The 2019-2020 season of the Lincoln County Concert Association begins next Friday, Sept. 13. Normally, these concerts are held on Sundays but some of the groups that were booked this year were so popular alternative dates had to be chosen.
“As always, we try to have a variety and it’s never been more pronounced than this year,” LCCA chair Rick Ramseur said. “None of them are similar in any way. Memberships are still available and since we are less than two weeks away, I think we can safely say that anyone who comes to the first concert and buys a ticket, we will deduct the price from what they pay at the door.”
Adult membership is $50, student, $15, two parent family, including all children under 18, $115 and one parent family, $65. Membership includes all four concerts. That fee also covers all of the concerts of LCCA’s three reciprocal associations in Gastonia, Statesville and Albemarle.
The first group, Sons of Serendip, are a group of friends from Boston. They were America’s Got Talent finalists in 2014 which gave the group national exposure. This concert will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
“I saw them on several NBC Christmas specials,” Ramseur said. “We understand they’ve been getting really good reviews on the tours that they’ve done. I’ve done a follow-up call to some of the people who sponsored them. Two of them said it was their best concert ever.”
Sons of Serendip is a unique and dynamic quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and a vocalist. They perform "classical" arrangements of popular songs.
The next concert will also be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center and will feature the Jeff Little Trio. It will be Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
“The Jeff Little Trio has been around for quite some time,” Ramseur said. “I guess I heard them the first time at Merle Fest. I think they play there every year. Jeff is an exceptional piano player and accompanying him is Steve Lewis from Todd. He is a national banjo champion and then he went back years later and won guitar so holds the title in two different instruments. He’s an exceptional stringed instrument player.”
The trio is rounded out with Jeff Little’s son who plays the mandolin. They play a mixture of jazz, swing, honky-tonk and bluegrass.
The next group to perform is a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Swamp River Revival. This concert will be held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. There will be room for dancing at this concert.
The last concert returns to the intimacy of the Cultural Center for a solo piano performance by Gregory Knight. It finishes up the LCCA concert series Sunday, May 3, 2020.
“Gregory is an accomplished pianist,” Ramseur said. “He plays with Puddingstone which is how we were introduced to him. He was invited back to compete again in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The concert that he’ll be doing for us will be like a dress rehearsal for what he’ll be doing for the competition.”
Membership to LCCA is not required to attend a concert. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 per ticket.
For more information, contact the LCCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their web site at www.lincolnconcerts.org. The Lincoln Cultural Center is located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. The James W. Warren Citizens Center is located at 115 West Main Street in Lincolnton.