Sunday · May 29 · Crouse Park · Sparta NC
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The Harris Brothers, hailing from Caldwell County, make their debut performance at LUKEfest 2016. They will share the stage with another popular LUKEfest duo, Wayne Henderson and Jeff Little, along with our own Crouse House Pickers
LUKEfest is a benefit concert held each year in Sparta, NC at Crouse Park. This year’s concert is May 29 starting at 1 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to spread out on the grass in front of the Crouse Park Stage. Concessions will be available.
The festival is named for Luke Hampton, a high school athlete paralyzed in a wrestling tournament. No admission is charged, but donations are appreciated. The event is sponsored by the Alleghany Boy Scouts. All donations and proceeds from the concert go to the Alleghany Education Foundation. In case of rain, the concert will be performed in the Alleghany Auditorium at 450 North Main Street (U.S. 21).
In recognition of Memorial Day weekend, the VWF begins the afternoon with a Color Guard and the national anthem at 1 p.m. Everybody on stage is donating their time and are playing at no charge for this special concert.
Sparta is located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and is the most convenient mountain community to the NC Piedmont. From I-77 take exit 83 (northbound traffic only) or exit 85 and follow US 21 North for 29 miles up the mountain to Sparta. At the second traffic signal, go right onto NC 18 North. Crouse Park begins at the second left at the intersection with Grayson St.
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The tentative schedule for the afternoon is as follows:
Color Guard, 1:00 p.m.
The Harris Brothers, 1:30 p.m.
Auction from the stage, 2:30 p.m.
Wayne C. Henderson & Jeff Little, 3:00 p.m,
Crouse House Pickers, 4:00 p.m.
ending about 5:00 p.m.
The Harris Brothers draw from a vast repertoire of American traditional music – “Americana” is often used to describe their style, but the Harris Brothers just call it music. It’s blues mixed up with traditional Appalachian music, jazz, country, bluegrass and rock n’ roll; it’s stripped down, intense and real. Grammy Award-winner and previous performer at the Montana Folk Festival David Holt says “The Harris Brothers are one of my favorite groups. Great playing, singing and soul. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
Reggie and Ryan Harris were born into a musical family in Caldwell County in the foothills of western North Carolina and have been picking and singing since they were small children. They most often perform with just an acoustic guitar, a bass, a suitcase used as a kick drum, and their two voices (switching between lead and harmony vocals), but they have been known to throw in a fiddle, banjo or electric guitar now and again. Listeners often ask, “How can two people put off such a big sound?”
The Harris Brothers have been playing steady gigs for many years – from honkytonks to large venues like the Blue Ridge Music Center and festivals like MerleFest, Hickory Fest and the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival. They have lent their talents to projects such as Vassar Clements’ Vassar’s Jazz (Winter Harvest) and Dead Grass (Cedar Glen), two Summerville projects with Nashville bassist Ross Sermons, several Caldwell County Traditional Musicians Showcases, as well as albums of their own. The brothers have shared the stage with such accomplished musicians as Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, David Holt, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, and Laura Boosinger, to name a few.
With their showmanship, diverse repertoire and ability to improvise, no two shows are ever the same. And, with their hearts truly in the music they are playing, the Harris Brothers are sure to captivate any audience.
The Henderson-Little duo returns from the 2015 LUKEfest. Rugby, Virginia guitarist Wayne Henderson is also renowned as an instrument maker. He was the subject of the book, “Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument.”
The Washington Post said Boone, NC, pianist Jeff Little brought fast, tricky fiddle tunes to the piano much as Doc Watson brought them to the guitar. When you put an innovator like Little together with Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking style, even bluegrass and mountain standards take on new life.
The Crouse House Pickers is the name for a jam session of musicians that have been getting together every Monday evening for more than two decades and for the last decade in the Crouse House located at the Park. The years have given them a familiarity with each others’ styles such that they have a range of music from bluegrass and gospel to country and a bit of the blues.