Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering will take place Friday, September 11th, 2015, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm, and it’s strongly suggested that you arrive early. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and a jam session follow the event.
Four-piece stringband Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends fuses the best of Appalachian old-time music and Americana. Hailing from Chapel Hill, NC, the band is fronted by singer-songwriter Steph Stewart on guitar and banjo and features Omar Ruiz-Lopez on fiddle and mandolin, Mario Arnez on guitar, and Nicholas Vandenberg on upright bass. Together, Steph and her boyfriends deliver a haunting sound both unique and satisfyingly familiar. A native of tiny Catawba, North Carolina, Stewart tried out life in Sweden and Seattle after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill only to feel the pull of her home state. Returning to the Triangle, she emerged with a renewed sense of purpose and a passion for the roots music of her youth that had never truly left.
Hailing from the Sunshine State, Mario grew up in Naples, Florida. In high school, a lucky game of cow pie bingo won his a Gibson Les Paul guitar.
Originally from St. Mary’s, West Virginia, Nick took up his first instrument, the violin, at the age of three. A man of many talents, Nick produced two of his own albums, as well as the first of the band’s CDs.
Born in Panama and raised in Puerto Rico, the plucker and fiddler Omar moved to North Carolina from Florida as soon as he heard the sounds of mountain music calling his name.
The band released their second studio album, Nobody’s Darlin’,in May. stephstewart.net; www.reverbnation.com/stephstewartandtheboyfriends
“With the Boyfriends’ clean instrumentation setting the scene, the distinct voice of Steph Stewart conveys stories with considerable grace. At once youthful and wise, her timbre recalls the genre’s legendary sirens while maintaining a confidently modern sound.” – Our State Digital (June 2014)
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center.
Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, songwriters’ circle, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen. Free parking is available in the 4th St. Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Dr. and McDowell St. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. This concert is presented in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South and Charlotte Community Radio.