Clam Jam Stage (Main Stage)
Friday, October 5, 2012
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Live remotes with WRNS at Main Stage
5:00 pm – Johnny Orr Band – Country Mix
The Johnny Orr Band has opened for country music’s biggest stars like: Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Little Big Town, Gretchen Wilson, Leann Rimes and many more. Johnny had a full time job as a music minister at a church until September of 2010. He realized that his trips to Nashville, Tn. had been very few in 2010 so he knew that some drastic action had to be taken. He believed that the church deserved to have someone there that was completely committed to them and someone that didn’t have dreams of their own outside of the church. So, he left and ventured out on his own. “God gave me these abilities and I intend to use them for Him and for the good of my family’s wellbeing” Johnny says.
Johnny also does over 100 impersonations which include: Larry the Cable Guy, Barney Fife, Forest Gump, all of the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, and so much more. He’s using this ability to generate a broader audience and to make the Johnny Orr Live experience a more enjoyable show.
7:00 pm – Backseat Romeo – Top 40 Mix
Backseat Romeo was founded in late 2003. It was only meant to be a temporary arrangement, but it all came together and made us better than the sum of our parts. The lineup has changed, but the dedication to making people lose their cares still remains. The real goal in doing what we do is to challenge people’s perceptions about music. The world has a way of putting you in a narrow little category and locking the doors on you. So we try to chip away at those preconceived notions of not only music, but life itself. The walls between people were designed to obscure the truth about us . . . we all have hearts made of the same stuff. Having influences that range from: classical, blues, funk, rock, jazz and old soul makes the music unique in range and variety. The live show is not to be missed.
9:00 pm – Millenia Funk’n Band – Retro
The Millenia Funk’n Band hails from Wilmington, NC and covers a wide variety of music ranging from pop and rock to funk and soul. Mike Lewis (lead vocals) presents an impressive range, accurately recreating Al Green, Prince, Axel Rose and Rick James just to name a few. Guitarist, Jonathan Easterlin (AKA Juan Solo) adds to the band’s diversity with funky rhythms, crushing riffs and shredding guitar solos, making guitar parts from Van Halen, Ozzy and Journey look easy. Graham Barnes (Bass) and Benjamin Baldwin (drums) hold down a tight rhythm section and create a heavy groove through rock, soul and funk/dance songs by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Sublime, Billy Idol, Adel and much more.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
11:00 am – Jeanne Jolly
Singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly broke onto the music scene as the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Touring all through North America she had the opportunity to sing with world renowned symphonies and perform at venues like Carnegie Hall and play marquee events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival.
A diverse, classically trained vocalist, Jolly’s voice is said to embody the “early belting power of Linda Ronstadt” (MetroMusicScene, VA) combined “the delicate lilt of Alison Krauss” (NC Metro Magazine). Born in North Carolina, Jolly was the recipient of Western Carolina University’s Young Alumni Award and has earned a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. Upon completing her schooling, Jolly moved to L.A. where her career quickly took off. In addition to working with Botti, she began to explore different styles of music, recording with acclaimed songwriters Lowen & Navarro and country artist Bob Woodruff.
After her tenure with Botti came to an end Jolly found herself being pulled back to her Southern roots. Soon she co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded her first country/Americana EP (Jan, 2008) and started a band in Los Angeles. In 2009, Jolly moved back to North Carolina where she began to focus on developing her guitar skills, sharpening her solo performance, and focusing on writing more of her own songs. It wasn’t long until she once again found herself in the company of Grammy nominated artists, opening up for Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Chuck Mead, and many more.
In October 2010 Jolly released her new EP, Falling In Carolina, which has garnered top praise for honest lyrics and quality vocals. Recorded in Durham, NC at SoundPure studios and released over an 11 day run of 29 shows at the 2010 NC State Fair in Raleigh, the album features Jolly on vocals, baritone ukulele, piano and guitar. Jolly has also been the recipient of NC Metro Magazine’s award for “Best Local Musician” in 2010, 2011, and was also a featured artist at the 2011 International Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN. She has recently joined the family of Grammy nominated NC based group, The Foreign Exchange . Jolly is featured on their live DVD, Dear Friends: An Evening with The Foreign Exchange and is contributing vocals to support theirAuthenticity Tour.
