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Thurs Sept 11th
Fri. Sept 12th,
Sat. Sept 13th

Blue Bear Mtn. Camp

196 Blue Bear Mountain Rd
Todd, NC 28684
828-406-4226
info@bluebearmountain.com

 

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WHAT: Tickets are still available!  Thursday night band line-up has included Dr. Bacon and Metaphonia; T-Shirts now available.

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Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

http://www.bootyband.com/

 

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has rubbed elbows on stage with classic purveyors of the funk like Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins and have ventured into new territory with modern funksters The New Mastersounds and Orgone.

 

Never abandoning the call of duty, Booty Band is spreading the gospel of funk throughout the country by playing an average of 150 shows per year. They have proven themselves to be a staple in the live music festival circuit by whipping fans into dancing frenzies at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot, Trinumeral and more. For years the Booty Band has been a mainstay at their hometown’s Bele Chere Festival, the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast that’s historically drawn over 350,000 attendees.

 

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is:
Al Al Ingram - Bass, Vocals
Mary Frances - Keyboards, Vocals
JP Miller - Guitar, Vocals
Derrick Johnson - Trombone, Vocals
Lee Allen - Drums

 

See more at: http://www.bootyband.com/band_bio/#sthash.4964Ylox.dpuf

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The Harris Brothers Band

http://www.theharrisbrothers.com/

 

Reggie and Ryan Harris are a real brother duo born and raised in Western North Carolina where they were exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age. The Harris Brothers started playing string instruments and singing as small children and are part of a musical family that still gets together to play. They have been playing professionally as a duo for more than twenty years, showcasing their unique style.

 

The intuitive nature of their interaction, in regard to both playing and singing, can only be achieved via the relationship between brothers. Reggie sings and plays guitar, banjo, and a kick-drum suitcase for percussion; Ryan sings and plays the bass.

 

The Harris Brothers are music lovers! Their infinite live repertoire consists of any number of genres including traditional roots music, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Appalachian mountain music, to vintage country and bluegrass. A typical live show effortlessly shifts from original tunes to covers of songs from all sides of the Americana musical spectrum.The Harris Brothers think of themselves as the people's band and they are!

 

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The Carter Brothers Band
http://www.carterbrothersband.com/

 

My brother Tim and myself have been writing, recording and performing music together professionally for 27 years. It wasnt until the past 10 years or so that the word began spreading like wildfire about us being related to the Carter Family. Well, we indeed are of the same blood. It's something that we never made a big deal about because it just seemed natural for the both of us to be playing music since we could walk. We were always encouraged to be thankful and humble for our abilities. We were also taught to be openminded, original and creative about music and life in general. By no means were we ever required to learn, record or perform the music by A.P., Sarah and Mother Maybelle. After all, they invented their own sound, without even knowing at the time that they were creating something totally new and all their own and we wished to do the same. All of us out here recording and touring understand the philosophy of wanting to write words and music in ways that have never been done before.

 

We always wanted to be totally new and original as well&.we also wanted to do it all on our own without the using the 'crutch' of the family name. We purposely played down that aspect although a lot of people were saying that we were foolish not to exploit our heritage to help further our careers quicker, especially in the earlier lean days.! We were stubborn and steadfast to prove to ourselves that we could be successful totally on our own merits. And it worked. Our first signing to a major record label, Capital Records, came 14 years ago without the label heads even knowing a thing about the Family connection. They were livid later on, after we were dropped, upon learning our family heritage and the marketing possibilities. Well, we had made it that far without making a big deal about it and that means a lot to us although now I can understand the label's disappointment on a business level.

 

JEFF LITTLE

http://www.jefflittle.net/


With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity.

 

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Little’s involvement with fiddle tunes, old time country, and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, North Carolina, where his family, owned a music shop. The shop was a regular gathering place for musicians who would just stop by to pick a few tunes. Beginning around the age of six Jeff would regularly sit in with many of the musicians from the region, including one of America’s most influential musicians: Doc Watson. These influences helped shape Jeff’s approach to the piano which is based on these deep musical traditions. But there is also an echo of more contemporary mountain tradition in Jeff’s performances.


A professional musician since the age of 14, Jeff is conversant with traditional old-time country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and blues. With a rack-mounted harmonica and vocals, he can also be a one-man show. Jeff settled in Nashville for a while, where he worked as a session man in between stints on the road. He also worked with a wide range of commercial country artists as a musician or manager most notably Keith Urban. Several years ago Jeff and his family returned to the Blue Ridge where today he is the Director of the Entertainment Technology Program at Northeast State in Bristol TN.

 

Performances include:
National Public Radio, PBS, National Council for the Traditional Arts, American Piano Masters, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and  The American Folk Festival just to name a few. Jeff has also performed internationally including concerts in Sri Lanka, Oman, Tanzania, and France.


Steve Lewis:
Steve Lewis is an award winning guitar and banjo player from Todd NC and is one of the most respected acoustic musicians in the country. Steve is well known for his flat picking on guitar and his mastery of the five string banjo. Steve has won many championships for his guitar and banjo playing. Some of the prestigious events include the Walnut Valley Nationals, Merlefest, the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Renofest and the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition. Steve is also a two time national champion on the banjo as well.


Josh Scott:
Rounding out the trio is upright bass master Josh Scott from Fleetwood, NC.  Josh has been featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.

