Four microphones, four guitars, four storytellers, one stage.
The Sunrise Theater’s original showcase returns for its fourth installment, welcoming back host Becca Rae, who has put together a phenomenal lineup of incredibly talented songwriters from North Carolina.
Presented in Nashville’s famous “in the round” style, this intimate evening of storytelling takes audience members inside the minds of professional songwriters. All four artists will share the stage at the same time, taking turns explaining the inspiration behind their original music and playing just one song at a time. This show is a unique opportunity for fans to go behind the lyrics and melodies of Carolina’s original soundtrack.
Featured artists will be Becca Rae, Jason Adamo, Abigail Dowd, and Dean Driver.
Becca Rae (pictured above) is a mainstream country music singer-songwriter, best known for her powerhouse vocals and emotionally charged lyrics. Her passion for songwriting and her desire to promote local artists led to the creation of “Singer-Songwriters in the Round”, and her relentless drive and determination have made her a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene.
Becca Rae has released two independent albums, with a third due out this year, and has organized songwriter showcases for venues all across the state. She continues to delight fans and media alike, with her relatable lyrics and memorable melodies.
Jason Adamo, of Raleigh, has also spent years living in New York City and Nashville, immersing himself in each city’s music and songwriting scenes. Jason is a truly soulful singer, whose raspy falsetto has been compared to legends like Joe Cocker.
He recently received his first cut on a Major Label (“Beautiful Believer”) on Brett Young’s Big Machine Label Group debut LP “Brett Young”. Jason Adamo is a seasoned entertainer, with the ability to take a captive audience from “engaged silence” to a “floor stomping, rollicking good time.”
Abigail Dowd, originally from Carthage, has now established herself as one of Greensboro’s premiere singer-songwriters. She taught herself to play guitar at age 14, and went on to study classical guitar with Danny Infantino.
In 2009, Abigail moved to Florence, Italy, and then to Maine, where she spent five years writing songs and developing her own style. Her bluesy voice and raw, honest lyrics are beautifully showcased on her debut album, “Wake Me Up”, released in January 2017.
Dean Driver, of Greensboro, is the owner and proprietor of “Doodad Farm”, which boasts a unique music venue and outdoor stage. Dean’s songwriting career began later in life; after his children were grown and he had time to devote to the music he’d been hearing in his head all his life.
Dean counts The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Cliff Eberhardt as musical influences, but Dean’s style and sound are uniquely his own- distinctive melodies and heartfelt lyrics that engage and surprise.
The show will be held on Saturday, April 7th at 7:30 pm. There will be a 15-minute intermission between sets.
Tickets for the show are $14 and can be purchased online at www.sunrisetheater.com or by calling the theater office at 910-692-3611. Tickets can also be purchased in person during movie time at the concessions or in the theater office at 244 NW Broad St. Southern Pines.