Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro features a series of live performances curated by Ogi Overman. Enjoy an evening with fine area musicians, Southern snacks and a wide selection of libations (see the menu). Make yourself at home. Every Tuesday 6 ’til 9 PM. No cover charge!
Songs From a Southern Kitchen
Oct. 17: Anne-Claire Niver & Friends
Oct. 24: Vaughan Penn & Friends
Oct. 31: Evan Olson & Jessica Mashburn (special Halloween show!)
Nov. 7: Graymatter
Nov. 14: Molly McGinn, Dave Willis, Brent Buckner
Nov. 21: Dave Cecil Band
Nov. 28: Same Frazier, Eddie Walker
Dec.5: Karon Click
Dec. 12: Abigail Dowd and Jason Duff
Dec. 19: Joey Barnes and Courtney Leigh Hudson
Dec. 26: Crystal Bright and Jeremy Haire
Acoustic music, big harmonies, and a dash of rock and roll. Siblings Brad, Barry and Bev along with Bev’s husband Dave have been singing, harmonizing and strumming together for more than 30 years. The Gray family has been singing and strumming various instruments together as long as anyone can remember. Bev and her younger brothers Barry and Brad and two more siblings soaked up the folk music of the 1950s and ’60s that their father played and sang to them. Family dinners often ended with the clearing of the plates, gathering of the instruments and the singing would begin. In high school, Bev brought her then boyfriend (now husband) Dave home for dinner and he immediately joined in the family music fun. Now take the four singer-songwriters with a passion for re-imagining and re-creating the songs of their youth, mix in the swirling, 4 part harmonies that result from the close-knit chemistry of family voices and you’re describing Graymatter. The harmonies and unique song arrangements set them apart from other bands. Whether it’s tender ballads, folky Americana or driving rock & roll, Graymatter puts across an intensity, energy and vision that keeps fans coming back for more. A Graymatter show is chock full of memories for people who grew up in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond, and the band loves introducing those dynamic classics in a fresh, new way to younger audiences who have never heard the songs before. Their originals are folk/rock/Americana style pieces woven together with those same dynamic harmonies and often steeped in personal storytelling. Graymatter is Barry Gray (acoustic guitar), Brad Gray (acoustic & electric guitars), Dave Gude (acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin) and Bev Gray Gude (12-string & high-strung guitars, flute, tambourine and bodhran).
South Carolina Broadcasters
The South Carolina Broadcasters bring southern music at its finest to the stage. Their razor sharp harmonies, exceptional multi-instrumentation, and fabulous song selection will have listeners riveted to their seats. This unique trio has put their own spin on the music of the foothills. They’ve been members of The Smokey Valley Boys and Roan Mountain Hilltoppers yet they’re not looking backward. Between Andy Edmonds’ and David Sheppard’s ability to write a new song that sounds old and Ivy Sheppard’s prowess for digging up obscure field recordings, The Broadcasters most always have new songs in the works. Their recent critically acclaimed release “Tell Me Truly” features a broad and mature mix of sounds ranging from Surry County bluegrass to Carter Family country and even the Cajun sounds of Lafayette. Audiences wherever they go connect with the Broadcasters through heart songs and good old fashioned entertainment.
BMI award winning singer/songwriter, Kristy Jackson, has had singles with artists on Giant, MCA, Curb and Universal including 2 Grammy winning artists. As an artist herself, she had the #1 most requested song on the largest radio stations in New York and other major markets after 9/11, “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed A Hero)” and raised over $30,000 for 9/11 charities. Her songs have also been featured in films by Disney, Universal and Endemol Productions. Her song, “Take It Back” was recently performed by contest Aliyah Moulden in the 2017 Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice. Kristy performs solo and also as part of the all female blues and R&B band, Gate City Divas.
