Dec
3
5:00 pm17:00

Rishi Salon & Spa Holiday Open House

The holidays are here! Invite your friends and family and celebrate with Rishi Salon & Spa at their Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 3rd at 5:00PM! This wonderful event will benefit Chapel Hill's HomeStart Residential Facility for Homeless Women and Children. Please visit the following website to learn more about their mission. http://www.ifcweb.org/services/homestart

We hope you will join Rishi Salon & Spa as they hope to make a difference in the lives of others this holiday season. 
http://www.rishisalonandspa.com/

 

The Biggest Carolina-Duke Party Ever
Nov
10
4:30 pm16:30

The Biggest Carolina-Duke Party Ever

  • Southern Village Green

Town Hall Grill and the Southern Village Market Street are excited to invite you to the first ever UNC v Duke pre-game and watch party event! 

To kick off the night, Town Hall Grill is offering drink and food specials while WCHL's Ron Stutts broadcasts live from 4:30-6:30. Such an exciting way to celebrate what is known as the "The Biggest Carolina-Duke Party Ever!" Those in attendance will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for 4 tickets to the game THAT NIGHT! Those lucky winners will immediately be shuttled off to the UNC v Duke game in Durham at Wallace Wade Stadium for a night of exciting football rivalry! Thank you Town Hall Grill and Ron Stutts for what is sure to be an exciting pre-game-party! 

 

Food Truck Rodeo - Music by The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra
Sep
18
6:00 pm18:00

Food Truck Rodeo - Music by The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

Way back when….

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra originated as the “Community Jazz Ensemble” in 1990 when Gregg Gelb was a Visiting Artist at Central Carolina Community College. His love of jazz music and the opportunity to share it with others was an exciting venture of the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department. The group began June 11, 1990 and met weekly at the Lee county Arts & Community Center in Sanford, NC. The orchestra’s first public concert was held there October 11, 1990. The merry band of original players included (on saxophone) Sister Blaise Semple, Carolyn Poplin, Bob Bennett, Marty Foster, Bill Fritz, Gregg Gelb, and (on trumpet) Don Pike, Paul Irvine, Sam Tinsley, Tim Mercer, and (on trombone) Frank Burgoyne, Olin Sluss, Don Wazenegger, Jerry Johnson, and (in the rhythm section) Bill Falconer on Piano, Reinette Seaman on bass, John Brookes on Drums, Kenneth Graham on congas, and Marian Carlsen on guitar. Don Nedza was the vocalist.

In September 1994, the Jazz Society was granted tax-exempt status 501(c)(3).

Where we are now….

Since 1990, the Orchestra has played for thousands of jazz enthusiasts around North Carolina at schools, artscenters, festivals, dances, and more. More than 35 guest artists have performed at the Jazz Society’s Temple Theatre series in Sanford. In 2002, the orchestra’s book has over 240 tunes (and growing). The book includes a carefully considered repertoire of pieces that reflect a wide range of Big Band Jazz styles and arrangements. Included are classics such as Two O’clock Jump, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and Frenesi, as well as many ballads such as The Nearness of You, Imagination, and September Song. That’s a far cry from the 10 or so tunes in the book at our first Fearrington Fall Fling where we had to play pieces twice and some thrice to fill the time!

Weekly rehearsals have been held all over the Triangle area, including the Jordan Hall Artscenter and Glen Air retirement community in Cary, the Senior Center in Pittsboro, Grace’s Little Italy Restaurant in Sanford, and the First Presbyterian Church in Sanford. We are grateful to all of them for the opportunity to rehearse in their facilties. We are also grateful for our volunteer players and our Corporate Sponsors, Friends, Backers, Benefactors, and Patrons for their continued support. The Society also currently receives grant support from the Lee County Arts Council, the Herman Goldman Foundation in New York City, and is a continuing recipient of funding from the North Carolina Arts Council.

If you wish to hear the orchestra or have them play for your function, please email our webmaster or refer to our performance and rehearsal schedules. If you wish to support our mission, please join the society today.

Sep
11
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts of the Old North State

The new CD "Corolla Ponies In The Snow" is now available for download at iTunes, Amazon & CD Baby. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffersonhart CDs available at upcoming shows & from selected Durham. Chapel Hill and Raleigh NC record stores. CD release party is June 27 at Cat's Cradle Back Room at 8pm. 3 of Jeff's earlier cds are finally on iTunes and Amazon, ie. 2011's "Ghosts of the Old North State", 1990's "The Singles 1961 - 1990" and 1995's "Glances From A Nervous Groom".

