Marshall Ballew to Open September's Weekend Music Performances at the Classic Wineseller

Arts & Entertainment
The Classic Wineseller
20 Church Street, Waynesville, NC
Kay S. Miller
Sep 06, 2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Source: Marshall Ballew performs this Friday night at 7pm LIVE at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.


Remaining September performances are:

Friday, September 13 - James Hammel guitar and vocals, jazz & popular music

James Hammel was introduced to jazz guitar by jazz great Sal Salvador. Salvador predicted that Hammel would one day pursue a career in music. However, music remained on the sidelines during Hammel’s 20-year detour building and leading large companies.

In 2001, Hammel was positioned at the top of New York City’s corporate ladder.  The terrorist attacks of 9/11 became the catalyst for Hammel’s adventurous leap from being CEO to being singer/songwriter/musician.

Hammel recorded his first full-length CD, Do It All Over Again, in 2005. Five years later  he released Come Together. Hammel and his band have performed in New York City at venues such as The Metropolitan Room, Satalla, Julian's, PM, and Kavehaz (The Gallery). He also has performed at the former CBGB's Gallery and The Bitter End.

Hammel's music is highly charged with a voice that brings forth a boyish sense of charm and innocence while still having the ability to transition from a crooner to a full pop/rock performer. For more information visit

Saturday, September 14 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals

Friday, September 20 - Jay Brown guitar, harmonica, vocals

Jay Brown has been playing guitar since the age of seven and writing music since he was a teenager. His performance repertoire contains more than 50 original songs, as well as covers from a wide range of genres. A favorite of Classic Wineseller fans is Brown’s rendition of Duke Ellington’s “What a Wonderful World.” He sings and performs on a number of instruments including piano, guitar, steel guitar, percussion, and harmonica.

Brown has spent years traveling and playing across the United States. His musical tastes found a vehicle for expression when he became a founding member of the old-time swing band, Lazybirds, a band that blends a variety of musical styles, including jazz and blues, to create fresh and soul-stirring sounds. He has performed with the Old Crow Medicine Show, and musical legends Etta Baker and Doc Watson.

Saturday, September 21 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals

Friday, September 27 - Valorie Miller guitar, vocals

Valorie Miller is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina. She got her start as a musician in the late 1990s when the North Carolina Arts Council awarded her an Emerging Artist grant to make her first recording. From there she has recorded independent CDs, gained recognition from many prestigious venues and contests, and toured the United States and overseas. Miller was named a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, two-time top finalist in the North Carolina Songwriting Contest, and top finalist in the Great American Song Contest.

She has performed at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York and The Continental Club in Austin, Texas—and virtually every place between. She has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Jennifer Nettles, Wilco, and Patty Larkin. Nashville’s Grammy-winning songwriter, Larry Cordle, says, “Go see Valorie Miller and listen to her stark, wonderfully crafted stories of longing, escaping love’s clutches, love of her homeland in the North Carolina mountains... Valorie is a beautiful girl with great stories to tell in song and a beautiful voice to convey them with.” For more information visit

Saturday, September 28 - Live Music + Dinner event at 7:00pm with Musica Nostra. Mandolin, guitar, vocals, Italian and Mediterranean folk music, $39.99 per, four-course Italian dinner, reservations at 452-6000.

Musica Nostra, "Our Music" in 'Italiano', is a unique ensemble that performs old Italian and Mediterranean mandolin music. The group is comprised of Dick Hull, first mandolin; Bob Kogut, second mandolin; and, Joseph Hasty, guitar. The musical arrangements were handed down to band leader Dick Hull by his Italian grandfather Giovanni (John) Napoleone and his brother Domenico (Dominic). Musical selections include: old Italian and classical  pieces; opera overtures; ragtime numbers; original compositions; and, marches and novelty pieces performed on two mandolins and guitar.

The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville’s premiere retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant, and intimate live music venue presents local, regional, or national talent each Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. The Classic Wineseller kitchen opens at 5:30pm on weekend evenings serving freshly prepared small plate fare. For more information visit or call 828-452-6000.