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The Big Band Theory To Play At 185 King St.


May 16, 2019

The Big Band Theory featuring Patrick Smith and Noel Felty are bringing their many years from the jam circuit to 185 King St. on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. They will be joined by Mark McDaniel and Howie Johnson.

Smith’s music is heavy with tradition, but also edgy and explosive. His music is full of place, bringing all 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, Miss., 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.

Felty is veteran of the music industry for almost 30 years. Classically trained and working professionally by age 15 in a Big Band Jazz ensemble with men three to four times his age, Felty honed his skills in the art of performance and professionalism. Forming his first progressive rock/ jazz band in 1991, Felty 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 and Sheryl Crow.

After almost a decade of extensive touring and recording, he put his love of jazz polyrhythmic and odd meter drumming aside, 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, which consisted of a mixture of family and old friends. It was a great fit and they are still playing today.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

On Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m., Sol Driven Train will take the stage. The band’s playful sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afro-Caribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss and long johns. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, S.C., features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, keyboards and percussion.

Tickets for the show are $12 for members and $17 for non-members.


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