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of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the North and South Carolinas Piedmont area.
Longtime friends of the Charlotte Folk Society, the legendary WBT Briarhoppers celebrate the band's 80th birthday in a concert in the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square on Saturday, August 30th, at 8 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Charlotte Folk Society members can take advantage of a special $5 discount offered to us by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Buy orchestra seats for the price of those in the balcony - $10. Buy your discounted tickets here: http://www.blumenthalarts.org/charlottefolksociety.
As they have done for decades, The Briarhoppers still open shows with their trademark question: "Do y'all know what hit is?" Be there on August 30th to answer with conviction: "Hit's Briarhopper time!"
We will be giving away a pair of tickets to this concert at the August 8th Gathering!!! To enter the drawing, just fill out an evaluation form and turn it in after the concert.
In1934, a potential advertiser called WBT's Charles Crutchfield to ask if the station had a hillbilly band to help advertise its products. Telling a fib, Crutch said, ""Yes,"" which led to the birth of the WBT Briarhoppers. The name comes from WBT announcer Bill Bivens who, during a hunting trip with Crutch, was startled by a rabbit jumping out of a thicket, and Bill yelled, "Look at that briarhopper!" At that moment, Crutch found the name for his hillbilly band. The Briarhoppers were the "rock stars" of their era - receiving up to 10,000 fan letters each week.
The original band members were Johnny McAllister, Big Bill Davis, Don White, Thorpe Westerfield, Clarence Etters, and Jane Bartlett. The last original 1934 Briarhopper, Don White, died in 2003. Billie Burton Daniel, who joined the group in 1936, is happy and well in Wilmington, North Carolina. Since that time, The WBT Briarhoppers' fans have included Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs (who filled in on banjo a few times), Curly Seckler, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and many other entertainment stars.
Through the years, the band kept going by adding new members to replace those who left the station or died. Today, Tom Warlick (bass), Alana Flowers (banjo), Hannah Flowers (fiddle), Dillon Flowers (mandolin), Donnie Little (guitar), and Little Ellie Flowers (guitar) keep the tradition of the band alive with their stage show, including the old Briarhopper songs, new songs, and the original scripted commercials of Peruna, Kolor-Bak, Zymole Trokeys, and Radio Girl Perfume. The band is proud to be the longest-continuing bluegrass band in the world. Learn more at http://wbtbriarhoppers.blogspot.com.
These fan favorites bring their own robust blend of bluegrass, folk old-time and acoustic country music to the September edition of the Charlotte Folk Society monthly Gatherings in concert at the Great Aunt Stella Center!
Robin & Linda's stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. These gifted songwriters have garnered the respect of their musical peers and had their songs covered by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Kathy Mattea to name a few.
The concert and gathering will be at the Great Aunt Stella Center, a beloved downtown landmark located at 926 Elizabeth Avenue (map here) on the edge of downtown Charlotte, was originally designed as a church. The former sanctuary offers a warm and beautiful performance space with seats for 400.
Admission. Please enter through the front doors only, which will open @ 7:00, after the sound check is done.
Handicapped Access. There is a handicap accessible entrance and an elevator for those who need it through the ground floor side door on the right side of the building (looking at the building from the parking lot).
Parking. Free surface and deck parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. The arm of the nearby parking deck goes up for the weekend at 8 PM. So, you can grab a ticket on the way into the parking deck but you will not have to pay on the way out if you leave after 8 PM. Click on the link from GoogleEarth showing how to get from the Elizabeth Ave entrance to the parking deck.
Elizabeth Avenue is now open from Kings Drive only; the intersection with McDowell Street remains closed. If arriving via the 277 loop, exit onto 4th Street and enter the parking deck via the South entrance. and yes... we'll all be grateful when this construction is complete!!! Use the map in the following link to view a suggested way to enter the parking deck from 4th Street.
To access the Great Aunt Stella Center parking, drive through the Parking Deck to get to parking spaces beside the Great Aunt Stella Center. If those are taken, you can simply park in the deck (see instructions above) and walk over. If you need to drop passengers off before parking, you can enter the parking lot off Elizabeth from King Street, then find your parking spot in the garage.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. The hour-long concert will be followed by refreshments, a Song Circle, an Old Time Instrumental Slow Jam, or an occasional fast jam. Visitors are also invited to the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting after the concert, where folks are invited to try out a "loaner" dulcimer and join their session..
CFS Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
The Charlotte Folk Society's 8th Annual Old-Time Acoustic Music Jam and Ice Cream Social takes place on Saturday, September 6th, 1 - 5 PM. We are pleased to again partner with the Charlotte Museum of History in holding this popular event on the grounds of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, 3500 Shamrock Drive, between Eastway Drive and Sharon Amity Road. The Storytellers Guild of Charlotte joins us again as a welcomed partner and Guild members will tell stories throughout the afternoon.
The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite provides the perfect setting for families to enjoy an old fashioned summer afternoon with storytelling, open jam sessions, a song circle, children's musical activities, and, of course, ice cream – as long as it lasts. Activities on the grounds are free. There is a charge to tour the Hezekiah Alexander Home.
Visit the Full Story Page to get all the details about this great outdoor family event!
If you want to buy tickets online right now,
follow this link!
A Rare Charlotte Performance by the World Famous Orpheus Supertones! Foot Stomping Music & A Contagious Good Time with Pete Peterson, Kellie Allen, Hiliary Dirlam, Clare Milliner and Walt Koken. Six-time prize winners in the prestigious traditional string band competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop WV, and prize winners galore at countless music contests, the Orpheus Supertones have set the new standard in the Old Time Appalachian Music tradition!
This concert will take place in the Harris Hall at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E 7th St Charlotte, NC. Come early to browse the Museum's exhibits, and the Museum offers complimentary parking validation after 5pm in the Seventh Street Parking Deck!
For more information about these new legends of Old Time music and how you can order tickets online, check out the Full Story Page! Be sure to guarantee your seats today!
Each year we offer "Christmas in July" [and August] by offering 1/2 price memberships for the rest of the current year. Follow this link to the CFS Membership Offer page to take advantage of this great bargain!
In 2007, as part of the Folk Society's 25th anniversary year, we produced a wonderful compact disc. 21 songs have been compiled on a single CD that represents some of the more memorable performers over our 25 year history. You'll love it! It is available for $10 at Folk Society events, or you can order it at the following link. Listen to samples; Buy the CD!
Pebble in a Pond is a documentary about the Charlotte Folk Society. This program debuted on WTVI on November 22, 2010 and has aired many times since.
Marilyn Meacham Price truly tossed a "pebble in a pond" when she founded the Charlotte Folk (Music) Society in 1982, and the ripples continue ever outward. Supported and nurtured by a succession of volunteers, the organization has not only achieved its mission, but also created a very special community in the process.
Order your copy and learn more about the Pebble in the Pond DVD today!
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