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May
25
Sat
BEN SPARACO AND THE NEW EFFECT
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ben Sparaco and The New Effect formed in 2017 when Florida-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist began playing with drummer Anthony Quirk and bassist Adam Discipio. Now based in the flourishing musical oasis of Nashville, TN, Ben and the band have maintained a massive touring schedule, cutting their teeth playing coast to coast in clubs and festivals.

Sparaco spent his teen years making a name for himself in the jam scene of the southeast, playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dead and Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more before he had even turned 21. This included a touring stint in late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks’ band. After recording his 2016 release “Bring the Jubilee EP” with a Florida-based group of musicians, he moved to Nashville. There, he amassed a group of some of Nashville’s finest to record his debut solo record “Wooden” with producer Ross Holmes (Mumford and Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes), which also featured a guest appearance from Luther Dickinson.

After finalizing The New Effect’s powerful lineup with Berklee College of Music graduates Quirk and Discipio, Sparaco’s songwriting started drifting from his southern rock roots, showing indie rock, new wave, and pop influences, evident on the EP “Greetings, from Ben Sparaco and The New Effect.” Following this with the single “Scared of The Dark” in the fall of 2018, Sparaco and his band have earned glowing press reviews, further establishing themselves as up and comers to watch in the indie rock world.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, May 25
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
May
26
Sun
ANDERS OSBORNE – MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION
May 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly has honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.

A powerful live performer, the musician has won over fans through non-stop touring as well as a heralded collaboration with the North Mississippi Allstars & Southern Soul Assembly.

Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo’s Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders’ song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne’s compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang, Edwin McCain, Sam Bush, Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO’s New Orleans-based drama, Treme.

Enjoy Rayland Baxter during the Memorial Day Celebration.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Memorial Day Celebration (May 26)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
May
30
Thu
RED WANTING BLUE
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to NPR and reaching #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, all while operating largely outside the confines of the traditional music industry. For their powerful new album, ‘The Wanting,’ the band handed production duties over to acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully realized collection yet. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the record draws on many of the group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, May 30
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
May
31
Fri
ANTHONY GOMES
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist, Anthony Gomes, is propelling blues rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. “The blues is old, but not tired” said Anthony, adding: “It speaks as truthfully today, and for this generation, as it ever has.” Blues Music Magazine writes that, “the formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues.” This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. And the facts speak for themselves. Gomes has performed in 17 countries and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, May 31
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
1
Sat
SONGS FROM THE ROAD BAND
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Songs From The Road Band is Mark Schimick (mandolin), Sam Wharton (guitar), James Schlender (fiddle) and Charles Humphrey III (bass). These veteran acoustic musicians have collectively received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. Once primarily an album recording band, Songs From The Road Band has emerged as one of the heaviest touring bands in the country since March 2018. They are currently touring in support of their number one Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country chart-topping album Road To Nowhere. They are proud to call both Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN home.

Schimick’s signature high harmonies and energetic mandolin licks have pushed him to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice. He is one of the most exciting front men in the business. Wharton is an award-winning singer and guitar picker who honed his chops in Telluride, CO. Schlender, a two-time National fiddle award recipient, is one of the top five string fiddlers in the world, with a background in contest, classical, and jazz. Humphrey, a member of the NC Music Hall of Fame and a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s entertainer of the year award in 2011.

The Road Band delivers a one-of-a-kind show, featuring original songs from their four studio albums and crowd favorites from all musical genres. The band is known for their improvisational jams, tight three part harmonis and light show, providing an engaging, high-energy experience for audiences around the country.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, June 1
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
6
Thu
STRONG WATER
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In 2013, Strong Water lead singer and guitarist Greg Brennan finished his American Literature course with something better than an A: the perfect name, borrowed from the Puritans, for his whiskey drinking, Americana/Folk band.

And like a good shot of its namesake, Strong Water is smooth with a raw, inexplicable bite, garnering inspiration from artists such as Noah Gundersen, Mumford and Sons, and The Lone Bellow, yet remaining unafraid to break the conventions of its genre with a pulsing drum beat or a reggae breakdown. Metaphor-laden lyrics are inspired by the intersection of seeming opposites: love and loss, anticipation and nostalgia, courage and fear, and by the surrounding beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Their textured sound is, “Complete with howling banjos, two-part vocal harmonies and driving drums” as described by The Burg, a Lynchburg outlet that named Strong Water as one of five acts to watch at music festival Lynchstock 2017.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, June 6
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
7
Fri
EMMA’S LOUNGE
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Emma’s Lounge has the unique ability to morph from rootsy folk to rollicking rock and powerful soul, to head-turning electronic-tinged psychedelic funkiness. Their strange range of creative influence is united by the band’s raw energy and audience inclusiveness. Their diverse musical style has opened opportunities for the band to share stages with an equally diverse group of artists including BIG Something, Consider The Source, The Fritz, Litz, Dr. Bacon, Dangermuffin, Toubab Krewe, The Southern Belles, The Broadcast, Futurebirds, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, and more.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, June 7
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Jun
8
Sat
THE HIGH DIVERS
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“We just wanted to be a kickass, road-ready, rock ’n’ roll band”, muses frontman, Luke Mitchell, of South Carolina based rock outfit, The High Divers; and with 4 years of steady national touring, 2 studio albums, and a growing fanbase that have come to love their raucous live shows: it would seem the band is making good on those original plans.

With anthemic choruses, lush 3 part harmonies, and rhythms rooted just as deeply in Motown as in rock ’n’ roll of the past and present, The High Divers create songs that nod to the classics, while carving out a sonic space all their own. A fixture of the South Carolina music scene, the band is known for it’s charismatic on-stage swagger and it’s ability to get the crowd completely and unabashedly involved.

