In partnership with The Blue Ridge Parkway Music Center, SECCA is proud to announce that multi-instrumentalist David Holt will be the featured performer for Crossroads @ SECCA #018!
Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. | McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium
Please join us for an evening of traditional American music and storytelling. Amythyst Kiah will also perform her unique style of alternative country and blues.
Tickets for the show are on sale now! Advance tickets are $25 for general admission and $30 for VIP tickets (reserved seating area and custom letterpress poster), and $35 for general admission and $40 for VIP tickets when purchased on the day of the show.
Holt will be joined by his band - Josh Goforth and Will McIntyre - as well as by special guest Amythyst Kiah (http://amythystkiah.com/), an exciting, young African-American folksinger from Johnson County, Tennessee with a rich and soulful voice reminiscent of Odetta. Amythyst draws heavily from old-time mountain music, blues and R&B, deftly fusing traditional roots music with her own style.
"David Holt is a four-time Grammy Award winner and host of the critically acclaimed PBS/UNC-TV show "David Holt's State of Music," which spotlights masters of the American music genre in hopes of introducing them to a broader audience," said Andy Tennille, curator of the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series. "For this special Crossroads @ SECCA performance, David will recreate his hit television show live onstage, including performances with his own band as well as with special guest Amythyst Kiah. It's sure to be an incredible night of music and storytelling."
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.
Food trucks and beer from Foothills Brewing will be available for purchase.
Crossroads #018 is made possible by support from our generous partners and sponsors: The Blue Ridge Music Center, Excalibur Direct Marketing, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Great Outdoor Provision Company, and Foothills Brewing.
About David Holt
David Holt has been an advocate for traditional mountain music and Southern folk tales for several decades. He has immersed himself in Appalachian culture, collecting stories and songs, which are at the core of his performances. He plays ten instruments including a 122 year-old mountain banjo. This collection of songs and tales are archived in the Library of Congress. A native of Garland, Texas, Holt moved to California, where he graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in biology and art. He founded and directed the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College. Since 1981, he has pursued a full-time career in entertainment.
About Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah music draws heavily from Old Time sources(Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family) and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She inspired by contemporary artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Thom Yorke, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt). Her solo album, "Dig", is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content regarding such themes as loss, betrayal, and murder. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Edinburgh Blues Festival and was recently featured on the PBS show "David Holt's State of Music."
About Crossroads @ SECCA
Launched in 2011, the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series aims to provide attendees with an extraordinary evening of music, art, food and drink featuring world-class musicians in an intimate concert environment. To date, the series has hosted Lonnie Holley, Ben Sollee, David Eggar, Gillian Welch, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Leon Russell, Jim White, The South Memphis String Band, David Grisman & Del McCoury, Charles Walker & the Dynamites, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Justin Townes Earle, Phil Cook, Caleb Caudle, Loamlands, Dean & Britta, William Tyler, Patterson Hood, Hiss Golden Messenger, Odyssey 5, Love Language, Estrangers, Chris Stamey and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
"SECCA's Crossroads concert series has secured a firm foothold as one of the Piedmont's most innovative and maybe even the Triad's premiere concert series."
Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly
About Blue Ridge Music Center
The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1997, with support from The National Council for the Traditional Arts, The Music Center includes an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor interpretive center/theater, and The Roots of American Music, a FREE interactive, and entertaining, exhibition highlighting the historical significance of the region's music. Trace the history of Blue Ridge Mountain Music through local artists back to the creation of the music generations ago by persons from Europe and West Africa, and shows its' continued influence on many forms of folk, rock, and popular music made across America today. The Blue Ridge Music Center is operated by The National Park Service, and the Music Center's programming is coordinated through a partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.