The Doug Largent Trio at Looking Glass Cafe

The Doug Largent Trio featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Donovan Cheatham on drums plays organ trio jazz at Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboro.

Johnny’s – Darren Michaels

Singer-Songwriter Solo Bassist

Think bass is just background? Think again. Darren Michaels is a singer-songwriter who sees the electric bass guitar as a chordal and melodic instrument along with its supportive role. Using a specially-designed bass guitar and lines of honest lyrics, Darren crafts positive, genre-hopping songs exploring gratitude, determination, longing, brevity of life, gentle action, and love of Nature.

Since graduating with honors from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2000, Darren has performed and recorded in a plethora of styles and has released three albums as a soloist, green (2002), equilibrium (2004), and Cumulo (2008). While many others have taken the solo bass path, Darren puts a new spin on things.

Johnny’s – Bill Baucom and Jim Baird

Folk, Pop, Jazz, Original Acoustic Fun with Bill Baucom and Jim Baird

Bill Baucom is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, composer and journalist. He plays a mix of familiar standards, pop tunes, folk and original introspective tunes about life. Really, the soundtrack of our lives.  He performs frequently as a solo artist and with his jazz group, The Swingin’ Chads.

Jim Baird is a bassist who is classically trained and is performs with dance bands, symphonic orchestras, and jazz groups. He directs the string program and the guitar program at the Durham Magnet Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.  He has recorded recently with Michael DeLalla on the Falling Mountain Music label, and performs with the Headliners and Mappamundi.

Johnny’s – Kelly Howerton

Folk, Rock, Blues

Kelly Howerton is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who excels at bringing a diverse spectrum of sounds to his live performances. From acoustic fingerpicked guitar with self-accompaniment on the harmonica to electric bottleneck blues guitar, and honky-tonk piano playing, Kelly Howerton is a one-man variety show. However, what does remain constant through Kelly’s performances is his commitment to good quality songwriting and meaningful lyrics. For Kelly, it is all about the song and the story within it; the music is simply a vehicle, but it’s a hell of a ride!

Johnny’s – Davis and Martin and The Binge Brothers

WWII Blues, Bluegrass and Country Blues

7-8pm-Davis and Martin have played together and individually in some of the Triangle’s most stellar old-time bands. As a duo, they offer up harmonies in the country blues, stringband and bluegrass traditions.Their sound is lusty and heartfelt, backed with a good dose of guitar, banjo, fiddle and bass.

8-9pm The Binge Brothers are Michael Covington, vocals,harmonica, trumpet and John Worthington, vocals, guitar & banjo guitar. They serve up a gumbo of old style blues,country and New Orleans style jazz/blues from the early 1900s.

Johnny’s – The High Divers

Rock / Americana

The High Divers are a rock band that prides themselves on their 3 part harmonies, fun live shows, and bulletproof songwriting. With hints of Tom Petty, Wilco, and Dawes thrown in, The High Divers have succeeded in creating music that nods to the classics, yet is leaning forward all the time. The High divers are touring their new album “Riverlust”, joined by singer/songwriter Caitlin Harnett. Caitlin Harnett hails from Sydney, Australia, but her songs evoke Laurel Canyon of the early 1970s. Combined with her guitar, banjo, and harmonica, her songs have the lilt of folk, a touch of pop and the honesty of Americana. Caitlin was one of the youngest signings to Mushroom Music Publishing,Australias largest independent music publisher.

Baroque and Beyond: Eisenach to the Elbe

Dragon cantata. Scintillating virtuoso works for baroque violin, baroque cello. Join us for the rich, varied music of Telemann, one of the giants of baroque music. Andrew Bonner, baroque violin; Florence Peacock and Penelope Jensen, sopranos; Stephanie Vial, baroque cello; Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.

Johnny’s – Jonathan Tea

Americana / Roots / Rock / Singer-Songwriter

Jonathan Tea is a soulful singer songwriter making American roots rock. Tea’s sound blends strong, earthy vocals with well-crafted songs to create a sound that is familiar, yet will especially appeal to those who are looking for something a little bit outside of the box. Drawing from the best parts of the blues, classic country, and 70’s rock and combining them with a modern aesthetic, Tea delivers onstage with passion, tempered with moments of subtle restraint and sensitivity, inviting the crowd into his story and rewarding careful listeners with smart lyrics and a mature sense of phrasing and groove.

The California-born, Texas-raised, and now NYC/NJ shore-based artist’s intensely personal lyrics cover diverse topics ranging from the complexities of relationships, to depression, to lighthearted observational storytelling laced with a subtle sardonic wit.

Johnny’s – Rob Williams Singer-Songwriter

Rob Williams’ unique sound and style combine 90’s rock with alt-country and Americana influences. As front-man of the now defunct indie rock band, Joe Buck, Jr., Williams made a name for himself as a songwriter and performer in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. This fall, the veteran songwriter will release his second solo album, Southern FM. Produced by Salim Nourallah (whose credits include Rhett Miller, Old 97’s, and The Damnwells), Southern FM finds Williams becoming more comfortable as a solo artist and building on the success of his 2013
debut, A Place in the Sun. “I wanted this record to be different,” Williams says, “so I made the decision to record it far away from home and with people I’ve never worked with before.” That decision landed him at Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane Studio in Dallas. The result is an album that blends Williams’ penchant for hard-hitting acoustic roots rock, Nourallah’s innate knack for pop, and a touch of North Texas-style rock and roll. Williams will support the new release with a series of short regional tours.

Johnny’s – Grits and Soul – Americana / Soulgrass

Grits and Soul based in Asheville, North Carolina, fuses mountain bluegrass and classic country with Mississippi soul and blues. At the heart of Grits & Soul are southern songcrafters, Anna Kline and John Looney.

On the heels of their IBMA showcase appearance and debut CD release in 2013, Grits and Soul has attracted the attention of audiences, receiving invitations to perform at regional festivals in 2014 including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Albino Skunk Fall Festival. This year’s invitations include Suwannee Springfest.