The High Divers’ Sophomore album, “Chicora” brought the band out on the road for most of the last year signaling the return of the group after being sidelined by an auto accident during a tour out west. Released on True Blue Records, “Chicora” captures the band experimenting with synthesizers, psychedelic vocals, and pop sensibilities that could bring to mind the “Rumors” era of Fleetwood Mac.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, June 8
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Jun
13
Thu
DAVID CHILDERS
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

inger-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy. But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions.

The legal profession’s loss is certainly the music world’s gain. Childers’ new album, Run Skeleton Run, is filled with the kinds of songs that have made him a favorite of fans and fellow artists including neighbors The Avett Brothers. Scott Avett contributes to four tracks, and Avett’s bassist Bob Crawford co-executive-produced the effort with label head Dolph Ramseur. (Crawford and Childers, both history buffs, have recorded and performed together in the Overmountain Men).

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, June 13
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
14
Fri
NICK SCHNEBELEN
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Nick Schnebelen Band is an amazing American Roots Experience that’s based in Kansas City, MO. The band welds together huge frame pieces of Blues, Rock and even some fast and funky swing, just to show off their mechanical skills. Playing with Nick are Cliff Moore on Bass, and Adam Hagerman on Drums. Whether it’s an electric guitar, lap-steel, dobro, Nick plays them all. You can catch the Nick Schnebelen Band hitting the road all across the US with their new album ‘Live at Knucklehead’s Vol. 1’.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, June 14
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
15
Sat
HANNAH WICKLUND & THE STEPPIN STONES
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fronted by 21 year old triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitar player, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones boasts a resume that can be hard to match for most multi-decade musicians. With over 2,500 shows under their belt, three completed albums and festival appearances at Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are on their way to becoming Rock & Roll’s next marquee act.

Formed in 2006, by a then eight year old Wicklund, the band has come along way from playing Janis Joplin and Neil Young covers. Between then and now, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones have been billed alongside legacy acts such as Jefferson Starship, Kansas, and The Marshall Tucker Band. Fast forward to now, one year after the 2018 release of their 10 track self titled album, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones has amassed over 2.5mm streams on their most recent project and have been billed alongside current and legendary chart topping mainstays such as X Ambassadors, Cage the Elephant, Tom Petty, Alanis Morissette and Muse.

Although Hannah’s roaring guitar riffs on her custom Tom Anderson guitar and orange amp set the tone for The Steppin Stones performances, it’s her vocal range and well-beyond-her-years songwriting that have led to the success of their latest release, helping to propel them to a regular mainstay festival act. Hannah’s musical vision stays close to her classic rock roots, but in no way is a classic rock tribute. Their music is a refreshing focus on raw and organic emotions in a time of digitally driven recordings and performances.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, June 15
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
20
Thu
UPSTATE
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery. As the band knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and even their name all underwent dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those changes have finally culminated in the sextet’s dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll.

Recorded primarily over six days at the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY, ‘Healing’ is the band’s first release with new member Allison Olender, their first with four contributing songwriters, and their first since shortening their name from Upstate Rubdown. It’s also their first project to be produced by Wood Brothers percussionist Jano Rix, who helped the group embrace their transformation and lean in to their unique lineup without sacrificing any of the gorgeous harmonies, eclectic arrangements, and unforgettable performances that have defined the band since their earliest days.

Upstate first emerged from New York’s Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed debut, ‘A Remedy.’ The Poughkeepsie Journal raved that the group “need[s] nothing more than their voices to channel rhythm and stoke your emotions,” while Chronogram hailed their “infectiously sunny organic stew,” and The Alt called them “toe-tapping, contagious, and fun.” The album earned the band festival performances from Mountain Jam to Fresh Grass, as well as a slew of national headline dates and support slots with everyone from The Felice Brothers and Phox to Marco Benevento and Cory Henry.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, June 20
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
21
Fri
THE ORANGE CONSTANT
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Formed in the college bars of Statesboro, GA in 2012 and transplanted to Athens among the reminiscence of R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, vintage rock outfit The Orange Constant blends the organic charm of southern psychedelia, heartfelt narrative, and progressive composition all with a spontaneous yet pop-like sensibility.

The band has shared bills with nationally and internationally touring acts including Perpetual Groove, TAUK, Pink Talking Phish, CBDB, RIPE, and Atlas Road Crew and won the 2016 Flagpole Athens Music Award for best “Jam/ Funk” band. Its second LP, Point of Reference (March 2017), was produced by Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Kishi Bashi, Futurebirds) and has been described as “eclectic rock n’ roll, everything from blissful southern rock and indie jams to urban funk.” The Orange Constant draws influence from many different styles, and fans are often drawn to their ability to meld progressive composition and improvisation with a pop-like sensibility. The band consists of Andrew Brantley (guitar/vocals), Nickalous Benson (guitar/vocals), Tyler Walker (bass/vocals),Chris Freiberg (keyboard), Sam Groveman (Drums).

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, June 21
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Jun
22
Sat
THE VEGABONDS
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

With their third European tour under the belt, three full-length albums including a fourth nearing completion, and a gravitational pull to their growing fan base down every American highway, the Vegabonds are on a musical pilgrimage to spread the gospel of pure, unadulterated New South Rock.

Some might assert that their sound is Americana, while others may consider them to be true rock ‘n’ rollers. Regardless of what fans like to call them, the Alabama-born, Nashville-bred quintet is pulling themselves up by the bootstraps just in time for 2018, forging ahead into the future by avoiding pigeon holes.

With a sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers mixed with the grit and twang of the Allman Brothers Band, The Vegabonds give their fans a sensational performance with powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting night after night. Their hard work and unbridled talents have not gone unnoticed; the group has opened for such notable acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the late Gregg Allman, and Kid Rock, among others. Rousing performances at festivals like Peach Fest, Magnolia Fest, Sunfest, and Toadlick grew their notoriety nationwide, leading to a west coast tour that formed in-roads with the music and comedy community in Los Angeles. It’s no wonder that Live for Live Music has compared them to musical legends like My Morning Jacket and The Black Crowes, calling them “a force to be reckoned with,” complete with “gorgeous harmonies and impressive instrumental skills mak[ing] for a perfect combination.”

