One of the most perfect unions of staging the right event at just the right venue has been the annual music festival hosted at the Kroc Center by Eryn Eubanks, one of this area’s most talented performers.
It’s a natural fit since Eubanks’ clean-cut and family oriented musical offerings are in line with the Kroc Center’s own community outreach work at promoting healthy lifestyles and family values.
The sixth annual Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold Music Festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the auditorium of the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St. General admission is $10 with ages 12 and younger admitted free.
Besides a day of music there will be artists, vendors and Sconyers barbecue. Pickers are welcome to bring their acoustic instruments and jam at the festival.
The event started in 2007 as a Christmas concert staged by Eubanks and her band for children with developmental disabilities and evolved into the festival.
It was held the first two years at the Lynndale school and training center off Eisenhower Drive and was moved to Julian Smith Casino in 2010.
The fourth year it moved to the then-new Kroc Center, where Eubanks has been teaching music lessons.
Eubanks has been one of the busiest artists around since she was a teenager. She and her band perform on Augusta Canal tour boats, in area theaters and at other festivals.
You can find her most every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Bible Deliverance Temple at Eve and Fenwick streets leading a free acoustic jam session. Anyone can bring an acoustic instrument and play along.
PETER ROWAN IN THE IMPERIAL: Name any famous bluegrass music player beginning with Bill Monroe and chances are that Peter Rowan has played and recorded with them.
Rowan brings his band to the Imperial Theater for a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $15 general admission in advance or $20 on Friday.
Adding to the evening’s enjoyment will be Chinese-born Tibetan singer and songwriter Yungchen Lhamo, Delta Cane and the Kenny George Trio.
Since the 1960s, Rowan has been involved with a variety of musical combinations, including performing with his brothers Chris and Lorin.
One of his most notable pairings was with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn for a legendary group called Old & In The Way.
BILL GAITHER IN LINCOLNTON: Jeff Easter tells me that gospel music legend Bill Gaither will perform on Thursday, May 8, for the gospel, bluegrass and country music festival that Jeff and his famous wife, Sheri, hold at the Lewis Family’s old home just northwest of Lincolnton, Ga.
Also performing that day will be Mark Lowery and the Little Roy & Lizzy Show.
Gaither, with his syndicated Homecoming TV specials and his original classic songs co-authored with his wife, Gloria, probably has done more for Southern gospel music than anyone since Grand Ole Opry performer Wally Fowler and his “All-Nite” gospel music sings.
Performing on Friday, May 9, will be The Hoppers and Lewis Tradition, and on Saturday, May 10, will be Ivan Parker and The Primitive Quartet.
Jeff & Sheri Easter will perform all three days.
OTHER GREAT STARS: The weekend before the Easters’ festival, Little Roy Lewis and his performing partner, Lizzy Long, will host their own festival for the second time at Elijah Clark State Park, 10 miles east of Lincolnton.
Among those booked for the event this year are Jeff & Sheri Easter (Thursday, May 1), country star Gene Watson and bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent (Friday, May 2), and Grand Ole Opry star Jesse McReynolds and his Virginia Boys (Saturday, May 3).