Classic Wineseller announces June live music lineup

By Kay Stegall Miller | Jun 02, 2014
Courtesy of: Dana and Susan Robinson Husband and wife duo, Dana and Susan Robinson perform folk and old-time music at 7pm on Friday night at the Classic Wineseller.

The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville’s premier small plate restaurant, retail shop, and intimate live music venue, kicks off its June music series at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, with husband and wife folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson. The Wineseller’s on-premises restaurant serves up small plate and tapas-style fare beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The Robinsons are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the Classic Wineseller presents an evening of Gypsy jazz music with Michael Pilgrim on mandolin and Don Mercz on guitar. Pilgrim and Mercz have been playing music together for over 30 years and share an affinity for the passionate and exhilaratingly up-tempo Gypsy jazz music.

At 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, Frost Effect featuring Dominic Frost (guitar, vocals), Dan Frost (bass, vocals), and Robbie Lanue (drums) will rock on the outdoor bandstand.

Joe Cruz (piano, ukulele, vocals) delivers with hits of the Beatles and Elton John at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Born in New York City, New York, Joe Cruz grew up singing and playing in church. As a teenager he started performing regularly at clubs in New York City. He has opened for such greats as Chicago, Bonnie Raitt and Santana.

Sheila Gordon plays and sings at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20. Gordon has been playing piano and singing her way in to the hearts of thousands since she was a young girl. Earlier in her career, Gordon was the star attraction at a piano bar in Nashville, Tennessee, where she held the title for 10 years. Gordon’s beautiful voice moves effortlessly between musical genres such as blues, jazz, gospel, and popular music.

On Saturday, June 21, singer-songwriter James Hammel is featured in the Classic Wineseller’s second themed cabaret show. Hammel will perform his show entitled “Celebrating a Collage of Life: A Journey Through Some of Life’s Most Poignant Moments.” Joining Hammel are Bill Bares on piano, Patrick Brown on saxophone, Zack Page on bass, and, Rick Dilling on drums. A four-course dinner is included with the musical performance for $34.99 per person. Seating is limited. Reserve a table at 452-6000.

At 7 p.m. Friday, June 27,, Joe Cruz returns for a musical tribute to the Beatles and Elton John.

Singer-songwriter and guitar sensation Jacob Johnson appears at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Johnson is a young, energetic performer who has shared the stage with songwriting masters from Edwin McCain to David Wilcox, and who 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 the audience’s 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!"

His debut CD offering, “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. Johnson 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 multilayered guitar mastery. Johnson thumps, taps and slaps his guitar into submission, weaving a musical tapestry that usually climbs to 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 on Jacob Johnson, visit


The complete June schedule includes:

Friday, June 6 — Dana & Susan Robinson guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocals. Folk

Saturday, June 7 — Mike Pilgrim on mandolin, Don Mercz on guitar. Gypsy jazz

Thursday, June 12 — Joe Cruz piano (6 p.m. start)

Friday, June 13 — Frost Effect featuring Dominic Frost on guitar, vocals, Dan Frost on bass and vocals, Robbie Lanue on drums. Alternative rock (outdoor bandstand)

Saturday, June 14 — Joe Cruz piano on ukulele and vocals. Beatles, Elton John

Thursday, June 19 — Joe Cruz on piano (6 p.m. start)

Friday, June 20 — Sheila Gordon on keyboard and vocals. Pop, rock, blues

Saturday, June 21 — NEW! at the Classic Wineseller: “Celebrating a Collage of Life — A Journey Through Some of Life’s Most Poignant Moments,” a cabaret

show featuring James Hammel on vocals, Bill Bares on piano, Patrick Brown on saxophone, Zack Page on bass, Rick Dilling on drums. Tickets are $34.99 per person and include four-course dinner. Reservations at 452-6000.

Thursday, June 26 — Joe Cruz on piano (6 p.m. start)

Friday, June 27 — Joe Cruz on piano, ukulele and vocals. Beatles, Elton John

Saturday, June 28 — Jacob Johnson on guitar, vocals. Neo-acoustic folk/funk

The Classic Wineseller presents local, regional, or national talent each week. Enjoy daily wine tastings and weekly food, wine, and beer specials. There is a $10 per person minimum on non-ticketed live music nights which includes food, drink, and retail purchases. Reservations are accepted between 6 and 7 p.m. by calling 452-6000. Visit for additional information.