January is always this month of new beginnings, reflections and predictions. With echoes of Auld Lang Syne still ringing in our ears, we remember the good (try to forget the bad), promise to do better, and speculate on the future.
As I compiled which musicians play where in Hendo this weekend, my mind returned to the live musical events I attended last year. I continued to personally introduce myself to as many artists as I could, and I remembered how welcoming and grateful they were. It is always good to put a face with the signature. At the same time, I was in the throes of pandemic thoughts that for the second year played Russian roulette with concert reservations and performance times. Most of the time I was wondering how 2022 would go for live music in Hendersonville.
I am not an oracle, but I know knowledgeable people, whose experience and perseverance I respect. Basically, I had two questions: “What are you planning for live music in Hendersonville?” and “What is your musical future?” I asked two of the area’s best-known musicians and one of the area’s most prolific live music providers: Josh Dunkin, Eric Congdon and Trey Singleton, general manager of Oklawaha Brewing Co. me to share their answers.
Josh: “My prediction for the WNC live music scene is that it will not only survive, it will thrive. We will rise up. We will deliver. And we will continue. As Bob Dylan said,“ Time goes by slowly. when you are lost in a dream. “We will see many new artists emerging in our area. The pandemic has turned the game upside down and brought a plethora of people to our small town. They will add variety to the texture of our music community. These new artists will be blown away by the enthusiastic welcome they receive in this great little musical paradise where we all live.
“2022 will be a creative milestone for me. I will be releasing two albums of original material. The first will be an upbeat solo album that I call “Pop & Roll”. The Gathering Dark, my band with Steve Durose, will be releasing their debut album called “HVL NC, USA”. The album consists of original songs based on real and imagined life and history in Henderson County.
The Gathering Dark will play their first live concert of 2020 this Saturday afternoon at Appalachian Ridge.
Eric: “I think the outlook is great. Hendersonville, for me, has become the musical capital of WNC. If you can’t find a job here, maybe consider a new career? With the incredible abundance of venues, especially outdoor venues, Hendersonville will continue to have a thriving and vibrant music scene.
“Personally, I’m looking forward to another great year. I am currently involved in a number of rewarding projects. LazrLuvr, PEZ, playing with Hope Griffin, but I have new lineups and things to come in 2022. I have a new CD coming up called “Roadside Attraction” another collection of all original material, my seventh now . Hoping to see more smiles and spread more happiness and joy through the universal power of music. I am truly blessed to play music for the big music fans here, they are the best.
Eric will perform twice this weekend. Watch him solo at Burntshirt on Saturday afternoon, and his latest project – Circuitluvr – will debut on Saturday night in Oklawaha.
Trey: “I believe the Hendersonville music scene is thriving. We are fortunate to have an abundance of truly talented musicians in the area. It really is a community in every sense of the word. Everyone knows each other and there are a lot of collaborations that lead to amazing music. I lived on Haight Street in San Francisco for two years and would say our community of musicians in Hendersonville is just as good, if not better, than what I have experienced in the Bay Area. We are also very fortunate to have the Henderson County Arts Council!
“Oklawaha will continue to support local musicians and live music in 2022. Owner / Head Brewer Joe Dinan does an incredible job booking music and has built a ton of relationships that will continue to bring the best musicians to Oklawaha. I think you can ask any artist in Henderson / Buncombe County (and beyond) and they’ll tell you Oklawaha is one of their favorite places to perform. We see ourselves as a big part of the West North Carolina music scene and would like to expand our footprint to other areas. We currently have a few numbers booked in upstate South Carolina and are constantly receiving calls and emails from national / regional tours who wish to book with us.
Oklawaha will have live music Thursday (High Sierra), Friday (Blue Ridge Pistols) and Saturday night (Circuitluvr).
I don’t know about you, but I feel a little more optimistic and a little more grateful. Live music in Hendersonville is alive and well. Rock in 2022!
