Music Fest to Feature Blues Bands at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Live performances during two-day festival May 20 & 21

BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Spring 2017 Lost Hollow Music Fest will be held on May 20 & 21. The two-day festival will feature six performances by a range of musicians who have put their own spin on blues and will also feature screenings of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary.”

The festival will kick off on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. with a screening of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary” followed at 11:30 a.m. with a panel discussion about the documentary, The Instigators at 12:30 p.m., Moreland & Arbuckle at 2 p.m., another screening of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary” at 3:30 p.m. and headliner Jarekus Singleton at 4 p.m. Music Fest will continue on Sunday, May 21 with Nathan Pope at noon, a screening of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary” at both 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Abe Reid at 2 p.m. and Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues at 4 p.m. The Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but please note that ticket sales and entry end at 4 p.m. each day.

In addition to this fantastic lineup of top-notch performers and family fun, food offerings will be available for purchase from food trucks and The Garden Store. A selection of beverages including craft beer, wine and more will be also be available for purchase.

The festival is free with general Garden admission. Admission is free for Garden members, $12.95 per adult, $11.95 per senior 60+, $6.95 per child ages 2-12, and free for children under age two. Tickets are available in advance online at Tickets will also be available at the door. Lost Hollow Music Fest Spring 2017 is sponsored by WSGE 91.7 and Park Sterling Bank.

Entertainment Featured During Lost Hollow Music Fest

Music Fest will kick off with a screening of “Live from the Double Door Inn: A Documentary,” the story about Charlotte’s home for the blues for more than 43 years. The film’s producers and other special guests will lead a panel discussion about this renowned club’s history.

The music winds up on Saturday with The Instigators, a four piece Chicago Blues/Southern Soul band that is taking Charlotte like lightning. Its members are Rob Dayton on harmonica and vocals, Stephen Foley on bass and Vocals, John Hartley on drums and Michael Ingmire on guitar and vocals.

Next up are guitarist Aaron Moreland, vocalist/harmonicist Dustin Arbuckle, and drummer Kendall Newby of the groundbreaking Kansas-based trio Moreland & Arbuckle. This gritty blues and roots rock band electrifies raw Delta and Mississippi Hill Country blues, folk, and traditional country with unrelenting punk rock energy washed in hard-hitting Southern soul. According to the New York Post, they have “a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.”

Saturday’s headliner Jarekus Singleton, a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent, will wrap up day one with his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice. At just 30 years old, he’s a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions is all his own.

The Music Fest returns Sunday with 15-year-old blues guitarist from the heart of North Carolina with a great love for the blues, Nathan Pope, and musicians Chuck Sirko and Bruce Wassel. Nathan received his first guitar at the age of two and was teaching himself to play by the age of seven. A few years later he started joining in on the weekly jams of the local blues society and in 2015 attended the Pinetop Perkins Masterclass workshop in Mississippi working with the likes of Bob Margolin, and many others.


Next up and hailing from Statesville, Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers are back for a reprise performance at Lost Hollow Music Fest. Abe Reid has an incredible energy and is a past winner of the International Blues Competition in Memphis. He learned straight from the old-timey greats and pays them tribute by keeping the blues alive and full of grit. The band’s unique style of savory old-school blues is gritty, steady-rocking musical dynamite.

Bringing the Music Fest to a close is headliner Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues. Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band, recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker, and played bass on the Sanford & Son television show and for Otis Redding and B.B. King. Mac moved to L.A. and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He retired to be an organic farmer, but now Mac is back with his own band and a “plate full” of albums, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.


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