Jeff Little to perform Nov. 1 at Walker Center

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Article Published: Oct. 17, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 2, 2013
Jeff Little to perform Nov. 1 at Walker Center

Jeff Little, the Piano Man of the Blue Ridge, will perform Nov. 1 at Wilkes Community College’s Walker Center.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

The Walker Center announces “A Night Out at the Walker Center” on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Lakey Ballroom.

The buffet dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with entertainment by Jeff Little beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“We decided to offer this event due to the overwhelming popularity of the dining options we have before each season show, which season ticket holders are eligible to purchase,” The Walker Center’s Tabitha Hudler said. “In fact, those dinners sell to capacity, and we keep a waiting list in case seating becomes available. So, we decided to offer ‘A Night Out at the Walker Center’ as a way for folks to be able to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Chef Brenda Osborne and some incredible entertainment provided by the ever-popular pianist, Jeff Little. The evening is sure to create memories for our guests.”

Osborne’s menu for the night includes strawberry bisque, beef Wellington, stuffed chicken breast, manicotti with cheese and spinach, assorted root vegetables, broccolini with grape tomatoes, twice baked potatoes, fresh apple and pear salad, fresh baked rolls, a choice of desserts and iced tea and coffee.

Pianist Little is known for his distinctive piano style — hailed as breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. Little comes from Boone, where his family ran Little’s Music Store, a spot where musicians frequently dropped by to play a tune. Among those was Doc Watson, a neighbor and close family friend whose music helped shape Little’s unique piano style.

A professional musician since the age of 14, Little is conversant with old-time, country, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues. With a rack-mounted harmonica and vocals, he can also be a one-man show.

Little settled in Nashville for a while, working as a session man, touring and performing with a wide range of country artists, most notably Keith Urban. In 2004, he returned to North Carolina to direct the music industry program at Guilford Technical Community College.

“A Night Out at the Walker Center” costs $23.95 per person. Suggested dress for the event is business casual.

Seating for “A Night Out at the Walker Center” is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reserved seating is available; however, reservations are required by 3 p.m. Oct. 25. To make reservations, call the Walker Center box office at (336) 838-6260. The box office is open Monday through Thursday, from noon till 5 p.m, and Friday, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.

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