Friday, September 09, 2011

2011 Clayton Harvest & Music Festival Heavy on Music and Variety

This is the second year since the Clayton Chamber of Commerce added ”music” to their Clayton Harvest & Music Festival and they are serious with two stages and 13 different music acts.

The East Stage is in on the southside of the 400 block of Main Street, between The Flipside and Jones’ Cafe. Schedule:

10:00 am The Brightleaf Bluegrass Band, featuring Kathi Nixon

11:20 am Mary Selvidge

12:40 pm MikeMickxer

2:00 pm Shelter

3:20 pm Sayer McShane

The West Stage is at Town Square, on West Main Street between Fayetteville Street and O’Neil Street.

11:45 am Taylor Leopold (2010 Clayton Idol Winner)

12:30 pm Bruce Naegelen

1:00 pm 2011 Clayton Idol Winners

1:45 pm Dameron & Ladd

2:45 pm Paul Bomar Trio

3:30 pm Johnny Orr

4:15 pm Revelus

5:00 pm Fifty/50 Band

7:30 pm Central Park Band

All music is free and start times are approximate. Read on for a little background on each musician/band.

2011 Clayton Harvest Festival Music Lineup

Brightleaf Blue Grass Band
East Stage – 10:00 am

The Brightleaf Blue Grass Band is led by Kathi Hinton Nixon a local singer/songwriter with a love for bluegrass and Americana music. In 1994, she and her sister Kellie Hinton produced a CD with a majority of the songs written by Kathi.

East Stage – 11:20 am

Mary Selvidge has been playing and writing music since she was sixteen years old. In November 2007 she placed 2nd in the Colgate Country Showdown Southeast Regional in Thomaston, Georgia. She has performed at concerts for several great country music artist like George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and many more.
Mary and her band were winners of the 2011 Carolina Music Awards for best country band.

East Stage – 12:40 pm

Mike Davis, on lead vocals and lead guitar, is well known in Triangle musician circles as the multi-talented and energized front man for The Amateurs, Zydecopious and now the MikeMickXer trio. With crisp and compelling guitar leads played on “Gretchen” (his gorgeous, red, sweet-sounding Gretsch guitar), soulful vocalizations, lively rapport with the audience, and waist-length dreadlocks twirling, Mike provides all the soul, flash and verve a band could want. Mick Voiland, on organ and bass, is the “convenor” of MikeMickXer, having brought Mike, Gary and himself together “not only as a way of playing out in front of people more often, but also exploring what might be done differently with some rarely played tunes from the last 50 years.” Mick provides the bass line for the group using his left hand on a second keyboard, something he says he finds is “fun, mesmerizing and, above all, rewarding.” Gary Grier, on drums, is the trio’s very talented man-on-the-skins. He’s played within the funk, rock and R&B genres, but loves to venture out across all the popular styles. With a strong emphasis on timing and groove, he has played with many local bands, most notable the West Street Band, but now drives the beat for MikeMickXer.

East Stage – 2:00 pm

Shelter is an energetic and entertaining pop/rock cover band playing the songs you love and the ones you forgot you loved from the sixties to today. With both female and male singers covering the classics, a splendid time is guaranteed for all. Shelter is formed by musicians with decades of experience for one purpose - to provide the audience with a variety of music that differs from the standard fare. Recognizable songs, to be sure, but ones you may not hear every time you turn on the radio. We play the songs you love and the ones you forgot from the sixties to today.

East Stage – 3:20 pm
Sayer McShane is an exciting band from Detroit, Michigan. They play an amazing blend of rock, blues, Motown, soul, and more. With a strong command of their instruments, “The Girls” deliver a powerful performance with their big sound and solid harmonies. Kristin Sayer “The Git-tar Player” sings lead and plays lead guitar. Carolyn McShane “MC Shane” sings and plays drums. They entertain the crowd with their fun, interactive dialogue and compelling songwriting. Sayer McShane definitely put on a show unlike anything you've seen before.

West Stage – 11:45 pm

This 16-year old singer-songwriter picked up the guitar for the first time when she was 10 years old. She has written dozens of songs over the past few years and is now working towards releasing them on a self-published album, with an expected release date in late 2011. She was the 2010 Clayton Idol winner, sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

West Stage – 12:30 pm

Bruce Naegelen has been performing his and other people's songs since 1979 throughout central New England and coastal North Carolina. Whether the venue is a festival, restaurant, club or private party, Bruce's music and humor keeps things happening. From Jimmy Buffett to John Prine, songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's and even the 80's, there's something for just about everybody!

West Stage – 1:45 pm

Scott Dameron and Jay Ladd fall comfortably in the mold of the new “singer/songwriter”. Accomplished musicians, singers, and lyricists, their sound is a mixture of new/fast-folk, americana, pop, and any other trendy genre that includes acoustic-based, thoughtfully written, and melody-driven music. Jay Ladd’s dynamic and emotive voice, as well as his stylish keyboard playing, perfectly seams and connects with Scott Dameron’s acoustic guitar, which can be rhythmic and percussive, but also melodic and soulful.

West Stage – 2:45 pm

Paul Bomar is a 35 year old jazz guitarist (as well as other styles), composer, arranger, and guitar instructor (any style)from North Carolina. He has been involved with numerous musical projects throughout the area which include Steel Belted Slinky, Evil Jungle, the Corey Parker, and Human Beans. He is currently involved with Blue Concept, the Marc Getter Trio, the Paul Bomar Trio, the F.O. Finch Quartet, and others.

East Stage – 3:30 pm

Johnny Orr has been a fixture in the Raleigh area for a long time. He’s been performing since the mid 80′s and the past few years have kicked things up notch. Johnny made it to the finals at Nashville Star, he’s been on CMT’s Big Break with Sara Evans, he’s opened for Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Gretchen Wilson, Phil Vassar, Josh Gracin, Josh Thompson, Jeff Bates, and many more. Johnny Orr Band also won the Clayton Town Square Concert Series, “Battle of the Bands” in 2008.

West Stage – 4:15 pm

Edgy mainstream alternative rock with strong melodic vocals, a fresh sound and unique appeal...Revelus melds loud, heavy guitars with cut through melodies and mixes rock sensibilities with a sharp sense of pop songwriting. The band strives on creating music that makes heads move! Revelus is a very hard working band, and they take their musical careers very seriously. This is their thing... it's what they have been doing for the duration of their lives, and they wouldn't continue to do it if they didn't do it well. Great things are in store for Revelus and their future.

West Stage – 5:00 pm

The Fifty/50 Band is a very tight Raleigh, N.C. area band specializing in providing a unique variety of great music to party to. Like the banner states, "WE LIKE TO MIX IT UP" Together for more than six years, The Fifty/50 Band has been performing a great mix of music that will get your attention as well as get you on your feet. The Fifty/50 Band get their name from all members having been born in the fifties, they are all in their fifties, and everything so far has had a Fifty/50 chance of happening. The Fifty/50 Band play songs they grew up with and played in garage bands in the late sixties and early seventies. Songs that everyone has heard at least once in their lives. From Classic Rock, Folk Rock, Oldies, Blues, R&B, Country, etc.... You get the idea! Check out the song list!

West Stage – 7:30 pm

The Central Park is one of the most popular bands to play in Clayton and they are from Clayton! The lineup features Casey Coats and Marty Gilbert as lead singers, Tom Bagley on guitar, Craig Pulley on bass, George Coghill on drums and John Fichera on keybords. Their vast repertoire includes playing music from the Beatles to the Black Eyed Pea’s. CPB specializes in audience participation, encouraging people to dance!

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