Wow. It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend music wise in the Piedmont. Here’s just a few offerings to get you started. If I am missing any, please share! And be sure to get out, support these emerging artists and enjoy!
Friday, July 31, 7 p.m. The Mad Bean — Madison, N.C.
Mason Via and Friends. Mason caught my ear at RoosterWalk 7 and he is going to host tonight’s ever-popular open mic night , which promises to be even more entertaining with this talented young man from Danbury, N.C., in the house. Coffee house that is. That also serves food and local wines and craft beers.
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m. Ziggy’s — Winston-Salem, N.C.
Caleb Caudle and Lukas Nelson. If you missed Caleb’s performance at PhuzzPhest, you can catch his solo set tonight at Ziggy’s where he is opening for Willie Nelson’s uber talented son. Caleb has a new album on the horizon, but in the meantime, if you haven’t heard, “Paint Another Layer on My Heart,” go to Amazon.com, buy it right now and give it a listen. I think he is poised to be the next Jason Isbell, but better. You heard it here first.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m. Autumn Creek Vineyards — Stoneville, N.C.
Emma Lee, a UNC grad and Greensboro, N.C., native has been compared to LeeAnn Womack. I haven’t had a chance to hear her yet, but I want to. You can find out for yourself if you head to Autumn Creek’s Music in the Vines series.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m. Lucky’s Saloon — Burlington, N.C.
Carri Smithey, who was a finalist in this year’s MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, is bringing her original country sound to Lucky’s Saloon. Those who turn out to hear this singer-songwriter are going to be the lucky ones.