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East Carolina's best place to hear acoustic music.
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Friday, April 27, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
RaSheeda Waddell with the Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars
Former Miss Black North Carolina RaSheeda Waddell headlines tonight's concert with the Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars. Waddell, originally from Greensboro, is a magna cum laude graduate in music performance from Hampton University, where she also won the 2007 Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant. This is her first performance in Fountain.

Creech, the Greenville jazz guitarist and impresario, has assembled another lineup of outstanding musicians for this show: Bobby Harrison on drums, George Knott on tuba and acoustic bass, and Jim Gilliam on saxophones, clarinet, and keyboards.

Waddell earned a Masters in Music Performance at ECU, and she teaches vocals and keyboards in Greenville and at Pitt Community College. She is also a former Miss Black Teen Triad and in 2005 she became the first black title-holder in the 50-year history of the Miss Randolph County pageant. She was 3rd runner-up in the 2010 Miss Black USA pageant.

Creech began his life as an entertainer at 6, on ukulele, when he performed with his family barbershop and gospel quartet. A self-taught guitarist, he and a classmate formed his first band, the Hi-Fis, while students at Kinston High School. He graduated from Wake Forest and earned his PhD from UNC-CH. Since retiring as area director of Pitt County Mental Health services, he has performed often throughout the region with a rotating roster of the best jazz musicians in East Carolina.

Bobby Harrison grew up in Greenville and has retired to North Carolina after living and performing for many years in Las Vegas, where he was drummer for Frank Sinatra, Jr. for nine years and house drummer for ten years at the Desert Inn and Caesar's Palace. He has also performed with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, Si Zentner, the Juliet Prowse Show, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Knott is formerly leader and arranger for the Raleigh-based Atomic Rhythm All-Stars. He's also an ECU alum and has performed with ensembles at the JVC Jazz Festival, and at Carnegie Hall and the Birdland Jazz Club in New York City.

Gilliam, a specialist in sacred music, is a performer, arranger, conductor, and composer who also performs classical, Broadway, blues, beach music and jazz. He teaches privately and at Pitt Community College and lives in Grifton with his wife, Alisa, also a classical pianist and church musician.

Saturday April 28, 2018 -- 4:00 p.m. -- FREE!
Shelby Stephenson
We're celebrating Shelby, North Carolina's Poet Laureate, and the publication of his newest book of poems, Our World, pubished by Press 53.

Friday, May 4, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express

Friday May 11, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Friday May 18, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Chatham Rabbits

Friday June 8, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Shannon Baker & the Classic Stepbacks

Saturday, June 9, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $17.50 general admission, $20 reserved tax included
Joe Newberry and April Verch

Saturday, June 23, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $17.50 general admission, $20 reserved tax included
Piedmont Melody Makers

Grammy nominee and Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee Alice Gerrard brings some of her favorite picking friends back to town for a great time with some old-time music. Tonight's Melody Makers also include Chris Brashear on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin; Jim Watson on bass, mandolin and guitar; and fiddling Suzy Thompson. They'll all share vocals, including some 4-part harmonies.

Friday, June 29, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Malpass Brothers

After June 29, Fountain General Store is closed for live music until after Labor Day.

Thursday, Septeember 20, 2018 -- 7:00 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Brad Hudson Band

Saturday, September 22, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Local Honeys and Grits & Soul

September 28 - 30 closed - gone to Raleigh for IBMA's World of Bluegrass

Friday October 5, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Grass Strings

Friday, December 7, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Malpass Brothers

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