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Cabarrus County Arts & Concerts Roundup Including The World Premiere of "A Foot and a Half"

Jun 10, 2016 04:16PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

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The Old Courthouse Theater, as well as The Galleries and The Davis at the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, have some amazing art shows and lineups this season. We've compiled some highlights that you won't want to miss out on. 

The World Premiere of "A Foot and a Half" at the Old Courthouse Theatre June 10th

 "A Foot and a Half" is written by local playwright, Mrs. Andy Rassler. The play tells the story of the Meadows family. When wife and mother, Karen Meadows is rushed to the emergency room after a hit-and-run accident, her family waits and hopes for her recovery. Throughout the play, we see Karen before her accident as they all remember poignant, funny and meaningful times of their lives together. The play is directed by Will Baysinger. Opening night is June 10th at 8pm and will be at the Old Courthouse Theater

Visit their website for more details.

Unresolved on Display June 13-July 29 at The Galleries

          An exhibition exploring contemporary notions of storytelling through fine art will be on display June 13-July 29 at The Galleries in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse.

          Unresolved includes paintings, photographs, ceramics and mixed media artworks by 10 artists:      

Tami Bone, Imaginary Friends

          Tami Bone of Austin, TX, grew up in deep South Texas where she spent a childhood oftentimes free and driven by her imagination. Her photographic work today pulls from impressions made during these early beginnings that make their way into her narrative images.

          Pattie Chalmers of Carbondale, IL, is a ceramic sculptor who creates narrative tableaus using images culled from childhood tales, four-for-a-dollar comic books, movies-of-the-week, and personal experience.  She is on the art faculty at Southern Illinois University.

          Robert Crum of Salisbury is a classically trained artist who works out of a studio at ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord. He is known for working in a variety of media, including oil paintings, sculptures, mosaics, murals and watercolors. He often paints using the same materials and methods used by the Old Masters.

          Denise Duong of Oklahoma City is a Vietnamese-American mixed media artist working with paper, acrylic, and different printing techniques. Many things inspire her, including traveling, discovery, and adventure. The spontaneity of life drives her imagination.

          Andy Farkas of Asheville is a print and book artist who works with wood engraving, drypoint and etching techniques to create detailed, evocative images. He considers the true nature of his work  storytelling.

           Harriet Marshall Goode of Rock Hill can’t imagine her life without painting. She is a figure painter because she is intrigued by the shape and form of human creatures. Although they often appear amorphous, the figures are always women who represent people she knows or people she makes up because she would like to know them.

          Erik Haagensen of Greenville, TN, creates sturdy functional pottery that combines traditional firing methods and materials with odd little illustrations inspired by science fiction and fantasy. His stoneware pottery provides a delightful canvas for fine line drawings of happy, confused, drunken and lovesick monsters and aliens.

Kat Moser, Lily Pad

          Kat Moser of Snowmass, CO, is a photographer who explores the potency of the female form and the otherworldly aspects of earth and water through her elegant, ethereal and often enigmatic photographs. Using a converted infrared camera, she often depicts women as wholly integrated elements of the natural environment.

          Beth Tarkington of Marietta, GA, makes handmade ceramic pieces of earthenware clay using slab, coil and mold techniques. They are one-of-a-kind narrative works, incorporating painterly images and occasionally words. Each piece tells a story, relates an experience or relives a memory and encourages a connection between the viewer and the work.

          Yuko Nogami Taylor of Raleigh is a Tokyo native whose artistic inspiration comes from modern western art and historical Japanese art. She skillfully merges the heritage of Southern African American culture and Japanese culture into oil paintings, creating harmony between nature and people.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibition Friday, June 17, 6-9 p.m., during the downtown CONCORD ART WALK. Some of the Unresolved artists will be present, and there also will be visual art displays and entertainment all over town.

Guests will get the opportunity to take A Closer Look at the exhibition on Thursday, July 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The free event will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition and the opportunity to meet other art lovers.

The Galleries are located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St. S, Concord.  They are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition also will be open to anyone interested on Saturday, June 25, during Family Day. Tours and hands-on, exhibition-related activities for children are available.  

Admission and activities are free. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 704-920-2787 or visit

Kathy Mattea and the Drifters Headline the 2016-17 Davis Theatre Season

Kathy Mattea. Photo courtesy of

          Grammy winner Kathy Mattea and Rock and Roll of Fame inductee The Drifters will headline the 2016-17 Davis Theatre season.

