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The Cabarrus Arts Council Anticipates the Best Season Yet, Announces 2017-2018 Lineup

Jun 26, 2017 02:21PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

The Suffers. Photo: Daniel Jackson.

The Cabarrus Arts Council has announced their lineups this season, and it looks like it's going to be one for the books.

“The season itself has the most variety in musical genres we have had yet,” said Cabarrus Arts Council CEO and President Noelle Rhodes Scott. “I am really excited about it and think our audiences will be, too.”

The Listening Room, a show that gives local creatives the opportunity to perform onstage at The Davis, is set to open come January. The Davis Theatre lineup is anticipated to be one of the best seasons yet, and this year the Galleries marks its 10th anniversary. There is plenty to look forward to!

The Listening Room

Also happening on The Davis stage is the Listening Room, a show that gives local creatives the opportunity to perform onstage. It's expected to open it's next season in 2018. 
The Listening Room will be open Thursdays at 7:30 pm January 11, March 8, and May 10.

The Davis

This season at The Davis has generated an anticipation within the community, the quality and variety unlike other seasons we've seen. 
“I’m thrilled that we are going to be able to present this caliber of artistic lineup in our small beautiful space, because each one of them can fill out an arena or festival,” said Performing Arts Director Bunny Nash. “This is going to be one of our best seasons ever.”

The Suffers

The Suffers. Photo: Daniel Jackson.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:30 pm, $35

Funky with a smooth and cool vibe, The Suffers mixes classic soul, rock & roll and reggae into a groove called Gulf Coast Soul. A lively 10-piece rhythm and horn ensemble, fronted by Kam Franklin’s smoky vocals, The Suffers has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

Raul Midón

Raul Midón

Friday, October 20, 2017, 8 pm, $35

Badass and Blind, the title of Raul Midón’s latest album, describes the soulful singer’s style to perfection. A virtuoso who has been blind since birth, Midón’s voice and guitar lay down the beat, the melody and the harmony with a syncopated pulse and a jazz-influenced flair. A sought-after musician among other musicians, Midón has performed with Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah and Jason Mraz.

Martha Redbone Roots Project

Martha Redbone

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8 pm, $35

Martha Redbone’s roots are firmly planted in the bluegrass and folk music she grew up with in the Appalachian Mountains, but her teenage years were spent in pre-gentrified Brooklyn, and that’s where the blues and funk took hold. Influenced by her Native American and African American heritage, Redbone’s music is a stunning culmination of Native American, funk, Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues.

The Hillbenders’ TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

Saturday, February 17, 2018, $35; 7 & 9:30 pm, $30

You’ve never heard The Who’s classic rock opera, Tommy, played this way! Listen as The Hillbenders recreate the entire 1969 album about a pinball wizard with their trademark bluegrass style.

Mike Farris

Mike Farris

Friday, April 13, 2018, 8 pm, $35

2015 GRAMMY® Award Winner Mike Farris, the first recipient of the Best Roots Gospel Album, performs his soulful blend of modern and classic gospel that’s paired with southern rock and soul.

Jeff Whittington

Jeff Whittington Show

Thursdays, October 12, 2017, April 26, 2018, 7:30 pm, $16

North Carolina Banjo Champion Jeff Whittington returns to the Davis Theatre for his traditional bluegrass show, a fan favorite for those who love authentic early bluegrass.

The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show

The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8 pm, $30

A holiday celebration for the whole family, The Barefoot Movement performs season favorites from Perry Como’s It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas to Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Christmas Don’t be Late. Audiences won’t ever find shoes on the band’s members, but they will find out why they were named Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Jim Avett

Jim Avett

Friday, March 2, 2018, 8 pm, $20

Cabarrus County native Jim Avett travels the country performing gospel and country music in listening rooms and festivals throughout the year, but he always makes time for Davis Theatre audiences.

The Malpass Brothers

Malpass Brothers
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8 pm, $30

Following in the tradition of legends like Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, The Malpass Brothers perform classic country songs reminiscent of a bygone era. Their repertoire of originals follow suit, too. Consummate entertainers, The Malpass Brothers’ one-liners, quips, and stories will have the audience tapping their toes and in stitches at the same time.

Tickets go on sale at midnight, July 3 at They’ll also be available July 3rd by stopping into the arts council, 65 Union Street, South, downtown Concord, or calling the Box Office at (704) 920-2753, M-F, 10 am-4 pm. 

The Galleries

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Galleries. To celebrate, their first exhibition, Ten, will feature new works from artists who have previously exhibited in The Galleries.
Clay, the next exhibition, is a community favorite that features NC potters exclusively. Every piece is for sale, and the prices are very affordable, just in time for the holidays.
Origin Story is co-curated by local artist Gordon James and will feature a small group of artists Cabarrus Arts Council Curator Rebecca Collins and he select.
Sometimes is expected to be a favorite exhibition due to it’s interactive nature, asking people to finish the thought “Sometimes…” on a sticky note to post in The Galleries.
“Curating The Galleries’ new season of exhibitions has been such a fulfilling experience because it’s so varied,” said Curator Rebecca Collins. “It begins with a bit of nostalgia, through Ten, and ends with the community taking on the role as artist – exhibiting their own thoughts in Sometimes.”

To learn more about the exciting things happening this season, visit

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