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Marsha Ellison
Marsha began her career in music in the Charlotte area in the early '70s. Continuing to expand her territory in the next couple of years, she travelled around central Florida with the blues band Maggie's Farm. She married a musician, and they began to play the Southern California venues with their band, Hobo's Jungle. For the next 5 years they were frequently heard playing the clubs in Oceanside, Carlsbad, La Jolla and El Cajon. Hobo's Jungle played all the acoustic-friendly blues and folk tunes that were then popular, as well as original songs. Marsha has done studio work as a vocalist and rhythm guitar player, and has performed for many functions important to her clients. Marsha has returned to her roots of folk, blues and country, as well as much gospel and praise music. She can be found playing guitar, alone or with friends, singing in various venues in Charlotte and the surrounding area, attending open mic nights, playing at various restaurants, clubs, coffee houses, private parties, weddings and civic functions. If you have a function in need of music, please contact Marsha here or at facebook.com/marsha.ellison, or at 704-763-1876 for more information. 
Performing July 8, August 12, and September 9 - from 5-7 PM

The Flipside is a Charlotte, NC rock band that covers many decades. We have a focus on multiple vocal harmonies and keeping current and past hits interesting and fun. Many of our band members originate from the northeast more specifically the New York City and New Jersey area. We are an eclectic mix that covers many musical interests and all share a passion for making good music for all those who would listen and enjoy. Book us for your next event! Performing July 8, August 12, and September 9 - from 5-7 PM


Cory Threatt and Richard Johnson
Cory Threatt and Richard Johnson are an acoustic collaboration based in Rock Hill, SC.  
Their original compositions draw inspiration from Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and various other singer/songwriters. 

Richard's percussion and drumming spans 30 years. In 2012, the duo began performing Cory's original music and select covers, and are currently recording a CD of Cory's music.

Performing September 9 - from 5-7 PM

From an early age, Jamie Kay knew he was a performer. He began singing in elementary school and performing in school theater productions. At age 12, he picked up the guitar and soon began writing songs. While performing at a party in Westport, Connecticut in 1979, he was introduced to Darius Brubeck, son of Dave, the great jazz pianist. From the recording sessions in Brubeck’s studio and the shows in Greenwich Village that followed, Kay has since traveled and performed from New Orleans to Portland, Maine. His music and voice appeal to those of any age and heritage, and captures the “heroic commonality” of our lives.

Kay’s style is hard to categorize as it crosses many musical genres. He has shared the stage with musical icons, Pete Seeger and Bo Diddley, crossing folk and rock boundaries. And has recorded with a host of other musical greats, such as Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears. Moving from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008, Kay is working on a new recording project.

The Charlotte Examiner writes:: “A lot has been written about Jamie over his 35 year career as a singer-songwriter. The fact that he has been an active part of American music for that many years speaks volumes about his talent. We here in Charlotte are fortunate that he is one of "us" and we have the opportunity to share his experiences…”

Performing July 8, August 12, and September 9 - from 5-7 PM

Sonny Skyyz & The Rainmakers were formed in June of 2011 and has quickly become one of the hottest & most versatile bands in the southeast. The band delivers an uptown "Old School" R&B sound, hard hitting, down home Blues and a wide range of Rock & Roll, Funk & Pop. They are also capable of throwing in some Country if requested.


SONNY SKYYZ - influence by the soulful and powerful basslines that defined 60's & 70's soul & funk and honed his skills with friend & guitarist Joe Stark. Played extensively in the Sacramento & the Bay Area from San Francisco to San Jose. In San Diego, CA. he was recruited by the legendary blues band "The JukeStompers" as the bassist/frontman/lead vocalist. Relocating to Charlotte, NC, Sonny has continued to work as a bassist/vocalist with some of the best musicians in town. Sonny has played with, or opened up shows for the following: Hubert Sumlin, Blues Pianist Omar Sharriff, B.B. King, Joe Louis Walker, A.J. Croce, Bobby Parker, Sonny Rhodes, Robin Henkle, Johnnie Johnson, Bobby Bland, The Bel-Airs, Elvin Bishop, Tom Cat Courtney, William Clarke, Rick Estrin, Ann Rabson, Johnny Heartsman, Jr. Walker, Candye Kane, Jimmy Smith, Steve Foster, Louisiana Red, Buddy Guy, Frankie Lee, Coco Montoya, Johnny Dyer, The Paladins & Savoy Brown

JEFF HAWTHORNE - started playing drums at age 11 and started playing in professional bands by the time he was 14. Jeff has played in various genres including Rock, Blues, Top 40, Show, Country, Contemporary Christian and original bands. He has traveled on the road from Virginia, Colorado, Florida, New York and everywhere in between. Musically, Jeff was influenced by the likes of The Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck, Little Feat & Vince Gill just to name a few. Jeff's "clock-like" timing and strong drum play lays the goove-based foundation that is key to The Rainmaker Sound,

ROYCE "MARTY" COFIELD - born in Suffolk,Virginia the son of Royce and Nicki Cofield. His father, a well known fiddle player, bought him his first guitar at the age of 6. By the age of ten, Marty was singing and playing in the family band. As he grew older, he started listening to different types of music, picked up an electric guitar, and began a love affair with the Blues that continues to this day. Marty's considered one of the best guitar players in the region by his peers. His vocals & genre versatility completes The Rainmakers sound.

GRUB - from Dallas,NC Grub is the most recognized, versatile and complete keyboard player in the Southeast. Grub has played, recorded with some of the best players and musical acts in Charlotte and the surrounding area including The Part Time Blues Band. His contributions to The Rainmakers are invaluable.


David Zoernig

David Zoernig
David's classical piano studies began at age five in Sioux City, Iowa. The youngest of seven, his musical family introduced him to jazz, blues, and pop standard repertoire, as high school and college performance studies sparked interest in late Romantic era, and Impressionist composers. 

You will find David active building community through music in the Charlotte region at his parish, All Saints Episcopal (Gastonia), singing in the Tuned In Singers Community chorus, and serving on music committees and teams for National Episcopal Cursillo, Mecklenburg Ministries Citywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, and the UN International Day of Peace Celebration.
Performing July 8, August 12, and September 9 - from 5-7 PM

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