The opening of the 2017 Jones House Summer Concerts series and the June First Friday Art Crawl help kick the High Country into the season Friday, June 2, starting at 5:00 p.m. with performances by Time Sawyer and Sirius B.
“We are really excited to start another season of outdoor concerts at the Jones House,” says concerts organizer, Mark Freed. “The Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department has worked hard to put together a schedule packed with really good local and regional music of all kinds of styles, and we kick off this year with two new performers to the series.”
The series starts with Time Sawyer, a folk rock band based in the Elkin area, who are no strangers to Boone and the High Country. Banjo player Houston Norris, spent a lot of childhood time at his grandparents home in Watauga County, and the band have been regular performers at local venues. In fact, they play the Boone Saloon later on Fridaynight.
Time Sawyer is known for blending folk and rock styles and sentiments to create a sound that has been compared to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. Drummer Clay Stirewalt and guitarist Kurt Layell helped start the group, and Norris and Sam Tayloe joined while they were all attending UNC Charlotte. The quartet recorded five albums together before Stirewalt and Layell left the group. Today, Tayloe and Norris front the band, joined by regional musical friends.
Sirius B. will follow Time Sawyer, bringing their unique “Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk” blend to the porch for the first time.
“The band has been gaining a lot of attention in their home turf of Asheville, and we are really excited to give them a stage to help pave the way for more Sirius B. in Boone,” Freed says.
Sirius B. brings an eclectic mix of cello, accordion, violin, marching band and African percussion, charango, flamenco guitar, banjo, melodica, singing, and more. The band was voted the “#1 Favorite Local Band” four years in a row in the Mountain XPress readers poll, and they guarantee to bring the finest absurdist-gypsy-folk-funk-punk music you have heard in years. They have been described as a three-ring circus on stage with lyrical styles that range from quirky to the absurd. Sirius B. is sure to entertain with their blend of folk songs and styles from around the world and their own original songs with both upbeat and serious messages.
“It is going to be a festive day and night at the Jones House,” Freed adds. “We have a lunch-and-learn about the forthcoming Mountain Minor film, a new gallery exhibit by artist Dawn Wicklow to celebrate with the downtown Art Crawl, and two exciting bands on the porch to add to a celebratory evening.”
The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free and open to the public. Concerts are held every Friday in June, July, and August, starting at 5:00 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the music from the Jones House lawn. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the Jones House property, if patrons are of legal age and bring their own beverages. No open containers are allowed beyond the Jones House property. Friendly pets are permitted on leash.
The 2017 Summer Concerts at the Jones House sponsors include the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, MPrints, Melanie’s, Stick Boy Bread Co, Rosemary Horowitz, and Burton Moomaw Acupuncture.
For more information about the series, including a complete schedule, please visit www.joneshouse.org or call 828.268.6280.