- May 17, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Patrick Smith’s music is heavy with tradition, beautifully well crafted, and performed. It is also edgy and explosive, sometimes dancing along the dark, funky low notes that hide in those sucking, black spaces best-found lurking in barrooms sometime ‘round midnight before bursting forth in a blaze of white-lighted gospel that sends dancers’ hands writhing towards heaven in ecstasy. His music is full of place, bringing all that the Mississippi River melting pot has to offer with it. He deftly fuses various influences that rolled in on that mighty river to his hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi, weaving into his songs Delta blues, barrelhouse rocking piano riffs, wailing jazz, underbelly soul, heart-wrenching gospel, and the funkiness of a New Orleans brass band. Patrick’s throaty, warm, whisky voice ties his sound tightly together.
Noel Felty is veteran of the music industry for almost 30 years. Classically trained in the Western NC mountains and working professionally by age 15 in a Big Band Jazz ensemble with men 3-4 times his age, Noel honed his skills in the art of performance and professionalism. Leaving NC fresh out of high school, the prodigy drummer began musical studies in Athens GA and within weeks was the 1st call hired gun for many bands. Forming his 1st Progressive Rock/ Jazz band in 91, Noel toured extensively throughout the United States with his band Both Sides, working and sharing the stage with artists such as ARU, Widespread Panic, Edwin McCain, Catfish Jenkins, Col Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners, Allgood, The Grapes, Sheryl Crow, and recording with Legendary producer Johnny Sandlin of Allman Brothers fame. After almost a decade of extensive touring and recording, Noel still in his 20’s, longed for the Mountains of NC. Putting his love of Jazz polyrhythmic and odd meter drumming aside he picked up a guitar moved back to Brevard and went to work in the moving industry. Not long after, he got the call to join the mountain rock outfit of Jupiter Coyote. Jupiter Coyote consisted of a mixture of family and old friends. It was a great fit and they are still playing together today. Noel’s style is heavily influenced by Jazz, World Music with emphasis on improvisation and creating color on stage. A lover of all music and versed in all styles he can move fluidly from one genre to the next.