill Stream, 901 Barnford Mill Road. Learn more about parking at E Carroll Joyner Park, and see a map of the different parking areas
The stage at E. Carroll Joyner Park will be covered again this year, so concerts will not be canceled in case of brief showers. Wake Forest expects a permanent cover over the amphitheater in 2019!
In the event of inclement weather, there will be no shortage of ways to find out whether the concert will be moved to the rain site. Updated concert information will be available by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert via PineCone’s website, e-newsletter and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). Updated concert information will be available on Wake Forest TV 10, the Town of Wake Forest Facebook page, or by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a message informing them of any schedule changes. The app is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users. Search for “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play.
In case of truly inclement weather, concerts are normally moved to the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest. The Centre cannot accommodate pets, picnics or lawn chairs. Food vendors will not relocate to the Centre; snacks and drinks can be purchased from the Centre.