Born in Alabama. Bred in Nashville. Seasoned by the Road. Celebrated the world over. Come let your hair down with The Vegabonds.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, June 22
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Jun
27
Thu
EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band hailing from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Formed on the streets of their hometown, ESB is rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. Combining complex musical arrangements with thoughtful lyrical song structure, ESB can stretch out and dig deep when they are feeling it or keep things tight and concise. The fat sound of the horns paired with one dirty rhythm section makes the music downright psychedelically nasty! Founded in 2012, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from various genres and weaving them together with the common thread of Brass. The diversity of the music within their sets keep audiences guessing what is next to come.

Featuring rich group and strong lead vocals including Grammy Award winner Debrissa Mckinney (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), ESB not only takes its audiences on a ride to the dark side and back instrumentally, they also use the force of soaring melody and lush harmony to transport the listeners to another dimension. The band released its debut album, “Theme For A Celebration” in 2017 and it was tapped as one of the top 100 album releases in 2017 by WNCW 88.7 radio. Since their conception, ESB has been a consistent fixture at various festivals throughout the east coast. They’ve had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes (Allman Bros. Band and Gov’t Mule) sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, NC and the honor of headlining four years in a row celebrating the life of Dizzy Gillespie in his hometown of Cheraw, SC, for the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival. ESB has co-billed with such artists as Dr. John & Lettuce. The horns have sat in on performances with Galactic, The Big Something, and many others. ESB horn players JP Furnas, Paul Juhl and Alex Bradley are also featured on the live album compilation from world-renowned artists Beats Antique entitled “Creature Carnival” released in 2015. The band is known to regularly parade off stage into the audience leading the crowd in a raucous procession around the venue before, during or after their set.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, June 27
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
28
Fri
SLEEPWALKERS
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It was the winter of 2013, when a casual lunch at Burger King manifested the hearts of four lost souls and transformed the gang into an unstoppable courier of smash hits. SLEEPWALKERS, a group of outlaws who rose from the blue collar depths of a glorified suburban landscape, seek to recreate the golden age of songwriting.

Combining the soothing sounds of Yanni with the angelic melodies of Enya, SLEEPWALKERS are sure to be the butter to your bread. Matthew McConaughey says, “SLEEPWALKERS songs are more historically significant than the Declaration of Independence…Nick Cage won’t have to look far to find this National Treasure.” SLEEPWALKERS have diamonds on the soles of their shoes they’re not going to Graceland.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, June 28
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jun
29
Sat
CODDLE CREEK
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Coddle Creek is a high energy creekgrass band from the foothills of NC in beautiful Coddle Creek. It’s traditional bluegrass… music with a kick. We like to play fast and let our light shine bright. The sweet harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars of longtime friends Travis Weddington and Adam Lawrence are like no other.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, June 29
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
3
Wed
RAYLAND BAXTER – FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced.

“I packed everything in my van and moved to Franklin for three months,” says Baxter. “It was the fist time I ever got to be alone and focus solely on songs like that. All I did was write, write, write all day every day. I was obsessed.”

By the time Baxter emerged, he’d penned more than 50 tunes and crafted a detailed blueprint for his spectacular new album, ‘Wide Awake.’ Deftly produced by Butch Walker, the record infuses Baxter’s easygoing, soulful sound with British Invasion melodies and rock and roll swagger, marrying lean, muscular songwriting with adventurous, inventive arrangements. It’s a cutting, insightful collection, one that takes a sardonic view the violence, greed, and division that seem to define the modern American landscape. Rather than point a finger, though, the music holds up a mirror, offering a sober reflection of the times thoughtfully bundled in bright, infectious hooks. There’s no judgment here, only keen observation, and Baxter implicates himself as much as his neighbor through it all.

Enjoy Rayland Baxter during the Fourth of July Celebration.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fourth of July Celebration (July 3)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
4
Thu
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS – FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their third decade with perhaps the most vital album of their career. Recorded in studios across America during North Mississippi Allstars’ 2016 tour, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees the Dickinsons weaving their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with unstoppable energy, rhythmic reinvention, and a potent message of positivity, family, and hope. As ever, songs like R.L. Burnside’s “Long Haired Doney” and the impassioned title track pay homage to the country blues legacy while simultaneously pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, electronic innovation, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.

Enjoy North Mississippi Allstars during the Fourth of July Celebration.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fourth of July Celebration (July 4)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
5
Fri
LITTLE TYBEE
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Little Tybee’s eponymous self titled 4th studio album is by far the group’s most ambitious work, and fully crystallizes the Atlanta sextet’s brand of dynamic and multi-layered dream folk. Named for a small island off the coast of Georgia, Little Tybee have been a mainstay in Atlanta’s burgeoning music scene since they formed in 2009. The group has developed a cult following for their celebrated live sets, and have opened for acts including Victor Wooten, Kurt Vile, Of Montreal, Maps and Atlases, Hundred Waters and many more. Little Tybee “have been developing their genre bending sound over the course of nearly seven years, three albums, and countless tours across the States,” and according to Vice’s Noisey, “it’s time to start paying attention.”

