Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is an accomplished harmonica, piano, banjo, and bones player, and she also adds vocal harmonies to their songs.

Nixon, Blevins & Gage Christmas

Canned food donations will be accepted at this concert for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Magnolia Klezmer Band

Based in the Triangle area of North Carolina, The Magnolia Klezmer Band performs Eastern European Jewish music from Romania, Moldava, Russia and the Ukraine blended with American traditional jazz and swing.

John Dee Holeman & Andy Coats

John Dee Holeman is a North Carolina treasure who has won National Heritage Fellowship (1988) and aNC Heritage Award (1994) over the years for his guitar playing and singing. His style on guitar combines the Piedmont Blues sound (which developed in Durham in the '30s and '40s) with touches of Texas blues and R&B. You've likely seen him playing outdoors at street festivals, at the Eno River, or in clubs.

Chuck and the Waggin'Ears

For close to 20 years, Chuck and the Waggin'Ears have delighted audiences at clubs, festivals, and special events with their blend of traditional bluegrass and original compositions. Blending bluegrass, Irish, folk, and good humor, this trio offers an afternoon that's sure to entertain the whole family!

The Rye Mountain Boys

The Rye Mountain Boys, winners of last year's Hoppin' John Bluegrass Band Competition, are veteran musicians who joined together to bring to life the original sounds of bluegrass music as it was conceived and performed by the founding
fathers of the genre. The band members are: Brian English (fiddle), Hugh Moore (banjo), Cliff Hale (lead vocals & guitar), Zack Mondry (bass), and Jim Collier (mandolin).

Magnum and Company Shout Band

The Mangum & Company Shout Band is a 15-20 member shout band from the Charlotte Mother House of Prayer. Inspired by Dixieland jazz, blues, gospel, and old-time spirituals, the shout band tradition originated from the exuberant church music of African-American communities in the Southeast during the 1920s. Shout band music is primarily played for church services, tent revivals, parades, baptisms, funerals and other special occasions.

Snyder Family Band

When Bud and Laine Snyder started their young kids in classical music lessons, they didn't expect to find them on stage other than a recital here and there. Now music is a big part of life for this North Carolina family as Samantha, age 11, and Zeb, age 15, have excelled in their individual instruments and the art of entertaining. As the two youngsters began to perform more often as a duo, their music interest turned toward bluegrass. While Samantha plays fiddle and Zeb the guitar, there seemed to be something missing.

Sam Bush Band with special guests Bearfoot

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush is alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass. Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the IBMA, and he has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles.


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