1) Valentine’s Concert Cancelled
The Feb. 14 Valentine concert with guitarist Welson Tremura, Todd Wright and friends at Appalachian State University has been cancelled.
2) Feb. 22 Cash Mob: Blowing Rock Produce and Provisions and Mi Carreta Mexican Restaurant
The February Watauga Cash Mob will visit Blowing Rock Produce & Provisions at 8100 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock and then have lunch at the nearby Mi Carreta Mexican Grille at 8146 Valley Blvd in Blowing Rock. The Watauga County Cash Mob is an organized infusion of economic stimulus into local businesses. The “mob” will meet at Blowing Rock Produce & Provisions at 11 a.m. on the Feb. 22. with lunch to follow at noon. Blowing Rock Produce & Provisions was created with “the vision of linking our local food producers and local artisans with the greater community and providing a space to educate and distribute goods that enhances the local food movement, promotes ideas of sustainability, educates the health-conscious consumers and promotes the intricate web of food with the interchange of ideas and products within the community.”Mi Carreta, which means “my cart” in Spanish opened in 2012 and gets high marks for freshness, daily specials including vegetarian dishes and authentic dishes like Tacos Mexicanos.
3) Saxophonist Jeff Coffin Performs Feb. 22 at Appalachian
Saxophnist Jeff Coffin joins Todd Wright and Jazz Ensemble I for a performance Feb. 22. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Coffin began touring with Dave Matthews Band and officially joined the group in 2009. When not on the road with Dave Matthews Band, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet and works around the country presenting music clinics. Compositions performed by the Jazz Ensemble during the first part of the program are “Wind Machine” by Sammy Nestico, “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, “Alfie” by Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis, featuring trumpeter James Stokes and “The Kid from Redbank,” by Neal Hefti. During the second half of the program, Coffin will perform his own compositions with the jazz ensemble, selecting from the following: “Espoo You,” “Fruitcake,” “Move Your Rug,” “Sweet Magnolias,” “Tall and Lanky” and “Wobble.”
4) Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Perform Feb. 20
Expect a rousing evening when the Appalachian Symphonic Band and the Appalachian Wind Ensemble perform Feb. 20 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. The Symphonic Band opens the evening with “Circus Overture” by William Schuman, who wrote “The opening is a grandoise orchestral version of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ – this is the barket attracting attention to his side show.” The band will also perform “Mock Morris” by Percy Grainger, “Escapades” by John Williams, “A Childhood Remembered” by Rossano Galante and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” by Karl King. Dr. Kevin Gray Richardson is the conductor and Brooke Humfield and Justin Hensley are the graduate conductors. Saxophonist Scott Kallestad will be featured soloists on “Escapades.” The Wind Ensemble will be directed by Dr. John Stanley Ross and Richardson. The program is comprised of “Prelude, Fague and Riffs” by Leonard Bernstein featuring clarinetist Oran Dickens, “Chester Overture,” by William Schuman, “Trauersinfonie” by Richard Wagner, “Aegean Festival Overture” by Andreas Makris, “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” featuring tenor John Fowler, “Action Front March” by H. L. Blankenburg and “March” from “Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith.