‘Made In Carolina’ Event Announced At Waterside Theatre [Concert Preview]

Posted By on April 24, 2014

The Lost Colony is excited to make its fourth concert announcement in the PNC Presents: Live At The Waterside Concert Series.  

Made In Carolina will be an evening festival featuring two of the states’ most notable bands:  The Red Clay Ramblers and Molasses Creek at the Waterside Theatre on August 3 at 8pm.   

The Made In Carolina concert event is coming to Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island.

Also being featured will be a dozen North Carolina artists with their work on display and for sale in the rain shelter areas of the theatre and plenty of food and drink that have made the state synonymous with foodies everywhere.  Doors for the festival will open at 6PM to provide ample time for patrons to peruse the art and sample the food. 

Molasses Creek’s high-energy performances and heartfelt songwriting bring the love of their coastal home to the stage. The band’s elegant harmonies and arrangements, blazing instrumentals, and quirky sense of humor have won loyal followers throughout the United States and around the world. 

Their inspiration arose amidst exotic fig trees and rich tidewater marshes of isolated Ocracoke Island, NC. Only accessible by ferry, Ocracoke is an enchanting step out of modern times into a world of captivating natural beauty, rich maritime history, ghostly shipwrecks, heroic lifesavers, crafty pirates, and a community of 900 independently minded residents.  Frequent guests on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” Molasses Creek has recorded 13 albums over the past 20 years, including 2014’s top ten release “Something Worth Having”.

Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers are a North Carolina musical institution whose repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain music, bluegrass, country, rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel, and the American musical.

The Ramblers’ long association with music and theater includes the original New York productions of Diamond Studs (1975) Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind (1985).  But their best known musical theatre work was Fool Moon. In 1993 Fool Moon earned the Ramblers their second Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play.  It went on to set box-office records in Los Angeles; had successful runs in Vienna and Munich; and returned TWICE to Broadway in 1995 and 1999.  In 1999 Fool Moon played for over a month at Washington’s’ Kennedy Center and was recognized by the Broadway community with a Special Tony Award.

The Ramblers have been guests numerous times on Garrison Keillor’s  “A Prairie Home Companion” and have appeared nationally with Jay Leno (NBC-TV “Tonight”), Harry Smith (CBS-TV “This Morning”) and Candice Bergen (ABC-TV “AM-America”).  They have toured extensively in North America and in Europe, and have made four USIA concert tours, to eastern Europe, sub-Sahara Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. 

Over the years, the Ramblers have performed with such figures as Shawn Colvin (a Red Clay Rambler alum), Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, Ireland’s Boys of the Lough, Randy Newman (recorded “Ride, Gambler, Ride” with him for the film Maverick), and Michele Shocked (who brought the Eagles’ Bernie Leadon and a mobile studio to North Carolina to record “Contest Coming” with the Ramblers).  All along, members of the Ramblers have been involved separately in diverse creative projects, including children’s works for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the celebratory Carolina musicals King Mackerel, Cool Spring, and Tar Heel Voices.

The Daily Advance calls the Ramblers’ latest CD, Old North State “North Carolina culture at its best.”  Premier acoustic music station WNCW salutes The Red Clay Ramblers as “the house band of North Carolina.”  All over North Carolina, as well as from New York City to St. Louis to Vancouver Island, The Ramblers continue to carry the banner of string-band music far and wide, and with great joy and zest.

Tickets for the June 29th event will go on sale to Roanoke Island Historical Association Members on April 28 and to the general public on May 2. 

Tickets will be available online at www.thelostcolony.org

Tickets are $30, and a limited number of VIP tickets will be available at $60.  VIP tickets are extremely limited and include premium seating in the front few rows, as well as exclusive access to the VIP lounge beginning one hour prior to the show.  VIP lounge is located backstage in our air conditioned Sound Stage Theatre and offers complimentary snacks & beverages.

The Elizabethan Inn, located 2 miles from the theatre is offering special overnight packages.

Lost Colony CEO Bill Coleman says: “This event is something we feel we can make an annual thing.  Sharing North Carolina in this way with tourists in the high season is something we feel is unique.  There are so many great artists in the state that I don’t think we’d ever run out of bands to put on that stage, barbecue joints to feature or artists to feature in the rain shelters.  We’re not ready to put on a day-long event yet, so this will be an evening festival but I promise there will be more fun packed into those 4 or 5 hours than people can handle.”

Tickets to three other events at Waterside Theatre this summer, 1964: The Tribute on June 15, The Lovin’ Spoonful on July 20, and Jars Of Clay on August 3 are already on sale. 

The final events in the “Live at the Waterside” series will be announced in the coming weeks. 

PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor of the concert series.

The Live at the Waterside Concert Series comes to Roanoke Island, NC this summer.


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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