Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro features a series of live performances curated by friend and local music guru 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!
Apr. 24: Graymatter
May 1: Molly McGinn, Dave Willis and Brent Buckner
May 8: Jon Shain and F.J. Ventre
May 15: Sam Frazier and Eddie Walker
May 22: Windfall
May 29: South Carolina Broadcasters
June 5: Lyn Koonce & Friends
June 12: Abigail Dowd and Jason Duff
June 19: Graymatter
June 26: Molly McGinn, Dave Willis and Brent Buckner
Dave Cecil started writing on the piano at age 6. Putting notes together just seemed to make sense to him. He began writing lyrics shortly after and while secretly playing one of his brother’s guitars he wrote his first song. Through the years he has developed a style all his own and totally original. Dave, now on his 3rd record, plays & performs his original style of music regularly in Greensboro NC and throughout the Southeast.
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.
Mark Kano is a singer – songwriter from Greensboro, NC. As front man for the alternative rock group Athenaeum, he was signed to Atlantic Records and EMI Music Publishing towards the end of the 90’s. The late Billboard Magazine editor Timothy White called Athenaeum’s debut “Radiance”, one of the best releases of 1998 in his “Music To My Ears” column. “Radiance” went on to sell over 100,000 copies led by the hit single “What I Didn’t Know”, which peaked at number 9 on Billboard’s Modern Rock radio chart. “What I Didn’t Know” sold over 40,000 copies, and garnered the band a spot in Billboard’s top 100 chart for singles sales. In 2009, Kano reemerged as a solo artist with another stellar collection of songs appearing on his self-produced debut solo record “Walking On Broadway”. Mixed by veteran producer Gavin MacKillop (Goo Goo Dolls, Toad The Wet Sprocket) and with the help of friends Nic Brown, Snuzz, Mike Garrigan and Sam Frazier, Kano released an album that received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, producing the standout tracks, “Telling You I Love You”, “Walking On Broadway”, “Calling Saturn” and “Baby I’m Your Man”. The song “Walking On Broadway” was voted as one of 2009’s best singles on the popular music website alternativeaddiction.com, and reached 5th in the Best of Rock charts on the MTV partnered website ourstage.com, having stayed in the top 20 for 4 consecutive weeks.
Siblings seem to have an unfair harmonic advantage, and Graymatter is the proof in the pudding. The three Gray siblings and a husband/in-law produce some of the finest three- and four-part harmony imaginable. And their cross-generational song selection has earned them a rabid fanbase that follows them for miles, singing along, dancing and producing an all-round good time. Plus, each member plays more than one instrument, and at Lucky 32 they play non-stop for three solid hours. And then do an encore.
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.
Molly has been a shining star on the local music scene, both as a solo artist and member of several bands, for two decades. Her lilting, mesmerizing voice, songwriting acumen, tasteful guitar accompaniment, and engaging stage presence have made her a fan favorite throughout the Triad and beyond. She has been on a regular rotation since the inception of “Songs from a Southern Kitchen” and will remain so as long as she desires. She has played on the big stage — and deservedly so — but we want to keep her on ours, too.
Jon is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain’s latest disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues – a Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. The last few years have seen Shain headlining listening rooms on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in Europe, as well as opening shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others. When Shain is not recording, producing other artists, or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.Shain is currently at work on a new recording project with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.
One of Windfall’s strenghts are the varied, yet, highly recognized classic songs from decades past, that make up their play list. Although categorized as a band, there are many configurations of this group, depending upon the need of the buyer. We can be as small as a duo, or as large a 5-6 piece ensemble in order to provide you with suitable entertainment for whatever size function you may be having. So, from a small, quiet dinner party, to a large corporate function or wedding reception, there is a ” Windfall” for each and every occasion. Consisting of veteran musicians with years of experience in front of all types of audiences, Windfall is highly professional in it’s business dealings as well as it’s performance content and presentation. The most outstanding quality of this group are the rich, lush harmonies that are showcased in most of the songs they perform. Windfall is always received well and enthusiastically by it’s audiences and constantly receives positive feedback and endorsements from friends and clients alike.
South Carolina Broadcasters
Stars of the Lowe Vintage Radio Show, John Boy and Billy recording artists, and masters of primitive bluegrass, 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 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.
Ogi Overman – Curator
Since February 2017, Ogi has been the curator of the “Songs from a Southern Kitchen” series at Lucky 32 restaurant. He brought with him to the position a wealth of journalistic, music and promotional experience. He is considered one of the pioneers of alternative, community journalism in the Triad.
He began his writing career at The Sports Page, a free weekly based in Winston-Salem, in 1984. By early 1985 he was named editor, a position he held until the paper’s demise in 1988. He then co-founded ESP Magazine, a free weekly based in Greensboro, where he remained as managing editor until taking a position as sports editor at The Chatham News in Siler City. During his five-year tenure there, he won six N.C. Press Association awards for sports columns and sports coverage. He then returned to ESP Magazine, serving as executive editor for the next five years.
Next he took the plunge into radio, hosting a two-hour daily talk/music show called “Our Town” on WGOS 1070 AM. He wound up back in print journalism, however, co-founding the Greater Greensboro Observer in 2004. That enterprise was short-lived, however, and he then took a position as columnist and feature writer at YES! Weekly, another alternative paper based in Greensboro. He was the editor of the Jamestown News from 2006-’13, where he won nine N.C. Press Association awards.
He currently freelances for Go Triad, O. Henry Magazine, 1808, the Greensboro News & Record, Pinestraw, The Gateway, Business North Carolina, among others.
He is writing a biography of saxophonist Joe McGlohon, appears weekly as one of the “Knights of the Roundtable” on “Triad Today” on ABC 45 at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and again at 11 a.m. Sunday on WMY 48.
In a former life he was a singer/guitarist/harpist/mandolinist with several bands, including Newground, the Joe Sapp Band, and the Original Dogs.
Ogi is a native of Burlington, N.C. and a 1969 graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in philosophy and political science. He and his wife Janet reside in Forest Oaks, south of Greensboro.