The Emma Kelly Theater inside the Averitt Center will stage the inaugural concert in the Rising Creek Music Series Thursday night. The show will feature two local favorites and one regional act, with the music getting underway at 7:30 p.m.
Here's a breakdown of Thursday’s performers.
John (J Alan) Brown
Born in Aiken, S.C., John Alan Brown spent his formative years in Statesboro taught to play guitar by his father as soon as he could hold one. At 5 years old, John’s dad showed him a song he had written, and it changed John’s life.
“Until that moment, I never really knew people actually wrote songs,” Brown confesses. “I guess I thought they just happened. I love a good story, and love creating them and sharing them via my music.”
Throughout his career in music, he, with his band Outrider, had the opportunity to open for Aaron Tippen and David Allan Coe, and they were the band for Percy Sledge.
In 2008, after years of writing his own material, John finally recorded an album of all original works. The album, “Who’s Laughing Now,” afforded him the chance to work with some of country music’s greatest instrumentalists in Nashville. With his down home honesty and southern sensibility combined with a unique way with words, he’s one of Statesboro’s favorite songwriters.
Southern soul, blues, rock and roll. Thunder Gypsy has recently started venturing into original music. Based in Atlanta, they recently won the Atlanta 2017 Blues Challenge. Not a bad way to introduce themselves! Their debut album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, BandCamp, and their online website at www.thunder
This four-piece packs a punch in their shows, and puts on a full five-course meal of musical deliciousness. Check them out, and then come see them live at the Rising Creek show.
Well, she almost needs no introduction. The fact is, Micahlan Boney is a young lady with an old soul, and her music conveys every part of it from the style to her showmanship...all the way down to her costumes.
Closing out Thursday’s show, she and her band will leave the audience with their toes tapping and lips smiling.
Boney is headed to Nashville soon to work full-time with some of the big named artists that she’s hit the stage with. Here’s a chance to see one of the Statesboro area’s own before she move on to the big time.
The artists will also have merchandise tables set up where patrons can purchase CDs and meet the artists face to face.
Tickets are $10 and on sale at the Averitt Center or visit their website, www.averittcenterfortheart.org.