Tuesday, June 03, 2008

MillStock Music & Art Faire THIS SATURDAY!

Music and fine arts and crafts blend for an exciting day in downtown Clayton with the 8th Annual Millstock: Celebration of Music and Arts Faire on Saturday, June 7 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Millstock is held at the corner of Lombard and Second streets in the parking lot of the Coffee Mill and The Flipside. Millstock is a showcase for local artists and musicians. This year more than 20 local artists will be displaying their work.

Among the art displays will be photography, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and stained glass. The Clayton Historical Association will have a booth and feature tours of the historic B.M. Robertson Mule Barn. Children’s activities will be hosted by Mother’s Unlimited. Downtown businesses will be open during the day and restaurants in the evening.

The musical lineup this year will kickoff with Rootzie, with a rock and funk sound; followed by Zydecopious, the Triangle’s only zydeco band. No Strings Attached will bring a great bluegrass flavor to Millstock and The Amateurs will bring a Caribbean end to the day with some great Reggae music.

Artist’s wishing to exhibit and sell their work must meet certain standards. Clayton Visual Arts, which sponsors the Art Faire, requires that all works must be of original design, and executed by the exhibiting artist or artisan. Application deadline is May 28. For more information on becoming an exhibitor contact Gina Moreland at millstock@gmail.com. For updates check www.myspace.com/millstockclaytonnc and www.downtownclayton.blogspot.com

Millstock is a merger of two events. The Clayton Arts Faire began in 1999 as part of the Clayton Harvest Festival and the Millstock Music Festival, which began in 2000. Both were grassroots efforts designed to bring music and art to downtown Clayton. The events merged four years ago to become an exciting downtown experience.
This event has received support from the Town of Clayton; the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. Johnston County Arts Council is the North Carolina Arts Council’s Designated County Partner for Johnston County.

11 AM - NOON

Rootzie is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist/ percussionist/ Gregory Blaine. Gregory has been playing and singing for some 40 years in bands up and down the eastern seaboard. Rootzie came about slowly adding one piece at a time finally jelling into a rock'n funky good sound. The musical selections come from the vast works of music Gregory was exposed to in his life: Gospel, Country, Reggae, Blues, Funk, Jazz and even as of late, Bluegrass.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Their name means "ample amounts of zydeco," and that's what this band promises dancers and listeners alike. Zydecopious offers up not only tunes that zydeco aficionados and dancers have come to know and love (such as "Have Mercy," "I'm Comin' Home," "My YaYa," "Born in the Country," "Midland Two-Step," "Give 'em Cornbread"), but it also plays songs that reflect the heavy R&B-tinged music of Louisiana and the other Gulf Coast states, such as "Baby Please Don't Go," "Diddie-Wah-Diddie," and "Iko-Iko." And always expect some surprises, as some popular hits of the past get the zydeco treatment (remember Peggy Lee's "Fever" from 1958 and Mongo Jerry's "In the Summertime" from 1970?). Zydecopious is the Triangle's only local zydeco band. It includes Clark Aflague on frottoir; Tracy Wiebeck on bass; Mike Davis on guitar; Leo Briere on accordion; Ken Joseph on drums; and Mick Voiland on organ. They all invite you to listen, enjoy, tap your feet, and, most definitely, DANCE!

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


No Strings Attached is an energetic bluegrass band based in Raleigh NC comprised of an all-star cast of local musicians specializing in a deep repertoire of original, contemporary songs, traditional favorites and blazing instrumentals. Each of the members of No Strings Attached spends time in other regional and national acts such as Barefoot Manner, The Kickin’ Grass Band, Old Habits and The Stranger Brothers. Their unique individual styles and profuse experience blend together into tight vocal harmonies, polished instrumental technique and an infectious, driving rhythm.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Amateurs have been moving people to sway and dance with their reggae and rock style of music since 1989. The enthusiasm never wanes with original member Bill "Shep" Sheppard's rhythmic congas and unique vocals. Mike Davis, another original member, keeps the energy pumping with his masterful lead guitar and vocals. Ken Joseph's rock solid drums keeps the beat feverish. Jubal Davis' steady, thumping bass lines carry on the island groove. Rounding out the band is Mike Canali's soulful sax and kickin' keyboards. A performance by The Amateurs is a guaranteed good time; the rock laced with island spice, the reggae so authentic if you close your eyes, you can feel the ocean breeze.

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