“ His prize possession is a guitar signed by over a dozen of his heroes including Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Robert Earl Keen, and Matthew Sweet - with a combination of that foursome providing a decent description of Hart's sound ... and from a Byrds-eye view, the pre-Clarence White Byrds. ” - Rick Cornell - No Depression

“I challenge anyone to find a better in-the-wee-hours song than the exceptional 'From Now On' with such lines as "Colder than the backside of your pillowcase". Lesser artists have made careers of such songs. ” - Record Exchange Monitor

Sep
4
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Better Off Dead

A love of the music,philosophy and spirit of the Grateful Dead was the basis of the formation of the band in 2008. We have had changes in the line up ever since we began but believe our current roster is the best since we started.

Whitney Pearsall, our lead vocalist, is one of the original members of the band. Music has been a huge part of her life. She was an entertainer at a very early age. She has been the featured vocalist in bands in Maryland and North Carolina.

Rich Saltz, one of our guitar players, is also one of the original members of the band. He draws on his love of the music of the Grateful Dead, having seen over 150 shows. Jerry Garcia's influence is easily evidenced in his playing style.

Jonas McAlarney is a seasoned player who has appeared in many bands in North Carolina. He was formerly a member of They're Only Mostly Dead. His talent adds to the intricate mix and sound that the band produces.

Brant Kay plays keyboards and shares the lead vocal responsibilities. He is also an accomplished guitar player. He has played in bands in Virginia, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina. He grew up with the music of the Grateful Dead in his family and it continues to be a vital part of his being.

Lars Hartmann is in his second tour with the band. He has been involved in many projects in the Triangle. He brings a sense of spirit and reckless abandon to the mix. To say it simply, he is a MONSTER behind the kit.

Chris O'Hara is on his second tour with the band. The are no holds barred when he is playing. He has been a member of a number of bands in North Carolina.

The bands goal is not to present note by note recreations of what the Grateful Dead produced but to pay homage to the music that has affected us deeply.

Aug
28
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Swift Creek

Swift Creek’s name pays tribute to the origins of this Americana/Bluegrass band, formed six years ago in Central NC near meandering Swift Creek. Their highly original songs feature strong traditional and progressive bluegrass influences, a touch of country and a healthy dose of folk.  Driving guitar and bass support the band’s signature three-part harmony singing, punctuated with impressive mandolin, fiddle and banjo solos. 

The lineup is Kevin Brown, whose strong tenor leads, rhythm guitar and songwriting frame the band’s sound; Casey Elder, expertly playing the mandolin and dobro; award-winning fiddler Stephen Fraleigh, also playing the banjo; bassist Dennis Hoyle setting the beat; and vocalist Ann Searcy, adding bluesy leads and spot-on harmony singing.
 
Swift Creek’s debut CD “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” was produced at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC and released in August 2012. Tracks from the CD have been featured on radio, including WQDR’s “Pinecone Bluegrass” show and WUNC’s “Back Porch Music.”   

“Magnolia,” the band’s sophomore album was released on April 8, 2016. Brown’s songwriting is prominently featured on the new tracks which have a unique Southern vibe. 

Swift Creek reached the 100-show milestone recently, with performances at many well-known area venues. 

Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Thursday Music: The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

Way back when….

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra originated as the “Community Jazz Ensemble” in 1990 when Gregg Gelb was a Visiting Artist at Central Carolina Community College. His love of jazz music and the opportunity to share it with others was an exciting venture of the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department. The group began June 11, 1990 and met weekly at the Lee county Arts & Community Center in Sanford, NC. The orchestra’s first public concert was held there October 11, 1990. The merry band of original players included (on saxophone) Sister Blaise Semple, Carolyn Poplin, Bob Bennett, Marty Foster, Bill Fritz, Gregg Gelb, and (on trumpet) Don Pike, Paul Irvine, Sam Tinsley, Tim Mercer, and (on trombone) Frank Burgoyne, Olin Sluss, Don Wazenegger, Jerry Johnson, and (in the rhythm section) Bill Falconer on Piano, Reinette Seaman on bass, John Brookes on Drums, Kenneth Graham on congas, and Marian Carlsen on guitar. Don Nedza was the vocalist.

