Jacob Johnson Performs March 1 at Classic Wineseller: Thursday, March 6, Nashville Recording Artist Lacy Green Kicks Off Three Nights of Live Music

Arts & Entertainment
The Classic Wineseller
20 Church Street, Waynesville, NC
Kay S. Miller
Mar 01, 2014
12:00 PM
Courtesy of: Jacob Johnson Jacob Johnson's guitar pyrotechnics and wry sense of humor make him a must-see performer.

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

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 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 entitled, 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 7pm, 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 on Friday, March 7 beginning at 7pm, and Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) plays the best of the Beatles and Elton John on Saturday evening, March 8 at 7pm.

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. Lacy says, “My first performance was when I was five years old and my Dad lifted me up to a microphone at one of his shows so I  sing, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". 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 about Lacy Green.

Singer-songwriter James Hammel (guitar, vocals) will perform jazz and pop tunes on Friday evening, March 7 at 7pm. 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 7pm delivering the best of the Beatles and Sir Elton John. Cruz grew up singing in church, 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 Friday, March 14 at 7pm. Wlosok is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator born in the Czech Republic. For the past eighteen years he has claimed residency in the USA 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 USA and in Europe. He is highly sought after as a guest teacher at music clinics, masterclasses, and teaches at summer jazz camps in Europe. For more information visit www.pavelwlosok.com.

At 7pm on Saturday, March 15 enjoy an evening of gypsy jazz music with Michael Pilgrim mandolin; Drew Kirkpatrick guitar; and, Don Mercz guitar. Mike Pilgrim and Don Mercz have been playing music together for over 30 years. Newcomer Drew 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 on Friday, March 21 at 7pm. Jessi 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 on Saturday, March 22 at 7pm. 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 on Friday evening, March 28 at 7pm.

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 & Elton John


Friday, March 14 - Pavel Wlosok piano. Jazz

Saturday, March 15 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles & Elton John


Friday, March 21 - Bohemian Jean with Jessi Stone, vocals and Matt

Welborn, guitar, harmonica, vocals. Originals, soulful hits from 60s on

Saturday, March 22 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles & Elton John


Friday, March 28 - Leo Johnson guitar, vocals. Swing from the 30s & 40s

Saturday, March 29 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles & Elton John

The Wineseller’s restaurant opens at 5:30pm 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 between 6pm and 7pm by calling 828-452-6000. For more information visit www.classicwineseller.com.