Friday, June 3, White Squirrel Main Stage
Asheville, NC-based BrassFunkRock band Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) has a lot to say with a big sound. Chock-full of serious groove from a thumping rhythm section highlighted by lush horn arrangements played by a thick horn section, the band’s compositional roots, as well as it’s creative and collaborative soul contribute lots of depth in their original tunes and covers that speak volumes to ESB’s evolution.
Founded in 2012, ESB has grown from a party band of friends playing New Orleans-originated or inspired second-line and funk tunes with elements of rock and jam. Now, it consists of a collective of players, singers, songwriters and producers who have found an original sound that fuses their individual musical influences with fresh ideas while still holding true to their foundation.
Saturday, June 4, Courthouse Gazebo
Saturday, June 4, Broad Street Plaza
Naomie April is a singer and songwriter from western North Carolina. Composing since the age of seven and entering the recording studio at age twelve, her songs are deep and rolling like the mountains she grew up around. She writes ballads filled with allegory and sings them with the big timbre of her soul.
Soaring operatic pop rock, rooted in the blues — her music is raw, highly vulnerable, and real down to the core — translating her lived experiences into a message that is relatable to every human heart. Her liberating style is influenced by synesthesia, the ability to experience colors with multiple senses, and a composition combined of classical and jazz music theory.
Saturday, June 4, Brevard Music Center, Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
NC Guitar Celebration
On Saturday, June 4th, acoustic guitars will be abundance in Brevard as iconic guitarist and multi-award winning Bryan Sutton hosts the first annual North Carolina Guitar Celebration at Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.
The concert is the culmination of Sutton’s Blue Ridge Guitar Camp that will feature Bryan Sutton and American dobro legend Jerry Douglas, bluegrass veteran Peter Rowan, along with the instructors, David Grier, Courtney Hartman (formerly of Della Mae), Grant Gordy and Michael Daves. Other guest musicians include Woody Platt and Nicky Sanders of the Steep Canyon Rangers, musician and artist Shannon Whitworth, guitar virtuoso Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway, Piedmont blues luminary and Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Dom Flemons, GRAMMY-nominated Americana duo Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, and more.