Statesville, NC

Special performances highlight May offerings by Piedmont Folkways

Kim McKinney
Rev. Robert Jones & Matt WatrobaPhoto byJones & Watroba

Rev. Robert Jones & Matt Watroba are coming back to Statesville, through Piedmont Folkways, on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

The duo performed three shows in Statesville last year to enthusiastic audiences and were excited to have the opportunity to come back this year to play in a place with an atmosphere they grew to love.

Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. they will perform their Common Chords show. Common Chords is the name they have given to their mission to teach the concept of storytelling in music and to look for the common experiences that bind us through our stories and the arts.

Saturday night’s show at 8 p.m. is called the History of American Roots Music.

Tickets for each show are $10 and available at Eventbrite. They will also be available at the door. The shows will be held at WAME, at the Randy Marion studio, 101 A. Center St. in Statesville (clock tower building).

For more information on Rev. Jones, the shows, and nonprofit he began, you can find more information here. For more information on Watroba go here.

Another special upcoming show is Milan Miller & Patrick Crouch, Saturday May 13, 2023, at the Iredell Arts Council Old Jail venue at 203 S. Meeting St. Tickets for this show are also $10 at Eventbrite, or available at the door.

Miller was named Songwriter of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2020. His songs have been recorded by some of the top acts in bluegrass.

Crouch is a member of the trio Strictly Clean & Decent and also in the group Red Rocking Chair. He operates Ticknock Studio in Lenoir.

Both Miller & Crouch (or Milan & Crouch) are known for their depth as musicians and ability to collaborate.

But there’s more! Free shows (donations accepted) are happening each Wednesday night in May at 7:30 p.m. at WAME, in the Randy Marion studio, 101 A. Center St. in Statesville (clock tower building). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Appearing this month are:

- David Childers & the Serpents - 5/10

- Catfish in the Sky - 5/17

- His & Hers - 5/24

- Danny Wicker - 5/31

For all Piedmont Folkways-sponsored shows in May, call or text 336.692.3850 for reserved seating.

Piedmont Folkways promotes and preserves the tradition of acoustic “roots” music - such as folk, blues, and gospel.

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