Classic Wineseller announces March live music lineup

By Kay Stegall Miller | Feb 20, 2014
Courtesy of: Jacob Johnson

The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville’s premier retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant and intimate live music venue, announces its live music lineup for March beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, with a performance by guitar sensation Jacob Johnson.

Johnson is a young, energetic performer who has shared the stage with songwriting masters Edwin McCain and David Wilcox, and hangs out with guitar heroes like Tommy Emmanuel and Tim Reynolds (right-hand man to Dave Matthews). While it is his flashy guitar pyrotechnics that might grab your attention, his songwriting, personality, and performance style are what set him apart from the rest of the young guitar-slinging pack. In short, to quote Tommy Emmanuel, "Jacob rocks!"

Johnson’s debut CD, “Est. 1986,” ranges from Dylan-esque folk tunes to quirky ballads, such as the love song to his guitar, "Treat Her Right." Johnson shows that great music doesn’t always have to be serious. He likes to call his style of playing “neo-acoustic folk/funk.”

In live performances, his off-the-cuff sense of humor and tongue-in-cheek sensibility disarm the audience and leave them unprepared for his multi-layered guitar mastery. Johnson thumps, taps and slaps his guitar into submission, weaving a musical tapestry that usually climbs to a sonic frenzy while never losing its balance or control. He delivers thoughtful and realistic lyrics with a wry sort of charisma. He has been compared to John Mayer, James Taylor, Jack Johnson and Keller Williams. For more information about Jacob Johnson visit www.jacobjohnsontunes.com.

On Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m.. the Classic Wineseller presents three nights of live music beginning with Nashville recording artist Lacy Green (guitar, vocals). James Hammel (guitar, vocals) entertains with jazz and pop tunes at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, and Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) plays the best of the Beatles and Elton John at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

Lacy Green grew up in the tiny town of Pilot Mountain, in the foothills of North Carolina. Music was a staple in her family’s home.

“My first performance was when I was 5-years old and my Dad lifted me up to a microphone at one of his shows so I sing, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,’” said Green. “I was pretty well hooked from that point.”

At 13, Green asked her Dad to teach her how to play "Blackbird" on the guitar. Soon afterward she began writing songs. After two albums, countless shows, and a diploma from the University of North Carolina, Lacy Green moved to Nashville where she has completed her first radio tour, recorded a Top 100 country radio single, and written songs for several independent films. Visit www.lacygreen.com for more information.

Singer-songwriter James Hammel (guitar, vocals) will perform jazz and pop tunes at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.

Hammel was at the top of the corporate ladder in NYC when 911 hit. Devastating affects to his company and among his co-workers and friends led him to re-evaluate life and return to his love of music.

On Saturday, March 8, Joe Cruz is back at the piano at 7 p.m. delivering the best of the Beatles and Sir Elton John.

Cruz grew up singing in church and then became a regular on the club scene in New York City. He has opened for Chicago, Santana, and Bonnie Raitt, and the Average White Band.

Pavel Wlosok performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14.

Wlosok is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator born in the Czech Republic. For the past 18 years he has claimed residency in the U.S. and is a full-time tenured jazz faculty professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

A musician for over 30 years, Wlosok performs at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and various jazz venues both in the U.S. and in Europe. He is highly sought after as a guest teacher at music clinics, master classes, and teaches at summer jazz camps in Europe. For more information, visit www.pavelwlosok.com.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, enjoy an evening of gypsy jazz music with Michael Pilgrim, mandolin; Drew Kirkpatrick, guitar; and, Don Mercz, guitar. Pilgrim and Mercz have been playing music together for over 30 years. Newcomer Kirkpatrick shares their affinity for the passionate and exhilaratingly up-tempo gypsy jazz and swing music.

Singer-songwriter Matthew Welborn, and vocalist wife, Jessi Stone perform as the duo, Bohemian Jean at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21.

Stone chooses covers that suit her soulful alto voice — including hits from Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, and Carly Simon. Welborn complements his wife’s voice with rich harmonies, also adding his own fun covers and original music to the mix. High school sweethearts, the couple’s natural chemistry shines through when they perform the music they love.

Singer-songwriter and pianist Joe Cruz will entertain with hits of the Beatles and Elton John at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

Raised in New York City, Cruz began performing in church as a child. As a young man he performed regularly on the New York nightclub scene. He has opened for such notable groups as Chicago, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Average White Band.

Versatile jazz, gypsy jazz, and swing performer, Leo Johnson (guitar, vocals) will play swing from the 30s and 40s at 7 p.m. Friday evening, March 28.

Joe Cruz returns to the Steinway piano on Saturday, March 29, to sing the greatest hits of Sir Elton John and the Beatles.

 

The complete March schedule includes:

Saturday, March 1 — Jacob Johnson, guitar, vocals; neo-acoustic folk funk

Thursday, March 6 — Lacy Green, guitar, vocals; country

Friday, March 7 — James Hammel, guitar and vocals; jazz and pop

Saturday, March 8 — Joe Cruz, piano, vocals; Beatles and Elton John

Friday, March 14 — Pavel Wlosok, piano; jazz

Saturday, March 15 — Joe Cruz piano, vocals; Beatles and Elton John

Friday, March 21 — Bohemian Jean with Jessi Stone, vocals, and Matt Welborn, guitar, harmonica, vocals; originals, soulful hits from the 60s

Saturday, March 22 — Joe Cruz piano, vocals; Beatles and Elton John

Friday, March 28 — Leo Johnson guitar, vocals; swing from the 30s and 40s

Saturday, March 29 — Joe Cruz piano, vocals; Beatles and Elton John

The Classic Wineseller’s restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings serving freshly prepared tapas-style cuisine and small plate fare. There is a $10 per person minimum on live music nights, which includes food, drink, and retail purchases. Reservations are accepted from 6 to 76 p.m. by calling 452-6000. For more information visit www.classicwineseller.com.

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