           The flagship On Stage at the Davis series will open Sept. 25, with performances by Grammy Mattea who is known for hits such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses”; followed by the 2015 IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” Balsam Range, Oct. 22; Kruger Brothers, who play folk music fused with classical, Jan. 7; genre-bending cellist Ben Sollee, Feb. 11; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Drifters, March 11. Embassy Suites Concord is the Gold Sponsor of On Stage at the Davis.

          Three local favorites also will return: Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Band, Dec. 1 and May 4; Jim Avett, Feb. 2; and Jeff Little Trio, April 7.

          The Davis Theatre is located in the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse at 65 Union St. S, Concord. With just 230 seats, the state-of-the space provides an intimate venue to see a performance. Doors open one hour before each show to give theatre-goers the opportunity to peruse The Galleries located in the same building. Performers greet guests in The Galleries after the show.

          Tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, July 1. Tickets may be purchased any time online at and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m-4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753. There is a 7% discount for people who buy tickets to all five of the performances in the On Stage at the Davis series.

          Here are short descriptions of the performances:

The Acoustic Living Room, Songs and Stories with Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley, Sept. 25, 2016, two performances: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $40

Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea and longtime collaborator guitarist Bill Cooley share a musically rich partnership. The duo welcomes you into "The Acoustic Living Room" to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts, including Kathy's beloved classics "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been?" You’ll see why her 17 albums have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A rare opportunity to see this artist in a venue the size of the Davis!

Balsam Range, Bluegrass – Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 8 p.m., $35

From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smokey Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, five friends came together to form Balsam Range in 2007. They already had long solo careers with Grammy and IBMA awards and collaborations with performers such as Doc Watson and Rusty Skaggs under their belts. Their unique backgrounds and skills quickly led to hits, such as “Trains I Missed.” The 2014 and 2015 IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” blends bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.

Kruger Brothers, Folk and Classical Fusion, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, 8 p.m., $30

Originally from Switzerland, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by Flat and Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. After getting a recording contract and radio show, they teamed up with American bass player Joel Landsberg to form a trio that has played together for more than 30 years. A MerleFest favorite, their incomparable sound fuses folk and classical music.

Ben Sollee, Genre-Bending Cellist, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 8 p.m., $25

Ben Sollee is a genre-bending cellist, singer, composer and storyteller. After a Lincoln Center show, The New York Times wrote: “meticulous, fluent arrangements continually morphed from one thing to another. Appalachian mountain music gave way to the blues, and one song was appended with a fragment from a Bach cello suite, beautifully played.” Sollee is known for inventive arrangements and combining his classical training with bluegrass and pop.

The Drifters, Doo-wop, R&B/Soul, Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8 p.m., $44

The Drifters

“Up on the Roof.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “This Magic Moment.” “There Goes My Baby.” “Dance with Me.” “Spanish Harlem.” “Stand by Me.”On Broadway.” The Drifters’ 50-song hit list is packed with doo-wop and R&B/soul songs you know and love. The iconic band was in the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is one of the best-selling bands of all time with 214 million singles and 114 million albums. The band’s phenomenal current line-up continues the legacy!  This performance is sponsored by Hilbish Ford.

Jeff Whittington Bluegrass Holiday Show, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m., $16

Get in the holiday spirit with a festive bluegrass show hosted by Jeff Whittington, a North Carolina Banjo Champion who was a staff musician on the syndicated Arthur Smith Show. He will be joined by John Culbreath, a South Carolina Banjo Champion, on fiddle; Pete Corum, who was in the movie Cottonpatch Gospel, on bass; Mike Wood, whose first major show was Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival, on guitar; and Jason Wood, who has played with bluegrass legend Curly Seckler, on mandolin. There will be an additional non-holiday show on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Jim Avett, Folk and Country, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m., $20
Jim Avett grew up in a home surrounded by music. He never quit playing, but for 35 years he put providing for his family first. Since retiring, he has made up for lost time with a coast to coast touring and a handful of CDs. He plays folk, country and gospel songs and his original ballads that tell stories. See where Scott and Seth of The Avett Brothers got their first inspiration!

Jeff Little Trio, Appalachian music, Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m., $25
Jeff Little makes piano his lead instrument, rare in Appalachian or Americana music. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He is joined by Steve Lewis, a two-time National Banjo Champion and MerleFest Guitar Champion, and Josh Scott, a highly sought after bassist. Back at the Davis by popular demand!

          For more information, visit the websites listed with the performers or call the arts council at 704-920-2753. 

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