Jones House jams on the Fourth

Article Published: Jul. 2 | Modified: Jul. 5
Jones House jams on the Fourth

Fat Face Band, an avant-garde jazz trio, featuring Matthew Postle, Molly Brown and Troy Conn, will perform Friday at the Jones House in Boone.

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The Jones House will be jamming on July 4, following the town of Boone’s Independence Day parade.

In addition to the festive music of the community band and the traditional cake and watermelon served on the Jones House lawn at noon, immediately after the parade, two bands will be performing as part of the regular Friday Concerts at the Jones House series.

The concerts will start at 1 p.m., with Fat Face Band, an avant-garde jazz trio hailing from the Charlotte area, which has performed at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market several times.

The Fat Face Band formed 2011 in Charlotte. Most recently, Fat Face toured the United Kingdom (England, Wales, and Scotland) in June 2014, performing 13 concerts. The trio has performed throughout the Southern U.S., including for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Featuring a unique instrumentation (trumpet/melodica, guitar and tuba), Fat Face blends styles and sounds from New Orleans and traditional Americana, alongside jazz standards, original compositions and avant-garde.

The band includes Matthew Postle on trumpet and melodia, Molly Brown on tuba and Troy Conn on guitar.

“These guys have a really interesting sound, blending a lot of different American influences,” concert organizer Mark Freed said. “A blend of American sounds will be fitting, as we celebrate our nation’s birth.”

Liz Hayes and Common Threads will follow Fat Face Band at around 2 p.m., featuring the vocal stylings of Liz Hayes, who has been a regular performer at the Jones House Friday night series for years as Liz Harmon.

The Common Threads band will include Hayes’s longtime collaborators and friends, including Glenn Hubbard on keys, Billy Ralph Winkler on guitar and others.

“Liz grew up in a big musical family, and she and the guys in her band have been part of the fabric of the local musical scene all their lives,” Freed said. “It’s a treat to have them back to the Jones House porch.”

As always, the concerts are free and will take place rain or shine. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket.

The 2014 Concerts at the Jones House series is sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, Farmers Rentals and Power Equipment, Footsloggers, Mast General Store, Melanie’s, MPrints and Stick Boy Bread Co.

For more information on the Jones House or the concert series, visit, or call (828) 268-6280. The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

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