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The Harvester Performance Center was ready early Thursday morning for the first of three consecutive concerts with the Indigo Girls raising the curtain with their performance last night (Thursday). Jerry Douglas will take the stage tonight (Friday) with the popular Carolina Chocolate Drops will spotlight Saturday night’s activities. Show time is 8 each night. Advance discount tickets can be ordered until the day before the show.

Friday, April 25, 2014

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Jerry Douglas will show off his skills Friday night during the second of three big nights at Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center.

The Indigo Girls performed last night, kicking off the first full weekend of shows at the Harvester Center since its official opening night of April 11.

Best known for his work as a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, Douglas is a master musician, songwriter and producer. His most recent album, "Traveler," includes contributions from Eric Clapton, Mumford & Sons, Paul Simon, Keb'Mo, Marc Cohn and Allison Krauss & Union Station.

Referred to as "the best dobro player in the world," Douglas has earned 13 Grammy Awards and has been Musician of the Year of the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and the Americana Music Association. He has also won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Douglas has been a part of Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Boone Creek, Strength in Numbers, Elvis Costello's Sugarcanes and others. He has appeared on over 2,000 recordings throughout his career, including artists like James Taylor, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Garth Brooks, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris and the soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

"Getting Jerry Douglas here is a tremendous accomplishment for Harvester Manager Gary Jackson and the Harvester staff, and a great performance for our community and the Crooked Road, as well," said Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.

Also scheduled this weekend are the Grammy award- winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, set to perform Saturday, April 26.

In early 2012, the Carolina Chocolate Drops released their studio album "Leaving Eden" (Nonesuch Records) produced by Buddy Miller.

The traditional African-American string band's album was recorded in Nashville and featured founding members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, along with multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and cellist Leyla McCalla, already a familiar presence at the group's live shows.

With Flemons and McCalla now concentrating on solo work, the group's 2014 lineup will feature two more virtuosic players alongside Giddens and Jenkins - cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett.

The New York Times declared the Chocolate Drops' concerts "an end-to-end display of excellence. They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and '30s--string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz--and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing and shouting."

Their style represents "...dirt-floor-dance electricity."

They are "an appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug band hits and gospel hollers. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are still the most electrifying acoustic act around."

Tickets are on sale now for the shows on April 25 and 26, as well as over 50 other shows already scheduled for the spring and summer.

The Harvester Performance Center is located in Rocky Mount, Virginia. The 475-seat venue will host over 150 musical acts each year from all genres of music. Visit harvester-music.com to see all the upcoming shows and to order tickets.

 
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