March 23rd at 7 pm
Bessie Smith, known as the "Empress of the Blues", was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bessie began singing in her youth, and in 1913 toured with Ma Rainey, with whom she received additional training. Famous for her rich contralto voice and captivating emotional performances, the American Blues singer traveled throughout the south singing in cities such as Birmingham, Alabama, Memphis Tennessee, and Atlanta and Savanna, Georgia. Her most notable songs include "Careless Love Blues". "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do".
Heather Pierson is a world-class performer, with her bell-tone, pitch-perfect vocals and her spot-on interpretations. “I’ll never forget it, the very first time I played the piano – a real piano – I knew that this was exactly what I wanted to do, every moment that I had the chance to do it.” she recalls. Winner of the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest, Heather has multiple CD's to her credit, in a variety of musical genres, which reveal her musical versatility, from New Orleans jazz, folk narratives, Delta Blues and, for us, Bessie Smith.
Make Up Day!
Van Morrison performed by Ken Kennedy
January 27th at 7 pm
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A native of North Carolina and resident of High Point, Ken Kennedy has spent his lifetime singing and playing music. As the vocalist for Piedmont Airlines he consistently amazed audiences throughout the world in his engagements at the Grand Casino, Deauville, and Paris, Frankfurt as well as most major US cities. He was the featured vocalist in the “Down Home with the Carolina Pops” tour with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Sir George Ivan Morrison known professionally as Van Morrison, is an Irish singer,
musician and songwriter. Known as “Van the Man,” Morrison rose to prominence in the 1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish band, ‘Them,’ with whom he wrote and recorded “Gloria.” His solo career started with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. Through the decades, Morrison has recorded 42 albums and has been indicted into four different Hall of Fames, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hits include “Dweller on the Threshold”, “In the Garden”, and “Someone Like you”.
Mann & Weil
The last four decades of pop music would not be the same without the melodies of Barry Mann and lyrics of Cynthia Weil. Together the pair have created hits for the Righteous Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Dolly Parton. Mann and Weil have written a hit in almost every genre from poignant ballads to jamming rock music. Together the duo has amassed a total of 112 pop, country and R&B awards including the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hits include “Walking in the Rain,” “Here You Come Again,” and “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling.”
Boomerang is made up of multi-instrumentalists Epy, Mike and Tom bringing their craft and 3-part harmonies together in this spirited trio. The mainstay of the band is the re-creation of the great music hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song presentation is immediately recognizable by their audiences. Their live and accompanying instrumentation arrangements are all performed by Epy, Mike and Tom.