The Wildcard (Showcase D1): Ashley Gearing and Andrea Young, well-known in Nashville's music scene for their impressive individual achievements, united during their touring days in Farewell Angelina. Amidst the pandemic, they delved into joint songwriting and recognized their unique musical synergy. The "wildcards" of past projects birthed their own group. The duo combines robust vocals, Ashley’s rhythmic guitar, and Andrea's fierce fiddle skills. Teamed with their songwriting prowess, they've garnered praise from American Songwriter and CMT. Their performances blend original hits and beloved covers. Notably, they've opened for artists like Gary LeVox and Mitchell Tenpenny. With featured singles "Light On" and "Pour The Wine," their "Bar Room Sessions" collection showcases their engaging live artistry. This acoustic, lively duo is engaging, delightful, and energetic.
Jon Lehrer Dance Company (Showcase D2): Jon Lehrer Dance Company will present excerpts of their world-renowned repertory, highlighting their signature combination of athleticism, artistry, and entertainment. JLDC's highly physical modern/jazz aesthetic keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with dynamic, accessible dance performances. According to Dance Magazine, "The company took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer’s strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles."
Backtrack Vocals (Virtual Showcase 1D): Backtrack Vocals is a 5-person professional a cappella singing group that transforms familiar pop, funk, Motown, standards, and Broadway songs with all-new vocal (and beatbox) arrangements. The group regularly performs on stages throughout the nation at performing arts centers, music festivals, corporate events, private parties, workshops, and schools. Capitalizing on their fresh sound, they began their musical journey by launching a YouTube channel, where their unique music videos featuring new arrangements of songs by Sia, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Michael Jackson, and Shawn Mendes (to name a few!) have garnered over 10 million views. Backtrack Vocals recently won New York's Got Talent Season 6, and other high-profile appearances include television spots on NBC, FOX, PBS, Steve Harvey's daytime show STEVE!, and Broadway's Kinky Boots.Click HERE to learn more about Backtrack Vocals
Andrew Finn Magill (Showcase D3): Andrew Finn Magill is a multi-genre violinist specializing in jazz & Brazilian music. He has been featured on PBS, NPR, and MTV, and is a Fulbright Fellow and North Carolina Arts Council Fellow. On October 27th, Ropeadope Records will release Magill's The Polaris Project, featuring 5x Grammy-winner Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), Leah Song (Rising Appalachia), and Justin Watt (the Glenn Miller Orchestra), among others.
Soul of Langston (Showcase D4): What would be of hip-hop if Langston Hughes never took to poetry or of Civil Rights if the Harlem Renaissance never flourished? Soul of Langston answers that question in a one-man show that explores the life and contributions of American poet, playwright, and civil-rights activist Langston Hughes. In his study room, Langston reflects back on the tragedies and triumphs that constructed his life and the worldwide impact of his literary accomplishments...going from "busboy and poet" to becoming Harlem’s Wonder, helping establish the Civil Rights movement through the Harlem Renaissance. SoL takes the bitter-sweet wit and wisdom of Langston’s poetry, fused with jazz and blues, and translates it into an inspiring story of resilience and persistence, daring you to Dream!
El Javi (Virtual Showcase 2D): El Javi fuses the rich tapestry of flamenco guitar with contemporary threads through original compositions and re-invented cover songs. His instrumental music explores the emotive possibilities outside of lyrical expression, guiding the listeners through ardent stories of sound.
Jâca (Showcase D5): World music fusion duo extraordinaire, Jâca, combines clarinet and guitar to bring an adventurous, passionate, and completely original style to the stage. They will perform samples from their show, which is a virtuosic, vibrant, and hilarious musical adventure around the world.
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Showcase Production Manager: Tracy Francis, email@example.com, 919-360-1750
Exhibit Coordinator: Bunny Nash, firstname.lastname@example.org, 812-264-6735
Registration Coordinator: Tia Canada, email@example.com, 910-265-8365
Marketing & Development Coordinator: MaryJo Birschbach, firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-949-4099 (ext. 2)
NCPC Executive Director: Cathy Gouge, email@example.com, 828-949-4099 (ext. 1)
This project was funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.