Funk and Fellowship

The Heritage tear up the stage every Wednesday night at Ziggy’s Tavern. The funk/ roots band forged in the summer of 2011 by three Winston-Salem musicians, originally consisted of Andrew Lazare, Cass Copsey, and Marshall Bjorling.

Since then, the band has had multiple incarnations, and one unifying mentality – a passion for live music and a desire to replicate what great artists have done for them and for the listener.

The Heritage currently consists of: Andrew Lazare – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals; Cass Copsey – Electric Guitar; Marshall Bjorling – Drums/Percussion; Court Wynter – Bass; Michael Kinchen – Saxophone; Sean Grogan – FOH Engineer.

In their brief history, The Heritage has made their fair share of noise cranking out their unique spin off funk and rock all over the southeast. Self described as a unique mix of classic funk, roots, and rock n’ roll…sprinkled with a modern groove based, high energy execution, the live experience served up by The Heritage is an intimate and exciting exchange of energy between listener and performer.

The Heritage released their first full-length record, recorded at the esteemed Fideletorium Recording Studio, Nov. 1, 2013. The band is now focusing on new material and moving forward with bigger and better shows all across the buzzing southeast music scene.

For more info, check out their Facebook page or website at

You can also follow their Instagram account @theheritagemusic. !

Carolina Coalmine

Local artists Carolina Coalmine will perform at Wildfire Music Festival June 14 From vacation in Key West, Fla., Carolina Coalmine lead singer Katie Williamson describes the seven-piece Greensboro band’s music as “Funk, Rock with a Country side.”

The band will play a 30-minute set at the June 14 Wildfire Music Festival at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro.

“This will be our biggest show to date,” said Williamson, who was enjoying a family vacation and will return to Greensboro the day before the big show. “Opening for Vince Gill will be very exciting.”

The Wildfire Music Festival is presented by the I’ll Fly Away Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through music.

This year’s festival will feature headliners The Time Jumpers featuring Multi-Grammy Award winner and Country legend Vince Gill, along with Ranger Doug, Dawn Sears & Kenny Sears. The festival also features The Greencards, The Gibson Brothers, bluegrass artists Sierra Hull, Alaska & Madi and The Radials.

From the band’s Facebook page “About” section they say: “Carolina Coalmine never fails to rock the house every time they step on stage. Whether it’s the college crowd, hard workin’ rednecks, five people or 5,000, when Katie Williamson belts out that first note, the crowd goes wild! This extremely talented North Carolina-based band delivers a range of “sounds from the south” scoping from folk-blues, southern rock, and today’s radio country hits.

Carolina Coalmine engages each person in the crowd guaranteeing that whatever may have started them as a simple listener has now turned them into a full fledged fan!

Carolina Coalmine is a collection of alter egos from the musical world bringing a style of their own to the country genre. The ensemble features “the lovely” Katie Williamson on lead vocals, Brandon Clendenin on bass and backing vocals, and Craig Williamson on guitar and backing vocals. The band also includes an additional family of musicians that complete the group’s explosive sound with Greg Henderson on drums, David Thurlow on piano/organ, supporting guitarist Jeremy Haire, and Jordan Habour on dobro/acoustic guitar/banjo. Even though Carolina Coalmine was created in 2013, the band members have been great friends and have played music together for many years. That experience and cohesiveness is evident in every note they play and in every performance they give on stage. In Sept. 2013, Carolina Coalmine began their highly anticipated introductory EP, produced by Sid Menon, who has also produced for Ross Coppley and A Kiss For Jersey. Carolina Coalmine is currently booking shows throughout the southern states in support of the new EP. With a high energy live show that is carefully crafted to coincide with their musical arrangements, Carolina Coalmine wants the audience to simply have fun; carrying them from a slow and bluesy groove to working the crowd into a full blown party. Carolina Coalmine is sure to light up the east coast as the next big act developing a loyal following of diehard fans – “The Coalminers.” !