Nightlife at MHM Aug. 14
Mountain Home Music celebrates Appalachian culture. But this week's concert will feature a local band, seeped in local traditions, that is more at home playing North Carolina beach music and early rock and roll.
The band, Nightlife, features Graydon Eggers (bass), Bryan and Michelle Haas (guitar and vocals), Wiley Sykes (drums), and Bob Sanger (piano).
Expect to hear songs, such as "Hound Dog, "Blue Suede Shoes," "How Sweet It Is," "Under the Boardwalk," "Margaritaville," "Proud Mary," "That'll Be the Day," "Brown Eyed Girl," "The Rose," "Johnny B. Goode," and many more.
Graydon Eggers formed Nightlife back in the early 1980s. Prior to this, while in the Air Force, he played the clarinet, tenor saxophone, and bass in the Air Force Band. He also toured with the USO, performing for soldiers stationed at bases throughout Europe.
Eggers' civilian musical career began in Winston-Salem, where he was the band director at Reynolds High School. In Winston-Salem he gathered musical friends who could create the sound he wanted, and they started playing at weddings, country clubs, and at many events at Wake Forest University, including homecomings.
A Boone native, Eggers eventually moved back home and teamed up with Bryan and Michelle Haas to form the nucleus of Nightlife. Thirty years hence, they are still making music.
Together, Bryan and Michelle have performed on a national stage for presidents, and they often perform for local folks at area churches and community events.
Pianist Bob Sanger has a solo career, playing primarily dance tunes, and drummer Wiley Sykes performs with the Greensboro Symphony.
All Mountain Home Music concerts feature the music and stories of Joe Shannon, audience sing-alongs, and Mountain Home Music news, a brief (and slightly distorted) view of local and regional events.
The concert is Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets for this and other Mountain Home Music concerts may be purchased online through Mountain Home Music's website, http://www.mountainhomemusic.com.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Mast Stores (Boone and Valle Crucis), Rydell Music Center (Boone), Fred's Mercantile (Beech Mountain), and at Pandora's Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop (Blowing Rock).
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets at the door must be paid in cash or by check.
For more information, visit http://www.mountainhomemusic.com or call (828) 964-3392.
Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.