The bulk of the Little Tybee’s compositions begin their life as delicate creations, etched around the sinewy acoustic guitar and lilting vocals of singer songwriter and band leader Brock Scott. The songs are then fleshed out by the eight-string guitar virtuoso Josh Martin (endorsed by Ibanez & Dunlop), the classical flare of Nirvana Kelly’s violin, the deep pocket grooves of Ryan Donald’s hook-laden bass and Pat Brook’s gospel tinged beats, all rounded out by Chris Case’s driving keyboard arrangements. The result is kinetic and eclectic, an album which is both soothing and bombastic, and which rewards repeat listens. By blending elements of Folk, Psych, Jazz, and Bossa, Little Tybee have created a genre all their own, both creative and technical, with a keen ear for melody and accessibility.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 5
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
6
Sat
FUNK VS BLUEGRASS
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy a mash-up performance of funk versus bluegrass from Dirty Grass Players and Band of Tomorrow…

Hailing from Baltimore, Md The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Josh Ballard on Bass, Alex Berman on Banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this four piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty and heated performance. Their ability to seamlessly transition from downhome bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique. Throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass. Their self-titled debut CD The Dirty Grass Players captures this energy and as 2017 winner of Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition clearly indicates, this is just the beginning. Successfully touring the Mid-Atlantic and festival appearances, this year finds the group expanding along the East Coast and building on this momentum. For anyone that enjoys a musical throwdown by skilled musicians its time to get your grass dirty.

The Band of Tomorrow ping-pongs between genres and weaves together harmonic sections in a way no other band would dare to. In the same way, their pre-written lyrics don’t shy away from any subject, nor does any special guest find it challenging to make a Band of Tomorrow song their own. This Band structures its mission around an unpredictable and transformative experience – always high energy, always premium quality, based often in familiar melodies and intellectual lyrics, but exploring improvised ideas with every new layer.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, July 6
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
11
Thu
SAM BURCHFIELD
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sam Burchfield is a southern folk / soul artist out of Atlanta, GA. Lyrical depth paired with a soulful vocal delivery and catchy melodies drives home the message. Burchfield transports listeners into a wide array of musical truths, commanding the stage with a joyful honesty.  His latest EP, Unarmored, digs a few layers deeper into a genre-crossing career that has only just begun. From folk, to funk, to southern soul — Sam and his band of ‘Scoundrels’ capture it all. The rowdy crew puts on a show that is electrifyingly entertaining and yet full of Burchfield’s lyrical honesty and depth.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, July 11
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
12
Fri
WOOD AND WIRE
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Texas songwriter tradition casts a long shadow today, and Austin-based Americana roots juggernauts Wood & Wire could easily rattle off a long list of songwriters that inspire them from Willie Nelson to James McMurtry, and everyone in between. But ask them about what it is about Texas that brought us so many great songwriters, and they stop cold. That’s because they don’t romanticize their culture or their past, they’re too busy working their asses off making new music, writing new songs. This isn’t a land made for quiet reflection, it’s a land made for hard work. Respect for honest labor is a central theme in Wood & Wire’s 2018 GRAMMY Nominated album for “Best Bluegrass”, North of Despair ( Blue Corn Music), with songs populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge in Llano, Texas with his own two hands. The characters on the album live large, and aren’t afraid to share their opinions about the modern world. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting. But it’s the melding of this hard country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound. Artists like John Hartford have trod this ground before, mixing up great songs, bluegrass virtuosity, and a strong sense of place, and Wood & Wire aim to pave the way for Austin’s roots scene, bursting out of the giant expanses of the state with a fully-fledged vision for a new Texan sound. On North of Despair, they bring the ferocity of their live shows to the studio, whipping through barn-burning anthems about hard people in hard times.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 12
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
13
Sat
C2 & THE BROTHERS REED
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailing from Kentucky with a sound as unique and smooth as the state’s beloved bourbon, C2 & The Brothers Reed’s authenticity shines – in their music, and on stage.

After the independent release of their first EP “Hot Mess”, along with an extensive tour schedule (250+ shows in 2015-16) traveling mainly in the southern part of the country, they took to the studio less than a year later to cut their new record Weigh Station Tour. Split into sides, ‘Exit A’ and ‘Exit B’, Weigh Station Tourexplores gritty rock and roll while referencing 60’s and 70’s era soul music, embracing a style that is nearly lost but deeply needed in the surge of modern sound and technology.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, July 13
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
18
Thu
DANGERMUFFIN
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Charleston, SC’s Dangermuffin is an eclectic quartet that weaves lyrical themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection with Americana, Island influenced, Folk and Jam grooves. The band’s live show swims between tasty acoustic, and rockin’ electric sounds. On the band’s 6th and latest release, ‘Heritage,’ Dangermuffin reaches into their creative arsenal to craft an album showcasing the band’s signature coastal-influenced grooves mixed with Americana sensibilities and Appalachian fingerpicking. The album’s lyrics contemplate the universal human connection to our ancestors, ancient traditions and symbols while yearning for humanity to get back to its roots. It is an audible showcase weaving introspective lyrics with catchy, nimble guitar riffs. Fittingly, the album’s soaring vocals were recorded in Charleston’s historic Unitarian Church, a National Historic Landmark built in 1772.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, July 18
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Belmont Abbey College Island
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Jul
19
Fri
JEFF CROSBY & THE REFUGEES
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Born and raised in Idaho, Jeff Crosby has been sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the US and beyond for the past decade. His songs are a collection from growing up in a small town in Idaho with all of the hardships and beauty of living in small town America, to five years living in a shoebox apartment off Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles CA, then to traveling and living on the road playing 250 shows a year. Though recently making the move to Nashville TN, Jeff continues to spend majority of his time touring the country.

After spending the last two years splitting his time between playing guitar for Widespread Panic song-writer Jerry Joseph and performing with his own band, Jeff hit the studio to produce his fourth full length album, Postcards from Magdalena. The collection of songs was inspired by the places and cultures Crosby experienced while traveling across the U.S., Iceland, the UK., Colombia, Nicaragua, and Alaska.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 19
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
20
Sat
NAUGHTY PROFESSOR
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers.

Their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act. Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, the band honors their hometown’s jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions while looking to the future.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
25
Thu
ARKANSAUCE
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four piece string band from northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk. With a loyal following growing every day in the Natural State and along their tour routes, the band is proud to be stepping into a hard-driving sound unique to the Arkansas quartet.

