Jones House releases summer concert lineup
It’s never too early to start planning for summer.
As such, the town of Boone’s Jones House Cultural and Community Center has released a tentative schedule for its celebrated Concerts at the Jones House Series.
Every Friday from June through September, the Jones House porch comes alive with a variety music of that attracts what – were the concerts not free – would be a sold-out crowd on the cool, shady lawn.
So far, audiences can expect an eclectic mix of series regulars and newcomers that spans the genres, including the Forget-Me-Nots, Michael Reno Harrell, Williams and Company, the Major Sevens, Soul Benefactor, Matthew Weaver, Keith Ward, Shane Chalke B.E. Jazz, Native Sons Band, The Lucky Strikes, Wayne Henderson, The Mercury Dames, the Mountain Laurels and more.
“Right now, being outside on a nice summer evening in the High Country, listening to live music to lead into the weekend, sounds pretty good as I look at the snow squalls outside my desk window,” series coordinator Mark Freed said.
In particular, Freed looks forward to seeing his friends, both musicians and audience members.
“While the series schedule changes from year to year, there is a community built around the tradition of these summer concerts,” he said. “Musicians come back year to year, despite the modest pay and sun beating down on their instruments while they play. Audience members continually battle Friday afternoon traffic and parking to get to the middle of downtown Boone for the concerts.”
2013 marks the series’ 21st year, having been founded by the Watauga County Arts Council. The council has since moved from the Jones House, but the venue – and its music – continue.
“We are blessed in the High Country to be surrounded by so much talent, and I’m very thankful that so many wonderful musicians are willing to come play the series,” Freed said. “We have great music, and appreciative and attentive audience, the charm and convenience of being in the heart of downtown Boone and a 20-plus-year tradition to carry on, thanks to the Watauga Arts Council and the town of Boone.”
The concerts will also cater to First Friday Downtown Boone Art Crawl crowds, Freed said, with performances extending later into the evening.
In addition, the series will feature a Doc Watson Celebration on June 21, featuring The Kruger Brothers, Charles Welch and The Sheets Family. “The event will give us all a chance to remember and celebrate Doc’s legacy and how much it means to the community,” Freed said.
June 7 – The Forget-Me-Nots, Michael Reno Harrell, Williams and Company
June 14 – The Major Sevens and Swing Guitars
June 21 – Doc Watson Celebration with The Kruger Brothers, Charles Welch and The Sheets Family
June 28 – Matthew Weaver and Friends and Amantha Mill
July 5 – Soul Benefactor and Native Sons Band
July 12 – David Childers and the New River Boys
July 19 – The Mercury Dames and Todd Wright and Friends
July 26 – Strictly Clean and Decent and a Les Paul and Mary Ford Tribute with Tom and Sandy Doyle
Aug. 2 – Keith Ward, Barefoot Movement and Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson
Aug. 9 – Shane Chalke B.E. Jazz and The Lucky Strikes
Aug. 16 – The Mountain Laurels and Steve and Ruth Smith
Aug. 23 – Bluegrass showcase with Sigmon Stringers, Creekside Grass and Carolina Crossing
Aug. 30 – Songwriter showcase with Rod Farthing, Tom Shirley and the Worthless Son-In-Laws
Sept. 6 – Dashboard Hula Boys, the Lazybirds and Kim France and Jon Jon Davis
Sept. 13 – Buck Haggard Band and Trevor McKenzie and Friends
Sept. 20 – TBA
“We are blessed in the High Country to be surrounded by so much talent,” Freed said, “and I am very thankful that so many wonderful musicians are willing to come play the seriers.”
Starting at 5 p.m. each Friday, the Summer Concerts at the Jones House are free events that take place at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Attendees are encouraged to come early and bring chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn.
For more information, call (828) 262-4576, or visit http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org.