Jeanne just finished her own memorable Summer Tour through the Northwest, playing the Red Ants Pants Music Festival along with Emmy Lou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll, Billy Jo Shaver, Taj Mahal, & Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, MT, and other venues through Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Utah. On the airwaves, Jeanne has recently been featured live on WUNC’s “State of Things” (NPR) with Frank Stasio, 100.7 The River’s Sunday Brunch with Kitty Kinnin, G105 The Hit Music Channel’s “Showgram” & “Top Five Downloads” with G105′s Mike Morse, KGLT’s program “Crossroads” out of Spokane, WA as well as WHQR’s “Soup to Nuts Live!” (NPR) with George Schiebner. Currently, she is gearing up to release her first full length album, Angels, which is set to release on Oct. 2. 2012. “She is undeniably a versatile singer with an amazing and rare ability to sing with the sophistication of modern jazz and the simple passion of an Appalachian Americana. Jolly has a gorgeous voice that isn’t something you hear or happen upon everyday” Common Folk Review.
1:30 pm – Barefoot Wade – Mix with Steele
Barefoot Wade has opened up for a wide range of national acts. Some of these include David Allan Coe, Molly Hatchet, beach bands like The Band of OZ and Embers, along with several of the bigger jam bands like Lotus, Ekoostic Hookah, DJ Williams Project, Purple Schoolbus and the side bands of String Cheese Incident and The Disco Biscuits. Entertaining a crowd comes naturally to him and he always manages to make the audience feel that they are an important part of the performance as well. Wade spends most of his time on the road promoting himself and doing the job of a manager, booking agent, and performer. He enjoys traveling and is always looking to play any city, state or country that he has never played in before. He has a strong sense of adventure, a good work ethic, and a laidback attitude that makes him a pleasure to work with. He regularly plays festivals, beach bars, college parties, fun restaurants and occasionally country bars and parties for motorcycle clubs.
3:30pm – 40 East Band – Top 40
Great music, endless entertainment, and good food are a recipe for a great day, no matter where you are. Whether you’re planning a large festival, a small venue, or anything in between; you bring the food and 40 East will bring the rest. With over a century of combined experience, our talented vocalists and musicians are second to none. Country, Rock, Pop, R&B, and more will keep you and your crowd moving for hours. Bring out the whole family, even the kids, for a day you won’t soon forget. See ya’ soon!
From the band’s earliest days, the members of Gloriana have always known that good things take time. The country trio first came together in 2008 when brothers Tom and Mike Gossin moved into Rachel Reinert’s Nashville apartment. Together they spent months in cramped quarters, surviving on Ramen Noodles while trying to shape their sound. “Gloriana are three people who have played music for their entire lives,” says Mike. “But we never really caught a break until coming together. Tom and I played in bars for 10 years, but it wasn’t until the three of us got together that we knew we had something special.” Gloriana’ s 2009 self-titled debut album soared to No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart propelled by the gold-certified single “Wild At Heart”. That same year, they spent two years on the road with Taylor Swift and won both an American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist and a coveted ACM Award for Top New Vocal Group in 2010. The band’s first single “(Kissed You) Good Night”, from their eagerly anticipated July 31st CD release, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, has shot up the Billboard Country Singles Chart. It has become Gloriana’ s fastest-rising single to date and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the group’s creative evolution – a willingness and confidence to write songs taken from personal experience and introspection.
The album, their second produced by Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Matt Serletic, is Gloriana’ s most personally revealing and emotionally resonant work to date, relaying their hopes, dreams, disappointments, and triumphs against a richly textured country backdrop. The band members co-wrote every song, often collaborating with Serletic (who has worked with Willie Nelson, The Band Perry, and Matchbox Twenty) as well as several of Nashville’s finest composers, including Josh Kear (Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum), Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride), Tommy Lee James (Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood), Stephanie Bentley (Faith Hill, Martina McBride), and Wendell Mobley (Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney).