The third album (If I Were You, released April 2017) of all original material finds the palate expanded with more complex melodies, intriguing rhythms, and hard-hitting hooks that leave the songs whirling around your head long after the listening experience.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, July 25
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Jul
26
Fri
CALEB CAUDLE
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle was raised on rock n’ roll and Southern hospitality. Influenced by bands like The Clash and Velvet Underground, Caudle was playing North Carolina’s punk rock circuit by the age of 15. Naturally, his music matured with his age and he became more lyrically driven, adopting a love for collecting vinyl. In 2012, he decided to quit his day job and focus solely on music — five years and four albums later, Caudle is gaining the traction he deserves. He was recently dubbed “the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon – rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite,” by Rolling Stone editors for their list of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know”. He’s played Nashville’s famed AmericanaFest multiple times and his song, “Borrowed Smiles” was featured on last season’s dramatic season finale of CMT’s Nashville. And as 2018 approaches, he’s not slowly down; he’s on the lineup for the 11th Annual Cayamo, the musical cruise that travels from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico, and Belize, next to icons like John Prine, Buddy Miller, Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Lee Ann Womack. And most importantly, he’s gearing up to release his eighth and most refined album yet, Crushed Coins.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 26
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Jul
27
Sat
JARED & THE MILL
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re 5 best friends from Arizona. We love the desert, we love its mountains, we love our city, its people, and we love each other. We love long drives, early mornings, late nights, dive bars, carne asada Tacos at 3 am, dirty jokes, and asking each other what we think about things. We’re just as likely to get down on Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as we are Van Halen, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd. We love dogs, we love our van, we love playing music together, and we love you – it’s true. For the past few years, we’ve released records and pretty much always been on tour, hitting the road on our own, with fellow bands, and have been lucky enough to open for a few heroes. From living rooms and basement clubs, to theaters and arenas, we just love playing shows, and truly love being on the road.

Our fans (the pack) are our greatest priority – we love them, we really do, and we do our best to insure them that we can’t do this without them. Our message is one of acceptance, not in a circle sitting kumbaya way, but in a way of acknowledging that we all have things we regret, we all have passions and opinions, and it’s up to all of us to filter through our flaws and our regrets to find ourselves and love one another. Don’t judge other people, do your best to have a good time in life, and care about everybody, like EVERYBODY everybody. Our shows are rowdy, you’ll break down your walls and realize you’re not in this alone. We hope you come to a show, make our songs apart of your story, and live the best life you can.

Cheers,

Jared & The Mill

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, July 27
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
1
Thu
FUNK YOU
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Funk You humbly contributes to a music scene that has given them so much. The band steadfastly crafts and develops their sound while touring across the country, growing closer as a family of musicians. Focusing on the many styles that construct and compose the glorious genre of funk, these players artfully blend clean and powerful vocals with passionate musicianship. Funk You feels most at home on stage, their captivating live performances keep fans coming back time and time again. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, August 1
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
2
Fri
IAN FERGUSON
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ian Ferguson can do it all. No, really—the Nashville musician played all the instruments and did all the engineering for his song “State of Gold,” the first single off his forthcoming debut album of the same name.

Ferguson is part of a troupe of retro raconteurs with a taste for the strange sonics of the ‘70s, young punks who grew up digging Bowie, Wire and Bolan in equal measure. Artists like The Lemon Twigs, The Nude Party, and Ferguson’s tour-mate Ron Gallo are amongst Ferguson’s contemporaries, and “State of Gold” is proof of that. Underneath the dust and grit is a sinewy glam track that wouldn’t feel out of place on, say, Electric Warrior. The devil is in the details here—the background vocals that sound like a room full of heads humming with the great over-spirit, that faint acoustic guitar sidewinding through the dirty-blues leads—and it makes Ferguson’s track more than the sum of its collective inspirations.

–TheDaily Dose

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 2
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
3
Sat
Confluence: Where music gathers
Aug 3 @ 2:30 pm – 10:30 pm

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 3, 2:30 pm
LOCATION: South Ridge
TYPE: Live Music
 

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 3, 3:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
 

LIVE MUSIC – ORQUESTA MAYOR

WHEN: August 3, 4:00 pm
LOCATION: River’s Edge Stage
TYPE: Live Music

North Carolina’s finest Salsa band, Orquesta Mayor. With a trio of vocalists, a killer horn section and director Helder Serralde, Orquesta Mayor has been performing straight up salsa since 2006, the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Whether they are covering classic hits from the Fania All-Stars, the energy of El Gran Combo, or the contemporary style of Gilberto Santa Rosa, Orquesta Mayor gets the crowd dancing with its powerful, rich sound.

Thanks to the experience, ability and talent of its members, Orquesta Mayorhas had the opportunity to accompany several internationally recognized salsa artists such as: Jerry Rivera, Ismael Miranda, La India, Maelo Ruiz, Raulin Rosendo, N’Klabe, Paquito Guzman, NG2, Luis Enrique, among others.

LIVE MUSIC – MIKE STRAUSS

WHEN: August 3, 4:30 pm
LOCATION: South Ridge
TYPE: Live Music
The Mike Strauss Band is a six-piece band whose sound delicately balances on the cusps of blues, country, rock, folk, and jazz., borrowing from each genre aforementioned to create unique rhythms. The band formed in Charlotte around 2004. 

LIVE MUSIC – EMILY SAGE

WHEN: August 3, 5:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
Emily Sage is a Charlotte-based Independent artist with strong leanings in jazz and soul. Her romantic and lullaby-like songwriting style is largely influenced by her time spent growing up in Portugal. Emily is currently recording her debut full length album. 

LIVE MUSIC – CYANCA

WHEN: August 3, 6:00 pm
LOCATION: River’s Edge Stage
TYPE: Live Music
Born and raised in Smithfield, North CarolinaCyanca’s artist presence encompasses a soulful voice matched with eccentric style, deep bass, and electric pianos with a splash of synth that commands attention. Her sound is influenced by acts like D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and A Tribe Called Quest, perpetuating the crossover between Jazz and R&B. Cyanca has played in three music festivals and was recently awarded “Best Musician 2019” by Charlotte Magazine.  

