Ignite High Point Whistle Stop Concert Series Returns Friday, May 20

"The Ignite High Point Whistle Stop Concert Series returns to High Point’s historic Amtrak Depot May 20, for five consecutive Fridays of concerts. The performances are free and open to the public. From New Orleans-style second line to Americana, High Point’s historic train depot—the current Amtrak station, will be bustling with bands, food, North Carolina craft beer and people of all ages.

Here’s the full lineup:

Boom Unit Brass Band (New Orleans style brass)/Friday, May 20
Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (Americana/Alt-Country)/Friday, May 27
The Stray Birds (Americana)/Friday, June 3
Luxuriant Sedans (Blues)/Friday, June 10
The Rad Trads (Soul & Rock and Roll)/Friday, June 17

Ignite High Point brought back 2015 series curator Tess Mangum Ocaña, of Sonic Pie Productions, to put together the new season of shows. She hand-picked performers predominantly from North Carolina but included a few nationally-touring artists such as The Stray Birds and The Rad Trads. “Plus, I noticed the crowd really responded to last year’s New Orleans style brass band, so we’re kicking off 2016 with another: Boom Unit Brass Band” says Ocaña.

"The overwhelming success of last year, our first year, shows ‘if you build it they will come’ and that High Point wants and needs something like this" says Richard Wood, member of Ignite High Point.

The Ignite High Point Whistle Stop Concert Series is made possible by Ignite High Point, City of High Point, Sonic Pie Productions, Bank of North Carolina, High Point Enterprise Radisson High Point, Forward High Point and Triad City Beat.  Concerts are held rain or shine at 100 West High Avenue, High Point, NC.  On-street parking is available; paid parking is available at The Pit deck. Bring a folding chair.

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For more information, vendor applications or ways to volunteer during the series contact Tess Mangum Ocaña, Sonic Pie Productions, (919) 450-5186 or sonicpieproductions@gmail.com. Concerts are also listed at http://www.sonicpieproductions.com/high-point

Boom Unit Brass Band
Friday, May 20, 6-8 p.m.
This FREE, Friday concert series at High Point's beautiful, historic passenger train depot is back for 2016! Sousaphones, saxophones, trombones and trumpets and an awesome drummer deliver Second Line, Jazz and Funk. Recommended for fans of: Rebirth Brass Band, PitchBlak Brass Band. Park at the parking deck nearby, or take the train straight here. Food trucks and local craft beer available. Sponsored by Ignite High Point and The City Project. https://www.facebook.com/boomunitbrass/?fref=nf
FREE


Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Friday, May 27, 6-8 p.m.
Kamara Thomas’ Cosmic Americana “sits at the lip of folk and soul” -IndyWeek. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers play Country music with a punk rock soul. Recommended for fans of everything form George Jones to Lucinda Williams. Park at the parking deck nearby, or take the train straight here. Food trucks and local craft beer available. Sponsored by Ignite High Point and The City Project.  www.kamarathomas.com
FREE

The Stray Birds
Friday, June 3, 6-8 p.m.
The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically-trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix. Recommended for fans of: Woody Guthrie, Mipso. Park at the parking deck nearby, or take the train straight here. Food trucks and local craft beer available. Sponsored by Ignite High Point and The City Project. http://thestraybirds.com/
FREE

The Luxuriant Sedans
Friday, June 10, 6-8 p.m.
The Luxuriant Sedans hail from the fertile musical stomping grounds of the North Carolina Piedmont.  The band’s five members - Mike “Wezo” Wesolowski (vocals, harp); Ed Bumgardner (bass, vocals); Rob Slater and Gino "Woo Funk" Grandinetti (guitars) and Bob Tarleton (drums) - are veteran musicians with experience in myriad musical genres, from alternative music to country-rock to jazz, vintage soul and rock ‘n’ roll in all its forms and guises.  The common ground for their backgrounds is blues, but The Luxuriant Sedans is no typical fedora-wearing, licks-off-of-records blues band.
Recommended for fans of: Blues World Order, Howling Wolf. Park at the parking deck nearby, or take the train straight here. Food trucks and local craft beer available. Sponsored by Ignite High Point and The City Project. http://www.theluxuriantsedans.com/
FREE

The Rad Trads
Friday, June 17, 6-8 p.m.
Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York's most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock & roll. Featuring three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm. Recommended for fans of: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Rebirth Brass Band. Park at the parking deck nearby, or take the train straight here. Food trucks and local craft beer available. Sponsored by Ignite High Point and The City Project.
FREE

- A Press Release

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