Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder and multi-instrumentalist, Dom Flemons takes the Willingham Theater stage on January 5 along with opening act, Big Ron Hunter, to open the fourth annual Sounds of the Mountains Concert Series
(YADKINVILLE, N.C.) — The Yadkin Arts Council, in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center, are excited to kick off the fourth annual 2019 Sounds of the Mountain series with Grammy Award Winner Dom Flemons. Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. He is a music scholar, historian, record collector, and a multi-instrumentalist. Flemons is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones.
This concert also features a pre-show opening reception at 5pm for the current Welborn Gallery exhibit “We are the Music Makers! Preserving the Soul of America’s Music” by the Music Makers Relief Foundation, which is free and open to the public.
Flemons rise to fame started in 2005 when his co-founded group, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. Since winning a Grammy, Flemons has shared the stage with other Grammy Award Winning musicians, such as, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis, and performed with influential traditional music masters like Joe Thompson and Boo Hanks. He has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, at some of America’s most renowned festivals like National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Newport Folk Festival, and for the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. In 2017, Flemons was featured on David Holt’s State of Music on PBS and performed as bluesman Joe Hill Louis on CMT’s original hit television show Sun Records. Among many other accomplishments, in 2014, he released a critically acclaimed solo album Prospect Hill through Music Maker Relief Foundation where Flemons serves as a member and board member.
Big Ron Hunter, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has a gift for singing and playing guitar that was passed down and nurtured by his father. He also received tutelage from the late blues great Guitar Gabriel. A workingman who has spent most of his life playing and singing primarily for his own satisfaction, Hunter is now known as the world’s happiest bluesman. Supported by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Hunter has performed in Belgium, the Lincoln Center in New York, and festivals across the United States. His latest album, The Great Unknown, showcases his pure, raw musical gift.
For tickets and more information, visit www.yadkinarts.org or call 336-679-2941.
Dom Flemons + Big Ron Hunter
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 5
Where: Willingham Theater, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
Tickets: $25 per show, $65 three-show pass, or $80 four-show pass
**This series is running in conjunction with our current Welborn Gallery exhibit, We Are the Music Makers! Preserving the Soul of America’s Music. This exhibit that supports the Music Makers Relief Foundation will be on display through February 26, 2019 and is in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.**
About the Blue Ridge Music Center
Operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, celebrates the music and musicians of the mountains. The visitor center and museum are open May through October and admission is free. The site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which still thrives in the region. Concerts are also presented off-site throughout the year in partnership with other organizations. For more information, visit BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org
About the Willingham Theater
The Willingham Theater hosted its first performance in December 2012, just two short years after the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened its doors to the citizens of Yadkin County. While many might dismiss the power of a small city theater, we like to prove that we can indeed bring the big city excitement and experience to our small town. Our state-of-the-art theater seats 193 patrons and showcases a variety of engaging performances ranging from music, dance, drama, comedy, and even film. In addition to ample seating, the Willingham Theater has a remarkable state-of-the-art-technology. The Willingham Theater is owned and operated by the Yadkin Arts Council.
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council and Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Yadkin County citizens through the arts. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios. The Yadkin Arts Council website at yadkinarts.org provides up-to-date information about existing and upcoming exhibits, events and programs and offers forms and rules for artists wishing to submit artwork for future exhibits and juried shows.