The result is an engaging mix of up-tempo, good-time numbers (“Wanna Take You Home,” “Sunset Lovin’,” “Go On…Miss Me,” “Doin’ It Our Way”) and graceful, heartfelt songs (current Top 20 single “(Kissed You) Good Night,” “Can’t Shake You,” “Turn My World Around,” “Carolina Rose,” “Soldier Song”) that showcase Gloriana’ s signature harmonies, as well as their ear for irresistible melodies and undeniable knack for story-telling. Tom’s songs tend to deal with the allure of fame (“Gold Rush”) and how his wandering lifestyle has impacted his relationship (“Carolina Rose” and “Can’t Shake You”). “A lot of the songs on the album are written from the point of view of the person I would like to be,” he says. “’Like on ‘(Kissed You) Good Night,’ my alter ego comes in and does what I’m afraid to do in real life. It’s ultimately a song about not ending up with regrets because the worst thing is to look back on something and think, ‘I wish I had done things differently.’”
“The first night we opened for Alan Jackson, we asked him if he had any advice for a group starting out, and he said, ‘Man, it’s all about the music, make sure you stay true to the music,’” Mike says. “And I think through the growth of this band, and all the ups and downs of this rollercoaster ride that we’ve been on, it feels like we’ve finally found our place. A Thousand Miles Left Behind is it; it just feels right. This is us, Gloriana, singing about where we are in our lives and the experiences we’ve had. That’s what country music is all about.”
2007 marked the debut of SwampdaWamp with the release of their self-titled CD, a blend of rock and blues with a southern flavor, all in support of Michaels’ powerful, gravelly voice. It’s no wonder music lovers from rock to blues to country fans…from college age to baby-boomers, love this feel-good, high-octane music. Since its release, “SwampdaWamp” has garnered much critical acclaim. The CD was selected as # 11 of the TOP 23 ALBUMS OF 2007 by Eartaste.com, putting them in the company of such artists as John Fogerty, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ray Davies. Spending 8 weeks in XM Country Charts top ten peaking at #4. It also has received rave reviews from the UK’s top music publications. Winners in 2008 of the CMA award Best Southern Rock Band. In addition, they continue to receive radio airplay throughout the country on college, mainstream rock & Country as well as internet and are a favorite at XM / Sirius Satellite Radio. SwampdaWamp continues to be, at once unique and familiar, a much sought-after but rarely achieved combination of stylists.
Sunday, October 7
Beach Music Sunday
12:00 pm – Sea-Cruz – Beach Music, Pop
Sea Cruz is a sequenced group, consisting of heavy keyboards, saxophone and three lead vocalists. This combination gives you a big band and promises to deliver a complete and fun entertainment experience. Sea-Cruz musical menu includes the best of 60’s Oldies, Classic Rock, 70’s Disco, Carolina Beach and today’s hottest new songs. All of this flavored with Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Standards gives you the itinerary for a spectacular voyage. Sea-Cruz has become one of the Southeast’s top entertainment groups!
3:00 pm – Jim Quick & the Coastline Band
Quick’s been touring the Southeast US for more than 15 years, playing nearly 300 shows per year, and has released more than 11 albums including his newest, DOWN SOUTH. Originally introducing their music as the Coastline Band—a band of friends who played the Carolina beach bars day in and day out—the group pushed Quick to the forefront and naturally transformed into Jim Quick & Coastline. Known for his all-out performances and deliberate, off-the-cuff wisecracks, Jim has been a gracious recipient of the Carolina Music Awards “Entertainer Of The Year Award” – nine times. ” Strong” is exactly the word to describe Jim’s catalog, and his most recent, DOWN SOUTH, is poised to become a best-selling musical novel. With songs such as “I’m A Dog” and “Don’t Shoot The Snake,” Quick segues the comic relief of Rodney Dangerfield and Barney Fife to teddy bear tenderness in “Hurt That Bad” and “Forever Man”. The composition is the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance, grab a beer (or four), and cut-up with your friends. A melding of the genres that make up the musical culture of the South, including Country, Blues, Soul, Southern Rock and Jazz, Quick’s take on music is not to be tuned out.