James Hammel Kicks Off August Performance Schedule at the Classic Wineseller

By Kay Stegall Miller | Jul 24, 2013
Courtesy of: James Hammel Corporate CEO-turned entertainer, James Hammel, performs Friday, August 2 at 7pm, LIVE at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.


Waynesville, NC - The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church Street, Waynesville, announces its live music schedule for August. The Wineseller’s kitchen is open Friday and Saturday evenings serving small plate fare beginning at 5:30pm. Music performances are from 7-10pm. There is a $10 per person minimum including food, drink or retail purchases.

On Friday, August 2, singer-songwriter and guitarist, James Hammel performs at 7pm. Hammel is a new face to the cabaret world with a long history of performing that is surpassed only by his 20 years at the top of the business world. Blending his own, often autobiographical originals, with fresh arrangements of standards and some twists on adult pop tunes, what often comes through are both the boyish levity at his hard-earned freedom from—as well as his homage to—his years at the top of the corporate ladder.

Traveling the world to board meetings with his rented guitar and staff paper waiting back in his hotel room, Hammel always dismissed what his guitar teacher, the late jazz great Sal Salvador, predicted: That he would one day emerge from his business destiny and turn back fully to music.

After the events of 9/11, which directly impacted Hammel’s company and life, he made good on Salvador’s prediction and produced his first full-length CD, Do It All Over Again. He is currently working on a second CD. Hammel performs in New York City at private parties and venues such as Metropolitan Room, Satalla, Kavehaz, PM, CBGBs gallery, and The Bitter End. He has also appeared on Houston’s Emmy-award-winning show, “The After Party”. Hammel now resides in western North Carolina.

Joe Cruz returns to the keyboard on Saturday, August 3 at 7pm, playing and singing the best of the Beatles, Elton John, and other pop favorites. Cruz grew up in a musical family in New York City, playing and singing in church from a young age. He became a regular on the New York club scene and has opened for Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, and Average White Band. Cruz resides in Haywood County with his wife, Tracey, and their daughters.

August’s remaining live music events are:

Friday, August 9 - “Bohemian Jean” featuring Jessi Stone, vocals and Matt Welborn, guitar, harmonica

Saturday, August 10 - Jacob Johnson guitar, vocals. Neo-acoustic, folk/funk

Friday, August 16 - Ben Wilson guitar and vocals, music of 60s, 70s, 80s

Saturday, August 17 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles, Elton John, pop

Friday, August 23 - ‘Round the Fire’ featuring Chris Minick guitar, vocals, Lee Kram percussion, Greg Kidd bass, Craig Summers piano

Saturday, August 24 - Live Jazz + Dinner featuring vocalist Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz. Bossa Nova, jazz standards. $39.99 per, reservations at 828-452-6000

Friday, August 30 @7pm - Sheila Gordon piano, vocals

Saturday, August 31 @7pm - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles, Elton John, pop

Waynesville’s premiere retail wine and craft beer shop, the Classic Wineseller also houses a small plate restaurant and intimate live music venue. Enjoy local, regional, and on occasion, national talent at the Classic Wineseller each weekend. For more information about music events, wine and beer tastings and dinners, and our special jazz and dinner combos, visit www.classicwineseller.com, or call 828-452-6000.

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