Every now and then an artist comes along whose music reaches out and touches the soul of all who hear them…virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer Vicki Genfan is among those artists… Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki is redefining ‘singer/songwriter culture.’ With a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy, audiences are mesmerized by the waves of sound Vicki creates with just two hands and her voice. Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls ‘slap-tap’, you’ll find the addition of her pure, expressive vocals that dig deep and stir the heart to be the perfect accompaniment on many of her songs. Vicki writes and beautifully sings her own brand of music and lyrics while putting her unmistakable imprint on familiar tunes like the Beatles’ Norweigian Wood. An evening with Vicki is far more than a concert; stories, warmth and humor come gift wrapped in an unforgettable evening of music that leaves the audience always wanting more.
Anyone even remotely acquainted with the area music scene is a fan of Sam Frazier. “Legendary” is not too strong a word to describe the venerable guitarist. Yet, while revered for his instrumental chops, he also possesses one of the finest and most distinctive voices around. Additionally, he has a mile-long track record of original compositions and is still as prolific as ever. Frontman, sideman, slinger and singer, Sam is likely the area’s most gifted talent. And a heck of a nice guy to boot.
Some performers exude a sense of poise and professionalism that marks them as winners. Abigail has that look. A relative newcomer to the Greensboro music scene, she quickly established herself as a top-shelf singer-songwriter in it for the duration. She recently released her debut album, which immediately went in rotation on area college radio stations. She also booked a multi-state tour in support of the CD, but when not on the road, expect to see her at Lucky 32 on a regular basis. She’s definitely a keeper.
North Carolina artist Anne-Claire writes music influenced by her love of soul divas and intimate singer-songwriters. Currently celebrating the release of her new single Second Time (March 31, 2017) Anne-Claire ventures further into personal songwriting with a soulful sensibility. Anne-Claire’s music is rich and melody-driven, paired with lyrics that use magic as metaphor and emotional empowerment as a guide. Mixing organic instruments with synthetic sounds enhances the dreamlike quality of her work. Anne-Claire brings a unique and exciting sound – danceable and emotive, plaintive and fun, percussive and romantic.
Vaughan Penn & Friends
Vaughan has created her own unique sound of earthy-pop-rock music that combines meaningful songwriting with a powerfully melodic sound. With strong rhythmic textures and hints of Americana roots in the production, her songs have pure emotional honesty; both musically and lyrically. Hollywood sure knows Vaughan! She’s had over 50 original songs placed over 150 times in Films & Television!
Evan Scott Olson was born in West Point, New York during the “Summer Of Love.” His father was an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. He is a rock singer and songwriter based in Greensboro, North Carolina and has recorded seven albums including “One Room” (Universal) and “Red” (LoveCat Music). His primary instrument is guitar, but he plays all of the instruments on his CDs. In the late 1980s, while still in college, he was in the group Majosha, then went on to become a member of the pop group Bus Stop. Since he started playing bars at age 16, Evan has performed thousands of gigs all over the United States. He’s also written and recorded several national television commercial jingles including songs for Hershey’s and Mercedes Benz. His songs have been featured in numerous television shows and movies including Sex And The City, Baywatch, Law & Order, Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, 90210, In America, Scooby Doo the movie, and MTV’s The Hills. Evan currently performs with many acts locally and is also writing and recording with Jessica Mashburn, who you will read about below, in a duo they call AM rOdeO.
Jessica Crysta Mashburn was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother played guitar and piano, and her father was a singer and played the upright bass. Jessica was extremely shy as a child and her mother would try to break her of that by having her sing at family gatherings as early as age 5. She began to play piano and guitar by ear shortly after and started writing songs as a teenager. In high school, Jessica competed in talent shows all over Greensboro, and was also the President of the Honors Vocal Ensemble her senior year. Jessica attended UNCG School of Music and went on to receive a fine arts music degree for piano/vocal performance from Sandhills College. In 2008 she was cast in the Triad Stage production of David Sedaris’ “Santa Land Diaries”. Her “Miss Peppermint” character received rave reviews providing soothing and sometimes humorous interludes during the entire show, which sold out for 26 performances. Jessica still actively writes and performs locally and aside from music, she has worked with Quaintance Weaver Restaurants & Hotels in a variety of roles since 1999.