The Summer Concerts at the Jones House series continues Friday with performances by Josh Daniels and Mark Schimick and Shelby Rae Moore.
The free concert starts at 5:00 p.m. with Josh Daniels and Mark Schimick, a duo of acoustic musicians who play fiery string band music with guitar, mandolin, and harmony singing. The two blend bluegrass, soul, reggae, and rock n roll into a style uniquely their own. Respecting their Appalachian root, these passionate multi-instrumentalists have a way of blending their harmonies and intricate string work into something that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.
Schimick is no stranger to the Boone area, having lived in Watauga County for several years before moving to Asheville. Schimick play with Larry Keel for several years, in addition to lots of other local and regional groups. Daniels is based in Charlotte and is known for his fine songwriting and work with The New Familiars. The two first came together in a Nashville recording session with Hayes Carll and Parker Millsap. The two connected and soon found themselves helping open up the Earl Scruggs Museum in Shelby, alongside Sam Bush and Steep Canyon Rangers. They have since made their first recording, performed at Merlefest, and continue to dazzle audiences around the region.
Shelby Rae Moore hails from Caldwell County, where she has made a name for herself as a powerful and soulful singer. Shelby grew up in a musical family, and family gatherings were typically centered around music. Her uncles and cousins were interested in a wide array of musical styles, giving her opportunities to sing everything from blues, rock, country, bluegrass, and pop music. Today, her sets continue to celebrate this diverse and eclectic mix, featuring music from Jerry Reed to Bonnie Raitt to Etta James to Adele.
Shelby’s band includes two of her uncles, Chet and Brent Palmer, on guitars, and longtime family friend, Kurt Stracener on percussion. The group is busy playing festivals and events around the region this summer, including a lot of Blowing Rock and Lenoir shows.
“We are really excited to have both of these groups to the Jones House for the first time,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed. “I know our audiences are going to love Josh, Mark, and Shelby; they are all such soulful and musical people.”
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., and they are held rain or shine. 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.