LIVE MUSIC – DANE PAGE & LEO SOLIS

WHEN: August 3, 6:30 pm
LOCATION: South Ridge
TYPE: Live Music
Dane Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dane has toured throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic with his independently produced EP City to City. Dane’s music pulls from the contemporary folk genre and weaves his listeners through stories of Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history. 

LIVE MUSIC – SINNERS & SAINTS

WHEN: August 3, 7:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
“We’re all sinners and we’re all saints, and we’re all in it together.’” Sinners and Saints infuse their acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies and foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit. The band has shared the stage with bands and artists including Flogging Molly, Shovels and Rope, Robert Earl Keen, Daniel Romano, St Paul & the Broken Bones, SUSTO, Sun Kil Moon, Bombadil, and many others. 

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 3, 8:00 pm
LOCATION: River’s Edge Stage
TYPE: Live Music

LIVE MUSIC – DOWNTOWN ABBY & THE ECHOES

WHEN: August 3, 9:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
DownTown Abby & The Echoes captures the spirit of old soul while emphasizing its youthful energy and songwriting. Taking influence from the titans of soul, blues, and southern rock, the band’s EP is full of powerful vocals, guitar licks and groovy rhythm sections.  
Aug
4
Sun
Confluence: Where music gathers
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Confluence: Where music gathers. Where local musicians meet the stage. Where crowds meet their new favorite band. And where industry professionals meet local artists. Part festival, platform, and conference, Confluence is for musicians to perform and learn, and for music lovers to discover and enjoy. Confluence is presented by Whitewater in association with MaxxMusic and Midwood Entertainment.

EVENT DETAILS

  • When:
    • August 3 | 11:00a – 10:30p
    • August 4 | 11:30a – 6:30p
  • Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

LIVE MUSIC – JIM AVETT & DAVID CHILDERS

WHEN: August 4, 12:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music

Jim Avett is a life-long musician and father of The Avett Brothers. Jim is a native of Concord, NC and has performed in listening rooms and festivals nationwide with his beloved country tunes and original ballads. 

David Childers is a prolific local singer-songwriter, poet, and painter with strong folk influences and six solo albums. 

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 4, 12:30 pm
LOCATION: South Ridge
TYPE: Live Music

LIVE MUSIC – THE HAWTHORNES

WHEN: August 4, 1:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
A staple in the Charlotte music scene, The Hawthornes are a step towards music-retro. Fusing imaginative, melodic hooks with sultry vocals, fiery guitars, and luscious grooves, The Hawthornes color the musical winds with a rare and unique blend of rock, soul, funk, and jazz. 

LIVE MUSIC – TONY ELTORA

WHEN: August 4, 2:00 pm
LOCATION: River’s Edge Stage
TYPE: Live Music
A Hickory resident for almost 20 years, Tony Eltora’s music is best described as Bluesy Americana Soul. His sounds are influenced by blues, rock, and jazz musictelling stories of love, loss, and rebirth. 

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 4, 2:30 pm
LOCATION: South Ridge
TYPE: Live Music

LIVE MUSIC – JUNIOR ASTRONOMERS

WHEN: August 4, 3:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
Junior Astronomers seek to achieve more than just reactions from onlookers; the band itself tries to document the human experience. With a gritty post-punk indie rock style, this quartet is high-energy, loud, impulsive, and exciting.  

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 4, 4:00 pm
LOCATION: River’s Edge Stage
TYPE: Live Music

LIVE MUSIC – ARTIST TBD

WHEN: August 4, 4:30 pm
LOCATION: South Ridge
TYPE: Live Music

LIVE MUSIC – REVELWOOD MISSION

WHEN: August 4, 5:00 pm
LOCATION: River Jam Stage
TYPE: Live Music
With a style that is raw and powerful yet intricately woven, RevelWood Mission delivers a soulful, driving sounds and musical tapestry that is rich with dynamic guitars, atmospheric keys, three-part harmonies, and a commanding rock’n’roll rhythm.  
Aug
8
Thu
HEDONISTAS
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hedonistas is a five-piece funk/pop/rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2018, they released their debut record, The Way Things Were, highlighted by Vulfpeck’s Cory Wong sitting in on their hit song On the Run. Their energetic performances have propelled them to several sold out shows in Georgia, as well as spots on festivals around the southeast.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, August 8
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
9
Fri
ALBERT CASTIGLIA
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Up All Night.” It’s an apt title for Albert Castiglia’s seventh album: nobody sleeps when this man is in town. After 27 years of house-rocking studio albums and smack-in-the-mouth live shows, the Florida bandleader is the acknowledged master of red-raw, sweat-and-hair blues that gives it to you straight. Now, the visceral riffs and bruised soul of Up All Night make everything else sound like a lullaby. “I’d describe the musical vibe of this new album,” says Castiglia simply, “as heavy.”

Being released October 6, 2017 on Ruf Records, Up All Night finds Castiglia in a creative swagger after last year’s acclaimed Big Dog. What wasn’t broke then hasn’t been fixed now, with the bluesman once again recording at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, and capturing a warts-and-all mix alongside producer Mike Zito. “I figured since the Big Dog session went so well there, why change studios?” he reasons. “I’ll probably record there for the rest of my life.”

Dockside might be home-turf, but any notion of a comfort zone was dispelled by an edgy new lineup who pushed their bandleader to the wire. “Putting my new band together was a pivotal moment and this recent incarnation has really upped my game,” says Castiglia. “My drummer, Brian Menendez, is very dynamic and gives me that extra spark. He’s along the lines of a Ginger Baker or Mitch Mitchell. Jimmy Pritchard is my bass player and he’s solid as a rock. His tone is fat and he’s right on time. When I hear him, I think of Bill Wyman or Calvin ‘Fuzz’ Jones. It’s a power trio with no boundaries or restrictions. It’s a pretty amazing sound to me and it’s reflective in Up All Night.”

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 9
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
10
Sat
SOL DRIVEN TRAIN
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbin’s paragraph. The band’s playful sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afro-Caribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile five-piece band based in Charleston, SC features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, keyboards, and percussion.  Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin’ roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the Jam and Americana music scene.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, August 10
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Belmont Abbey College Island
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
15
Thu
WILD ADRIATIC
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rooted in the rowdy spirit of rock & roll, Wild Adriatic has built an international audience on a combination of groove, grit, and guitar-heavy swagger. With the power trio’s newest album, Feel, bandmates Travis Gray, Rich Derbyshire, and Mateo Vosganian update the sound of their influences — from Seventies rock to Motown to soul — for a contemporary audience, taking influence from the past but never losing sight of the present. They aren’t revivalists; they’re modern men, carrying the torch of melodic, riff-ready, high-energy rock into new territory.

Whittled into sharp shape by a touring schedule that’s kept them busy for roughly 175 days a year — including two European tours, countless stateside runs, and appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo — Wild Adriatic’s three members recorded Feel in Austin, teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Frenchie Smith in the process. The goal was to shine a light on the band’s strength as a live act, avoiding click tracks, digital instruments, sampled sounds, and other tricks of the recording studio. Instead, Wild Adriatic focused on the same core ingredients — Gray’s guitar playing and soulful sweep of a voice; Vosganian’s percussive stomp; Derbyshire’s in-the-pocket bass — that helped kickstart the band in 2011, back when Wild Adriatic formed in Upstate New York.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, August 15
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
16
Fri
GUTHRIE BROWN
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Guthrie Brown a Nashville transplant by way of “old Montana” began playing the guitar at age six. By the age of seventeen, he journeyed to Nashville to pursue the dream of being a professional songwriter, recording & performing artist.

After settling in Music City, he recorded and produced his first self-titled EP, which got the attention of Nashville’s premiere independent radio station, WRLT Lightning 100. Capitalizing on the initial success of his debut EP, Guthrie recorded and released his second EP “Spirit of the Elk” with producer Stuart Mathis (The Wallflowers, Lucinda Williams). Following his second release, he recruited his longtime friends and musicians John Ogelby (drums), Will Honaker (bass, keys) and John McNally (guitar) to join the band. Their musical pairing has since been compared to something as strong and pure as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 16
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
17
Sat
MARADEEN
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

MARADEEN is an American rock band from Nashville, TN comprised of Whit Murray (guitar, vocals), Kaitlyn Connor (piano, vocals), Tom Galloway (guitar, vocals), & John Rodrigue (drums).

In 2014, founding members Murray and Connor fused their jazz and classical backgrounds with their affinity for high-energy electric rock, creating an undeniably unique sound and on-stage chemistry. In 2015, songwriter Tom Galloway moved to Nashville and began collaborating with the band. Murray and Galloway shared a musical history under the band, Mama’s Love, who had also shared the stage with Connor’s prog rock band, Afro. Berklee School of Music connected Murray with John Rodrigue, rounding out the lineup.

Their first LP, Mirage (2015), revealed well-versed musicianship and intricate sonic dynamics. Moon Taxi’s Wes Bailey took the production helm for MARADEEN’s second album, Above the Horizon (2016), and brought to life a sound that was more eclectic, more layered, and more refined all at the same time.

MARADEEN is currently on tour across the country with highly-acclaimed reception. They have shared the stage with acts like Bon Jovi, The Rhythm Devils, Todd Nance, Keller Williams, The Revivalists, Moon Taxi, Perpetual Groove, The Apache Relay, Bloodkin, and Colonel Bruce Hampton, to name a few. MARADEEN is poised as a rock band on the rise, breaking musical ground both in songwriting and in the live arena.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, August 17
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
22
Thu
TRAE PIERCE & THE T-STONES
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning bassist Trae Pierce is leading a wild new musical experience known as Trae Pierce & the T-Stones (TPTS). Defined by hard-edged funk and hip-hop mixed with rock and blues, TPTS has developed a high-energy live show with a modern feel that also recalls the unstoppable grooves of Bootsy Collins: they “wants to funk you up!” Trae is a world-class bassist and four-time Grammy Award- winner (with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama) who cut his bass chops as a member of The Ohio Players.

From his Florida home, this bass “monster” has hand-picked a vibrant young group of musicians with limitless energy and extreme talent, and together they’ve been tearing up dance floors throughout the Southeast with a genre-blending twist of funk-rock rhythms that bring out the best in every beat. After sharing the stage with funk powerhouses George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, The Revivalists, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and The Main Squeeze among others, TPTS is ready to take their party nationwide.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, August 22
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
23
Fri
THE FLOORBOARDS
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Floorboards are an American Roots Rock Ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The band marries rock & roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Jake and Rob shake the leaves from the trees. Chris coaxes stringed cries from the hills and hollers. Matt writes and sings the story.

The Floorboards released their second studio album, Borrowed Moon, on November 21, 2017. Borrowed Moon finds the Roanoke, VA based band delicately walking a line between singer/songwriter, Matt Browning’s, evocative lyrics and guitarist/songwriter, Chris Blankenship’s, tastefully blistering guitar work.

Since the Floorboards’ debut album in 2012, the years have gone by in a flash of Ford Econoline and rock ‘n’ roll. Borrowed Moon was given its first kick at life in 2013 with the band’s original lineup. Something with the music didn’t feel right, so they took to the road to figure it out. As the dust settled, the band experienced lineup changes, a few broken bones – and the songs that singer/songwriter Matt Browning penned with an acoustic guitar became their proud workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll music. Somewhere between Birmingham, Alabama and New York City, the band agreed a total change of scenery was needed to drive their next album forward.

