While the Jones House gears up for a fall indoor house concert series, the popular outdoor Friday evening summer series winds down this Friday, Aug. 26 with a showcase of North Carolina songwriters, including Jay Brown, David Childers, Aaron Burdett, and The Worthless Son-In-Laws.
The Jones House series started in June and features free performances each week from the porch of the downtown Boone community center. Patrons bring chairs and blankets, filling the front lawn under the giant maple trees. The series features local and regional musicians from a diverse array of genres and styles.
“We are really excited to have so many talented acts coming to the porch to close out the 2016 series,” says concerts organizer, Mark Freed. “All of Friday’s acts feature songwriters – some of the best from the western and Piedmont regions of the state.”
The concert begins at 5:00 p.m. with Jay Brown, a longtime Boone resident and popular local musician, who has been based in Asheville for the past several years. Brown has already graced the porch this summer with his bands The Lazybirds and Swing Guitars.
“Jay is a really diverse musician and one of my favorite songwriters in the state,” Freed adds. “He is always bringing something new to the table, including another solo album, which he released earlier this year.”
David Childers is another veteran North Carolina songwriter, who has been writing and recording songs for decades. Born and raised in the North Carolina Piedmont, Childers is a lawyer and painter, but most well-known for his songs, which include “The Prettiest Thing” and “Johnny Got a Mohawk,” among many others. His Overmountain Men project, which includes Avett Brothers bass player, Bob Crawford, has helped propel Childers and his music even further.
Aaron Burdett, an Asheville-based songwriter, will follow Childers. This will be Burdett’s first appearance at the Jones House. A regional favorite, Burdett’s 2015 release Tinderbox was met with high praise from Americana and roots music fans.
“We are excited to have Burdett at the Jones House for the first time,” Freed says. “He has a lot of High Country fans.”
The evening will close with Boone’s Worthless Son-In-Laws, featuring the songwriting of guitar players Jimmy Davidson and Rob Brown. In addition to Davidson and Brown, the band features Rich Crepeau on bass and David Brewer on drums. The Alt-Indie-Rock style band formed in the High Country in 2004, releasing their debut album in 2007 and a well-received follow-up in 2013.
The Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket to sit under the giant maple trees in the front lawn of the community center. Performances take place every Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Jones House rain or shine. The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.
The 2016 Summer Concerts at the Jones House are produced by The Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department and sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, M-Prints, ECRS, Rosemary Horowitz, Melanie’s Food Fantasy, and Stick Boy Bread Company. For more information about the series or other community center programs, please visit the Jones House online atwww.joneshouse.org or call 828.268.6280.
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