Something Completely Different

Article Published: Nov. 10, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 12, 2011
Something Completely Different

Ramajay Intercoastal presents its unique Caribbean-tinged sound at Canyons in Blowing Rock this Saturday.

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Bored with bluegrass? Need a break from karaoke? Well, Canyons of the Blue Ridge in Blowing Rock has the answer this weekend.

Two unusual bands take the stage this weekend to present some high-powered guitar playing and some Caribbean grooves.

Canyons will present Two Much, featuring Don Vallarta and Wes Powers, on Friday, Nov. 11, and Ramajay Intercoastal on Saturday, Nov. 12. Both shows start around 9 p.m.

Two Much

Don Vallarta and Wes Powers are two musicians who regularly make the trek from the Carolina coast to the mountains and back. Vallarta is an electric guitarist specializing in jazz and rock grooves, and his connection with the High Country goes back to his regular gigs at the Caribbean Café in downtown Boone back in the mid-1990s.

Powers is a drummer who has played with a number of rock, jazz and experimental outfits, both in the mountains and in Charleston, S.C.

Ramajay Intercoastal

Ramajay Intercoastal is the musical collaboration between Quincy Yeates and Tall Paul, along with a rhythm section that brings a huge backbeat-driven Caribbean sound.

Add to that some pop and jazz, and you’ve got the perfect sound for a day at the beach or for lounging on a cruise ship.

Of course, it can also be the sound for a late fall night in the mountains.

Ramajay Intercoastal had its Blowing Rock debut last summer during one of the Friday afternoon concerts at the Best Cellar in July. Since then, music lovers in the High Country have been asking the band to return.

After being introduced to each other during the creation of the band, St. Somewhere, Tall Paul and Yeates developed a musical and personal friendship that bore fruit with songs like “Driftin’” and “Deep in my Heart.” With both musicians eager for something new and exciting, they have developed Ramajay Intercoastal, a blending of two unlikely but similar worlds. Their island/rock approach contains infectious grooves and catchy melodies balanced by intriguing lyrics.

Admission for Saturday night’s show featuring Ramajay Intercoastal is $5 per person. For more information, call Canyon’s at (828) 295-7661.

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