Appalachian Ridge Craft Hard Cider
749 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville
Saturday January 15, 3 pm-6pm, The Gathering Dark, Josh Dunkin and Steve DuRose, singers, songwriters, “When they join forces, darkness comes together and beauty abounds”
Sunday January 16, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., The Baggage Brothers, acoustic duo, Scott Moss and Derek McCoy, singers, guitarists
Bold rock cider
72 School House Road, Mills River
Friday January 14, 6-9 p.m., Ken and Nicole, two friends sing and play guitar and ukulele, covers, rock, pop, country, folk, Americana
Saturday January 15, 5 p.m., Iggy Radio, “self-proclaimed magician of the loop”
Sunday January 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Myron Hyman, lead singer and guitarist, rock, rock, country, folk, Americana
Scorched Shirt Vineyards
2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville
Friday January 14, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Denis Coleman, solo singer with a guitar, playing soft music, classic rock, country, eclectic
Saturday January 15, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Eric Congdon, worldly music by the extraordinary guitarist of WNC
D9 Hendersonville Brewery
425 N. Main St, Hendersonville
Friday Jan. 14, 7-10 p.m., Hope Griffin, WNC singer with guitar
Friday January 14, 7-10 p.m., Andrew Wakefield, folk, rock, old-time, bluegrass, pop, rock
415 8th Avenue East, Hendersonville
Saturday, January 15, 6 p.m., Craig “Edwin” St. John, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, covers the 60s-90s, country, live airs (at the venue’s third anniversary party)
Hendersonville Presbyterian Church
699 N. Grove Street, Hendersonville
Sunday Jan 4 p.m., 7 p.m., Bluegrass Bash, Junction 280
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Avenue E. Hendersonville
Thursday January 13, 7-9 p.m., High Sierra, Hendo-based trio, two guitars, three singers, acoustics, 3-voice harmony, pop covers
Friday January 14, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Blue Ridge Pistols, Wesley Ganey (guitar, singer), Mariah Martin (singer), Steve Prickelmeyer (bass) and Doug Reiney (drums), classic rock
Saturday January 15, 8 p.m., CircuitLuvr, from the creators of Circuit Breakers and LazrLuvr comes this new group, with Eric Congdon, Raphael Morales, Walker Astin and Sam Frame
The Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville
Saturday January 15, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Carrie Morrison, singer, songwriter, pianist
Sunday January 16, 2 pm-5pm, Bill (Fletcher) & Tad (Taylor) Excellent Duo, acoustic, eclectic, singers, 12-string guitar, djembe
Sawyer Springs Vineyard
124 Sandy Hill Lane, Hendersonville
Friday January 14, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Daniel Sage, world-class singer, songwriter, based in New York
Saturday January 15, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Myron Hyman, soloist, singer, guitarist, eclectic, rock, pop, country, folk, covers
Sierra Nevada Mill River
100 Sierra Nevada Road, Mills River
Saturday January 15, 2 p.m., Ben Phantom, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, inspired by travels around the world
Sunday January 16th, 2pm, John Dance and Darren Lee, two music veterans play the “songs you know but haven’t heard in a while!”
Southern Appalachian Brewery
822, rue Locust, Ste. 100, Hendersonville
Thursday January 13, 6-8 p.m., Howie Johnson and Bill Mattocks, singers, guitarists, blues, classic rock, “whatever they can think of”
Friday January 14, 6-8 p.m., CBD Trio, Country Carver, Bill Loftus, Donald Yelton, rock
Saturday January 15, 6-8 p.m., The Mattocks-Johnson Band, blues, classic rock, “and whatever we want”
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville
Saturday January 15, 8 p.m. to midnight, Fine Line, rock band
The 2nd Act coffee, wine and craft beer bar
101 E. Allen Street, Hendersonville
Saturday January 15, 6:30 p.m., Carver, Carmody & McIntire, based on WNC, acoustics, blues, country, covers, originals
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Friday January 14, 8 p.m., The Loudes, Asheville-based band, punk / folk, rock
Saturday January 15, 8 p.m. to midnight, Graywind, classic rock, dance orchestra
The Poé House
105 1st Avenue West, Hendersonville
Saturday January 15, 7-10 p.m., Mr. Jimmy, singer, songwriter, guitarist, Chicago-style blues
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