Since forming in Roanoke, Virginia in 2012, The Floorboards have toured extensively throughout the East Coast, sharing stages with Dwight Yoakam, Trampled by Turtles, Darryl Scott, Tim O’Brien, Yarn, Los Colognes, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Will Overman, and many more.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 23
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
24
Sat
VOODOO VISIONARY
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailing from the Dirty South musical mecca of Atlanta, GA, Voodoo Visionary’s improvisational funk dance music balances a tight, grooving rhythm section with soulful organ, funky clavinet, singing synthesizers, masterful guitar licks, and moving vocals to create a sound the group calls psychofunk. Influenced by a wide array of artists from Parliament Funkadelic and the Meters to the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band to Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Voodoo Visionary has a uniquely blended sound that’s guaranteed to put the ‘oogie in yo boogie.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, August 24
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
29
Thu
MIDNIGHT NORTH
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In June of 2017 Midnight North released their third studio album: Under the Lights. On this full length record, Midnight North left it all on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, Under the Lights features their 11 best new tunes. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.

Immediately after their last studio release, 2015’s Scarlet Skies, Midnight North – fronted by lead songwriters Elliott Peck & Grahame Lesh with lush Hammond B3 organ, lead guitar, and harmony work from Alex Jordan and stomping bass lines from Connor O’Sullivan – began touring the country in earnest, visiting the East Coast and the Midwest for the first time in Summer 2015. The band wrote the majority of Under the Lights in the following months, and the lyrical road themes – the initial excitement, the longing for home, and the inherent need to keep moving – shine through.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, August 29
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
30
Fri
THE VOLTS
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Volts truly began in North Florida, where gospel and soul music lay as thick as the hot, humid air. Band leader Kevin Maines brings a youthful vibrancy to the classic southern R&B/Soul legacy. Kevin’s debut album, American Hustle, received praise for its creative writing, playing, and production, as well as the strong musical maturity rarely seen in debuts. From deep and dirty Duane Allman-esque slide guitar rockers to sweet gospel-inspired falsetto singing, Kevin Maines doesn’t just play in the southern soul traditions, he consumes and then gives them back bursting with his own unique twist. From gritty to ethereal, this music speaks for itself.

After taking a few years to write new material, Kevin put together his second band, The Volts, consisting of bass player Greg Jungbluth, drummer Joey Lanna and Kevin’s brother Derek Maines on keys along with a cast of other Florida musicians to record the follow up album Raiders On The Southern Wild. Kevin Maines and The Volts released their first album in June 2017. Fans of Funkadelic, Son House, Ray Charles, and Prince should take notice. Inspired by the never-ending creativity of D’angelo, this album moves past typical blues song formats and takes creative chances. After a year of steady touring, Kevin Maines and the Volts have shortened the band name to just The Volts. Some musicians dig deep into tradition, while others are endlessly creative risk-takers; every now and then someone comes along that does both. The Volts are those unique individuals.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 30
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Aug
31
Sat
THE CONTENDERS
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Contenders are an Americana Folk Roots duo of Jay Nash (9 albums, 10 EPs, 900 shows, 400,000 miles) and Josh Day (Sara Bareilles, John Oates, Brandi Clark, and Jennifer Nettles drummer) they have toured the US, opened for The Milk Carton Kids half a dozen times, played Americana Fest with Patti Griffin, played Merle Fest where Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers joined them onstage, toured Europe (Holland, Germany, and France) have released an EP ‘Meet The Contenders’ and released their debut Album ‘Laughing with the Reckless’ last year to critical acclaim.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, August 31
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Sep
5
Thu
WINSTON RAMBLE
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Based in Florence, AL, Winston Ramble describes their music as homegrown folk n’ roll.  With members originally hailing from the free state of Winston County, AL, the band aims to interject the raw expression of rock n’ roll into the feel good vibes of acoustic music.

“At the end of the day, we want people to have a good time when they hear our music.  We want it to make you smile, sing along, nod your head, stomp your feet, or get down and groove – and that’s because we feel that way about the music we play, and we love playing it.  That attitude and energy is contagious, and hard to resist.”

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, September 5
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Sep
6
Fri
CRANFORD HOLLOW
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

South Carolina’s Cranford Hollow has been on the road now for almost 4 years. They love every mile out on the road and every new person they get to share their music with. They now have three albums under their belt and are looking for westward expansion.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, September 6
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Sep
7
Sat
TELLICO
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

With vivid, original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and intelligent arrangements, Asheville, NC band Tellico creates an innovative sound that redefines what today’s Southern Appalachian music can be. Instead of modernizing tradition, Tellico takes it deeper, effortlessly weaving meaningful, imaginative songwriting with intelligent arrangements. There is no gimmick here, and yet, there is nothing tired or cliche. Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of tradition and an unmistakable sound.

At its core is the voice and guitar of Anya Hinkle. Her sound is rooted in the mountains of her home in southwestern Virginia, but seasoned by travels across the world and back. With arresting honesty, her singing and songwriting comes from the heart. The foil to Hinkle’s heartfelt singing and songwriting, can be found in fellow songwriter, vocalist, bass and harmonica player, Greg “Stig” Stiglets. Inspired from the stories and events of daily life, his attention to melody and groove help to further showcase the instrumental prowess of the band.

Both Aaron Ballance (dobro, lap steel, pedal steel) and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, electric guitar) hail from central North Carolina. The state itself provides its own conservatory for study, and its students learn from first generation roots music pioneers as well as serious students of the genre in the classrooms of jams, bands, and festivals. Obsessed with playing music going back to their teen years, Ballance and Willis are veteran players.

These four musicians deepen their awareness each year of the synergy among them while eyeing terrain that is yet uncovered. From their converged paths emerges a sound that has jelled over more than a decade of collaboration. Their freshman effort Relics and Roses was well-received, gathering accolades from tastemakers and earning them stage appearances at the country’s most prestigious festivals (MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Official Showcase Artist and World of Bluegrass-IBMA).

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, September 7
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Sep
12
Thu
YARN
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. “that’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction” singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, September 12
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
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