Piano Man Joe Cruz. Guitar Sensation Jacob Johnson Perform this Weekend at the Classic Wineseller

By Kay Stegall Miller | Jun 23, 2014
Courtesy of: Jacob Johnson

Waynesville, NC - The Classic Wineseller welcomes Joe Cruz (piano, ukulele, vocals) on Friday, June 27 at 7pm, and guitar sensation Jacob Johnson on Saturday, June 28 at 7pm at 20 Church Street. The Wineseller's retail shop opens at 11am Tuesday through Saturday, and the restaurant opens at 4pm Wednesday through Saturday serving small plate and tapas-style cuisine.

Joe Cruz appears regularly at the Classic Wineseller performing the best of the Beatles and Elton John, as well as original tunes. He can also be heard each Thursday evening playing solo piano at the Wineseller. In the past two months, Cruz has added tunes by Sting and others played on his ukulele.

Cruz grew up singing and playing piano in church in New York City. As a young man he performed at clubs throughout NYC--eventually playing in several countries and opening for Chicago, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Average White Band. He lives in Maggie Valley with his wife and two daughters.

Jacob 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 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.

The Classic Wineseller presents local, regional, or national talent each week. Enjoy wine tastings and weekly food and drink specials. There is a $10 per person minimum which includes food, drink, and retail purchases. Reservations are accepted between 6pm and 7pm by calling 828-452-6000. Visit www.classicwineseller.com for additional information.

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