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On Huffington Post: Got joy? Watch the premiere of the Melmark Joybells video ‘Ooh La La’

When is the last time you felt joy? I mean pure, unadulterated joy? As adults, the kind of joy we experienced as children just swinging on the playground or spinning around on a merry-go-round can be as elusive as buying that winning lottery ticket. This post also appears on The Huffington Post blog here.

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2016 Piedmont Blues Preservation Society winners perform at IBC ‘Memphis or Bust Showcase and Fundraiser’ on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Greensboro’s The Blind Tiger

From the good folks at the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Piedmont Blues Preservation Society (PBPS) 2016 Blues Challenge winners Gabe Morales (Youth), Seth Williams and Terry VunCannon (Duo) and Laura Blackley & The Wildflowers (Band) are set to perform at the “Memphis or Bust Showcase and Fundraiser,” on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $10 for non-PBPS members, $8 for PBPS members and are available at the door. The event also includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and an Autographed Guitar Raffle. Williams and VunCannon can be heard performing at 7 p.m. Friday at the Muddy Creek Cafe, 5455 Bethania Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Williams and VunCannon are also playing another fundraiser for the trip from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at The Mad Bean in Madison, North Carolina. Continue reading


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Dave Jordan & The NIA to heat up The Rives Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 14

The Rives Theatre,  215 East Church St., will heat up uptown Martinsville, Virginia, on Saturday, Jan. 14, with the sounds of New Orleans’ Dave Jordan and The NIA. Music starts at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.) and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2728000. Season passes are accepted and complimentary tickets are available to Chamber members through the Chamber.

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MerleFest adds The Avett Brothers, Chatham County Line, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers and Sierra Hull to 30th anniversary lineup

From the good folks at MerleFest:

WILKESBORO, N.C.  – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-30, 2017, is proud to announce six more additions to the 2017 lineup: The Avett Brothers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Chatham County Line Electric Holiday, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers and Sierra Hull.

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Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers (Reunited!) among latest added to Rooster Walk 9 band lineup

This just in from the good folks at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival:

Progressive stringband Greensky Bluegrass and legendary reunited reggae band The Wailers will top the lineup for the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, set for May 25-28, 2017 just outside of Martinsville, Virgina. The two bands were announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, along with new additions Anders Osborne, Anderson East, The Motet, Susto, Mission in the Rain, Juliana MacDowell and “artist at large” Josh Shilling.

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Town Mountain, Caleb Caudle to perform on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Yadkinville, N.C., as part of Sounds of the Mountains concert series

The Yadkin Arts Council kicks off its 2017 Sounds of the Mountain Music Series, co-presented with Blue Ridge Music Center, with  Town Mountain  and special guest, Winston-Salem’s own Caleb Caudle , at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

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