The Willingham Theater presents the up and coming Progressive Folk Group, Fireside Collective, on January 26 for the 4th and final concert in the annual Sounds of the Mountains Concert Series
(YADKINVILLE, N.C.) — The Yakin Arts Council in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center close out their annual Sounds of the Mountains concert series with the group that is quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to American folk music, Fireside Collective along with Winston-Salem native band Blistered Hearts who are slated to open.
This concert will also feature Winston-Salem native Traditional Indie Folk group Blistered Hearts
Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. “Bluegrass, Newgrass, perhaps Progressive folk…” These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. “Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” While roots music lies at the core of the Collective’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental. Fireside Collective’s energetic live show is building a buzz across the Carolina’s as the band’s instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements engage audiences and gain new fans.
Blistered Hearts combines classical music with the mountain sounds of the Southern Appalachians. Erika Frazier’s sweet vocals, combined with RJ Wohlmans alluring fiddle and mandolin playing, and Travis Creed’s salt of the earth songs and instrumentation come together to create a sound that walks the balances both traditional and contemporary.
For tickets and more information, visit www.yadkinarts.org or call 336-679-2941.
Fireside Collective + Blistered Hearts
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26
Where: Willingham Theater, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
Tickets: $25 per show
**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 2019 and is in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.**
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.
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 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 about the Blue Ridge Music Center, visit BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org.