Beat the heat at BoCo Summer Concert Series

Published 12:22 am Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hey folks, I want to tell you about the BoCo Summer Concert Series and the show this weekend at the Turnage Theater.

Scotty Henley, Joey Toler and I decided to work together to present a summer concert series at the Turnage. Each of us would be responsible for presenting shows that would be affordable and feature two performing groups, an emerging artist whose talent has readied them for a show at the Turnage, and an opening act that, if possible, would feature fresh talent with a local connection.

On June 4, the opening show featured the Charming Youngsters and the Drake Brothers. It was just what we were looking for — fresh young talent playing their hearts out in the nicest place that they had probably ever had an opportunity to play in for a very appreciative audience. We were particularly proud of the performance by the local Drake Brothers in their Turnage debut.

Saturday night is the next show of the series, and it features two groups with very strange names — Sinful Savage Tigers and Both. Sinful Savage Tigers is a talented group of young musicians playing acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass and drums. Most of the songs are original compositions, folk-based and delivered with fresh imaginative arrangements. The name isn’t what you would expect to be associated with an acoustic folk band, but that’s what it is. BCTMA is pleased to book them for the BoCo Summer Concert Series at the Turnage Theater.

The opening act, Both, jokingly bills itself as the “world’s second-loudest folk band.” Three of the musicians in this group performed in the popular Raleigh-based band The Cooks during the mid-1980s. Both performed locally at Music In The Streets in 2009 and 2010. The band was lured to this area by its drummer, Craig Newton, to visit at his house here on the Pamlico River. I’ve known this group, particularly their bass player, David Penny, since the early 1980s. David was my roommate at N.C. State back then. Both claims as influences a diverse group of performers, from the Kingston Trio to the Kinks. Both also performs interesting compositions written and arranged by the band’s members.

So folks, come on out and see these two bands with strange names this weekend. The show starts at 8 p.m., and you can visit or the box office (summer hours noon to 3 p.m.) to reserve your seats, or just come on out the night of the show. We hope that you can come to this great show we have planned for you this Saturday night. If you cannot come but don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience and support the BoCo Summer Concert Series, then make plans now to attend the next three shows. On July 9, The Barefoot Movement and Olde Fiddle Case — young acoustic string-band pickers and singers — will perform. On July 23, get a taste of Ocrafolk with the Katy Mitchell Band and the Barnraisers. The last show Aug. 6 features Uncle Mountain and Koostic Thang — now there’s something a little different!

Come on out to the show! This is your chance to break out of the humdrum heat of summer and have a good time with real live folks making real good music. We need your help to continue to promote downtown Washington as a place where art and music is a driving force in the fabric and future of our community by attending and supporting the BoCo Summer Concert Series.

I hope we’ll see you at the Turnage on Saturday night at 8 o’clock.

Rob Cuthrell represents the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association, a presenting partner of the BoCo Summer Concert Series. BCTMA is associated with and receives advisory support from the Beaufort County Arts Council.