LAST FRIDAYS 2014 ARCHIVE

THE PAST EVENTS AND PROGRAM THE HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL HAVE HOSTED!

Jeanne Jolly
w/opening act Roger Gupton and Allyn Love from 6:30 to 7:00 pm
 
April 25, 2014 CANCELLED

She was a Fletcher Music Scholar at Western Carolina University before going on to earn a Masters in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory. 

She made a home in LA and paid her dues doing studio and commercial work for movies and television. It was this work that led to Grammy nominated Chris Botti hearing her on a demo and asking her to be his featured touring vocalist. This gave Jolly the opportunity to tour and perform with Botti and his Quintet throughout North America and to sing with world renowned symphonies, performing at venues like the Monterey Jazz Festival and playing to a sold out crowd at Carnegie Hall.

 

How do you top that? Jolly chose to leave the limelight to follow her heart and her muse to pursue a solo career as a singer songwriter. In her Bio she states that she felt herself "being pulled back to her Southern roots".

 

How do you top that? Jolly chose to leave the limelight to follow her heart and her muse to pursue a solo career as a singer songwriter. In her Bio she states that she felt herself "being pulled back to her Southern roots". 

She subsequently co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded her first country/Americana EP in January, 2008 and started a band in Los Angeles. 

In 2009, Jolly moved back to North Carolina where she began to focus on developing her guitar skills, sharpening her solo performance, and focusing on writing more of her own songs. 

It wasn’t long until she once again found herself in the company of Grammy nominated artists, opening up for Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Chuck Mead, and many more.

 

Jeanne Jolly's straightforward style belies an extraordinary musicality delivered with seeming ease. At once both bright and warm, Jolly's vocal renderings can range from a full power delivery to a song full of tenderness, sublimely sweet without being saccharine. In 'Falling in Carolina, her voice floats effortlessly above the strings. This is songwriting that holds you close with it's emotional musical story. Her voice will resonate not just with your ears... but with your heart.

 
Emily Earle
 
May 30, 2014

Emily Earle is the niece of legendary singer songwriter Steve Earle. But make no mistake - Emily has earned her chops on her own, Earle, a Colorado native, was writing, singing and performing long before her smooth vocals brought her to national prominence.

 

After leaving an indelible mark during a successful run on season three of NBC’s The Voice, and earning high praise from the likes of CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton along the way, the rest of America now knows what her fans learned long ago—Emily Earle is one of the most uniquely talented and genuine singer/songwriters to come along in quite awhile.

 

After cultivating her talents during three years at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Emily set out for New York City, where she further honed her one-of-a-kind style by playing some of the city’s top venues.

 

Earle likens her songwriting process to painting, whereby simple words are transformed into emotions by adding melodies and rhythms much the same way a drawing evolves with the addition of colors and textures. Now living in Nashville, Emily Earle continues her musical journey. In addition to her national television appearances, she has also performed on stage in Las Vegas with CeeLo Green, and has toured with her uncle (legendary American singer/songwriter) Steve Earle.

 
Boneslinger
 
June 27, 2014

Boneslinger

Dave Wright, powerhouse vocalist and trombonist formerly of The Countdown Quartet and The Squirrel Nut Zippers brings his latest creation to life with Boneslinger. Staying true to his old-school R&B, New Orleans-jazz roots, Boneslinger brings a fresh brew of original music with a killin' retro vibe. You'll also hear timeless cuts from Professor Longhair, Booker T, Hank Williams Sr., Ray Charles and much more. Dave Wright's powerful and soulful trombone solos are one of a kind and always an audience delight! You'll be a "Bone Head" for life once you've heard this band!

 

Dave Wright - Vocals, Trombone, Keyboards

Paul Rogers - Trumpet

Aaron Hill - Saxophone

Ben Palmer - Bass

Carl Blackwell – Drums

New Orleans-style R&B, Funk and Jazz with a retro vibe

 
Tornado Blues Band
 
July 25, 2014

The Tornado Blues Band front men include Tommy Hartley & Jason Barker on guitar/vocals, bass player Joel Sugarman and Kevin Johnson doing the drumming. The TBB's varied song list includes everything from straight ahead Chicago blues to Allman Brothers, Clapton and other rockin' blues classics. They're sure to keep the crowd jumping and dancing most of the night, so come out and join the fun!! 

 
The Company Band
 
August 29, 2014

The Company Band is coming from Charlotte to get you dancing in the streets at August’s Last Fridays celebration!

 

Bringing a killer horn section, vocalists that have played with the best in the industry and backing it all up with a tight funky Rhythm section, The Company Band will be serving up their gumbo of R&B, Soul, and Motown.

 

Led by founder Hanoch Hickman, this solid lineup will make it a Last Friday to remember. Hickman has shared the stage with the likes of a few folks you may know including Gladys Night, Tony Bennet, Al Jarreau, James Taylor, George Benson, John Legend, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Erykah Badu, and numerous others.

Girls Guns and Glory
       from 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Sarah Borges
       from 8:15 to 9:30 pm
 
September 26, 2014

GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY from 6:30 to 7:45 pm

 

For the past eight years, Boston's rising stars Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). And, now, the hard-working band is refining their focus to the roots of rock 'n' roll with a twist of country on their fifth album, "Good Luck," due on February 4, 2014 on Lonesome Day Records.

 

The foursome (Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo) found inspiration for this record from early '50s rock 'n' roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

SARAH BORGES from 8:15 to 9:30 pm

 

As cliché as it may be, absence makes the heart grow fonder couldn't be a more genuine statement for singer/songwriter Sarah Borges as she embarks on her next musical adventure, the release of her new album, "Radio Sweetheart." After a year away from pouring her heart and soul into her music, penning her emotions into powerful lyrics, and leaving it all on the stage during riveting live shows, her love for her craft grew that much stronger.

 

"After seven years, the Broken Singles had run its course. It was an amicable breakup. After a year, it hit me like a ton of bricks - I didn't have to stop doing music," says Borges, who

under the name Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles released four critically-acclaimed records (with Blue Corn Music and Sugarhill Records), toured nonstop, and drew praise from the most elitist of music scribes from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Creative Loafing, The Boston Globe, and others.

 

Among the supporters were Rolling Stone magazine, which described the artist as "friendly pop–rock with bits of twang, rockabilly, and '50 pop"; and The New York Times who described her as "a modern-minded honky-tonker with a retro streak." Paste magazine hits the nail on the head when they wrote, "she has all the good parts of Sheryl Crow's sound without the L.A. pop suckdom."

 

This time out, the singer/songwriter/guitarist took the more daunting, yet more courageous, route of going it alone. "It's scary and freeing at the same time to do a record where I don't have anyone to answer to but myself. A big driving force for this record was to find myself again and remind myself how much I love music after being away from it. I had felt this sense of loss and didn't realize how integral music was to me," says Borges, who began her musical journey in musical theater at Emerson College before making a name for herself in the vibrant rock scene of Boston.

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