In September 1994, the Jazz Society was granted tax-exempt status 501(c)(3).

Where we are now….

Since 1990, the Orchestra has played for thousands of jazz enthusiasts around North Carolina at schools, artscenters, festivals, dances, and more. More than 35 guest artists have performed at the Jazz Society’s Temple Theatre series in Sanford. In 2002, the orchestra’s book has over 240 tunes (and growing). The book includes a carefully considered repertoire of pieces that reflect a wide range of Big Band Jazz styles and arrangements. Included are classics such as Two O’clock Jump, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and Frenesi, as well as many ballads such as The Nearness of You, Imagination, and September Song. That’s a far cry from the 10 or so tunes in the book at our first Fearrington Fall Fling where we had to play pieces twice and some thrice to fill the time!

Weekly rehearsals have been held all over the Triangle area, including the Jordan Hall Artscenter and Glen Air retirement community in Cary, the Senior Center in Pittsboro, Grace’s Little Italy Restaurant in Sanford, and the First Presbyterian Church in Sanford. We are grateful to all of them for the opportunity to rehearse in their facilties. We are also grateful for our volunteer players and our Corporate Sponsors, Friends, Backers, Benefactors, and Patrons for their continued support. The Society also currently receives grant support from the Lee County Arts Council, the Herman Goldman Foundation in New York City, and is a continuing recipient of funding from the North Carolina Arts Council.

If you wish to hear the orchestra or have them play for your function, please email our webmaster or refer to our performance and rehearsal schedules. If you wish to support our mission, please join the society today.

Aug
21
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Wyatt Easterling

Growing up in Chapel Hill, NC, Easterling released his debut album, Both Sides of the Shore, on Moonlight Records (Warner Bros.) in 1981. With his album tucked under his arm, he moved to Nashville. While looking for another record deal, he wrote for various song publishers until 1990 when he became head of A&R for Atlantic Records Nashville. 

That same year, he wrote and sang on This Time I'm Takin' My Time for Neal McCoy's album, At This Moment.   This collaboration launched more than 2 decades of gold and platinum winning releases with Easterling acting as songwriter, producer, and/or session player. Wyatt's partnership with Miles Copeland (The Police & Sting) Bugle Publishing Group and Firstars Management occupied him in the late '90s and early 2000s.

Wyatt's next step was to work on his own writing with songs like his title track for Dierks Bentley's chart-topping, million-selling album, Modern Day Drifter, followed by his own critically acclaimed album Where This River Goes released on High Horse Records on May 4, 2009.

"In Nashville, there's nothing a songwriter likes better than a co-writer with a broken heart." A quote Easterling laughingly coined. "You can really mine that for great stuff. That said, I had been going through some major life changes myself and had my own stuff to mine. In the process of writing songs I discovered, for the umpteenth time, that life is about facing change and embracing it.” With that as a backdrop, Wyatt’s 2014 release, Goodbye-Hello was launched.

“As my 2014 album began to come into focus - it dawned on me that I'd been writing songs about my own transitions - some good moves like kicking the smokes and the booze, some happy times and some sad goodbyes,… songs about people coming and going, songs about living and one or two about dying." The songs and performances on Goodbye-Hello are rich with wisdom, acceptance and optimism. "I must say it's the most personal album I've recorded to date." 

Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

Thursday Music: John Westmoreland

A native North Carolinian with deep roots in the blues, John Westmoreland is a multidimensional musician. He studied jazz and classical composition at Berklee College of Music where he was also a recipient of the BEST scholarship. His teachers have been some of the foremost in the nation, including: Scott Sawyer of Raleigh NC, Jon Damian inventor of the Rubber Tellie and author of “The Guitarists Guide to Composing and Improvising,” and most recently he had the opportunity to study with the world renowned Malian virtuoso Djelimady Tounkara. He’s also attended a number of master classes including a workshop and performance with legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall.


In 2011 He started collaborating with Senegalese griot Diali Cissokho who introduced him to the rich, captivating music of West Africa. It wasn’t long before they were playing together in the NC based band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, and also performing together as a duo exploring the beautiful soundscapes of guitar and kora. As a solo artist he plays his own dynamic, and sensitive interpretations— interweaving jazz standards, African traditional music, Blues, Bach, the American Songbook, as well as his own original compositions.


Always looking for new and interesting directions to take his craft, he also provides improvisational accompaniment for yoga classes, and is currently exploring other ways that music can facilitate healing and personal growth.

Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Mahalo Jazz

MahaloJazz is a flexible musical group offering not-so-straight-ahead ensemble music - jazz, bopHop! and otherwise. Our jazz, whether we're smokin' or driftin', is inspired by the likes of songsters George Gershwin and Cole Porter and innovators Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. We can also present this music in our unique bopHop! fashion (dance-til-you-drop bebop and more). Otherwise includes music outside and in between, including R&B, reggae, pop, bossa, and our completely spontaneous conversations. We have huge fun playing it all...

Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

Thursday Music: Lester Fricks

Lest Fricks was formed in the summer of 2010 when two of our founding members, Glen Stewart (guitar / vocals) and Tony Matthews (mando/fiddle/vocals), both wanted to be better musicians and decided that forming a band was the way to do it. The group came together surprisingly fast: Heather Henry (guitar/fiddle/banjo/harmonica/vocals), Lilianne Smith (fiddle/vocals), and Jan Pulley (bass/vocals) soon joined in. When Heather left to help form a new group called Nash St. Ramblers with Sandra Herring, Sandra stepped in to fill the void when she’s not playing with Up Cane Creek, delighting us with her “Lego” banjo licks and vocals. Tony moved on to multiple pastures, namely Three Jack Jenny, the Blue Tailed Skinks and more, so Jim Prichard saved our necks by diving in with his vocals (lead and harmony) and his brilliant mando stylings

Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: David Dyer and the Crooked Smile Band

David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band are a superbly talented group of veteran musicians from several of North Carolina’s finest bands. The Crooked Smile Band has been crafting their own brand of roots-inspired alt Country since 1999 and have released 3 independent albums to date. The boys are now out supporting their latest effort, “Taproot”, a gospel-inspired collection of original tunes.

Jul
31
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Idlewild South

IDLEWILD SOUTH, The Allman Brothers Band Tribute, was co-founded by keyboardist and vocalist Don Eason, a veteran musician whose initial influence of The Allman Brothers Band's live performance goes back to his first concert experience of the band on Easter Weekend of 1970, at The Winter's End Concert in Bithlo, Florida.


A duo of drummers, (including co-founder) Robert Kintner, and John Flowers, provides the foundation with bassist Tim Smith rounding out the rhythm section. Slide Guitarist Dave George and Lead Guitarist/ Vocalist Pete Waggoner bring forth the dual guitar harmonies and searing guitar leads Duane Allman and Dickie Betts pioneered in the late
1960's.

Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

Thursday Music: Eric Meyer

I have always been moved to create. This led me to immerse myself in numerous endeavors including photography, theater, computer programming, and music. I played guitar in high school but took what ended up being a 20-year hiatus. In 2008, inspired by listening to local musicians, I decided that I wanted to play music again. I studied guitar with Jon Shain and Kevin Van Sant, but my journey into bass began almost by accident. I was playing guitar at a blues jam in 2011, and the bass player had to leave early. I said, “I know nothing about playing bass, but I will give it a try.” Playing bass felt very intuitive to me. In 2012, I bought an upright bass and began lessons with Robbie Link.

For me playing music is about collaboration - both with other musicians and with an audience. I welcome opportunities for collaboration, and enjoy playing a wide variety of genres of music.

Jul
24
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music: Beers and Hymns with Jesse DeConto

Pulled from article in the News & Observer


Join us on the Southern Village Green on July 24 at 6:00 pm for Beer & Hymns on the Green. We'll have a great band leading songs of natural beauty in the great outdoors! There'll be hymns like "How Great Thou Art," "In the Garden" and "All Creatures of Our God & King," along with pop hits like "Dear Prudence," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Thanks to our sponsors at Christ UMC and Carolina Brewery, the event is free, and your donations will go to support Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation (http://supercooperswagon.org), a nonprofit serving kids and families fighting cancer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, dinner, and/or some cash for food & drink. Carolina Brewery will be pouring on the Green, and Southern Village restaurants are happy to serve!

Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

Thursday Music: Wes Collins

"I picked up the guitar when I was seventeen, and worked at it for ten years or so playing covers. Around my thirtieth birthday I parked the Takamine under the bed and got a straight job as a buyer for a retail music chain. I dug the guitar back out in 2000 and got back at it, but I hit my forties before writing my first song, mainly because I was scared to write bad ones."