 

Charlyhorse
http://thecharlyhorse.com/fr_home.cfm

 

Charlyhorse is what Americana Music has always strived to be.  A group of outstanding musicians and modern day troubedours who weave tales of small southern towns and the roads they have traveled. Vivid stories in sound, populated by trailer-park queens, hellfire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down-home philosophers.

 

The music of Charlyhorse is firmly anchored in the Americana roots tradition.  Influences from rock, country, bluegrass, R&B and soul gives each tune it's own unique feel.

 

 

Onstage, the upshot is compelling, soulful performances — spirited rockers paced with wistful ballads of lost love, life and death. Chuck Johnson’s presentation, salted with wry humor, and band camaraderie invites the audience into the act.

 

Charlyhorse, American made.

 

Charlyhorse is:

Chuck Johnson:  head troubadour, lead vocals, guitar
Tom Kuhn:  bass, mandolin, backing and harmony vocals
Dale Meyer:  guitar, dobro, backing and harmony vocals
James Brock:  drums, percussion


Chuck Johnson, Lead Vocalist, Guitarist, & Song writer is more than comfortable as frontman and most recognized face of Charlyhorse. Someone once said "If Tom Sawyer had grown up to be Woody Guthrie the result would be Chuck Johnson" He draws his stories from the lore of the land. You can hear his influences of Chuck's song writing musical hero's woven throughout his work:John Prine, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes Vanzandt. Chucks warm whiskey vocals, and dry wit bring the stories of Charlyhorse alive, and the audience becomes part of a huge family gathering where favorite relatives tell tall tales and spin yarns.

 

Charlyhorse has recently played at the venues:

 

Festival in the Park - Charlotte, NC
Americana Music Festival - Lake City, SC
The Double Door Inn - Charlotte, NC
Roof Top Bar - Columbia, SC
Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC
The White Mule - Columbia, SC
The Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
The Peace Center - Greenville, SC
Tilman Arena - Greenville, SC
The Loft - Helen, GA
Greenville Alive - Greenville, SC
Smokey Joe's - Charlotte, NC
Heritage Music Festival - Lake City, SC
Thirsty Beaver - Charlotte, NC
The House 5 Points - Columbia, SC
Piedmont Interstate Fair - Spartanburg, SC
Neighborhood Theater - Charlotte, NC

Melissa Reaves
http://www.melissareaves.com/

 

Melissa Reaves is known to audiences throughout the US and Europe for her avant-garde, fire driven’, deconstructionist approach to rock-n-roll. Reaves has amassed a word-of-mouth following most notably for her experimental guitar work but also for her propensity towards spontaneity and seamless improvisation during live performance. She deconstructs the blues, pushes jazz to the outer limits and burns through rock-n-roll like the love child of Jerry Lee Lewis and the MC5. The real deal! Melissa's, "New Rock Song" was placed on the 55th GRAMMY Awards nomination ballot for Best Rock Performance.

 

 

Performing over 200 shows per year, Melissa spends most of her time touring with her eclectic solo show as well as her band. In January 2000, Melissa was chosen to participate in a "Women of the Millennium" showcase at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France and toured in both England and France which included opening for Robert Plant of Led Zepplin.

 

In 1999, Melissa won the Lilith Fair Talent Search for the Charlotte area. She took the stage at Tremont Music Hall by storm and blew the crowd away. Melissa is well-known for her electrifying performances which leave her fans screaming for more. Her performance at Lilith Fair was incredible, and Melissa ended up on the main stage at the end of the night and truly brought down the house.

 

Melissa's third CD, Sentimental Anthem, includes a blend of some incredible grooves and the powerful extremes of Melissa's vocal abilities. Nine tracks are originals and the CD includes a dynamic rendition of "Purple Haze" with the Willy's, as well as a beautiful acoustic version of "I Know You Rider." For Reaves, one of the goals for this CD was to capture the intense energy of her live performances. Sentimental Anthem was released in May 1999, and has received outstanding reception from both fans and radio play.

 

Another of Reaves'accomplishments was the independent release of her debut album, Fall From Grace. Reaves wrote and arranged the entire album which includes ten listed tracks along with some extra surprises. Melissa has one track on the GO ON GIRL '97 CD compilation. The CD features female fronted bands from across the U.S. & Canada and is the brain child of Susan White at Fret Less Music.

 

Originally from North Carolina, Melissa Reaves tours nationally as well as internationally including New York,Boston,Atlanta,New Orleans,Seattle and Vancouver,BC. Melissa has shared the stage with Robert Plant, Sarah MacLachlan, Leon Russell,Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Doc Watson, Little Feat; and has performed for many benefits and rallies including New York Pride, Battered Women's Shelters, and PETA. Melissa has also been a featured artist at the MIDEM, CMJ, & LMNOP conferences and at the NEA Extravaganza.

 

Melissa Reaves' unique sound and charismatic presence has received excellent reviews for their shows in Seattle, NYC, and in the Boston area. Rob Bloom of NYC's Manhattan Mirror said that, 'Melissa sings the blues all heart and soul...Melissa delivered the goods and shook the place,' while Steve Rylie of Creative Loafing says, 'Reaves will electrify any audience and send chills down your spine.' Melissa has propelled herself forward in the independent music scene with enormous strides. With her dynamic stage presence and burning desire to entertain, Melissa Reaves is someone who will excite and energize any audience!