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Originally published: 2012-07-19 12:00:46
Last modified: 2012-07-19 12:00:46

Jeff Luckadoo and Southern Wave, Night Eagle Band headline this week’s free concerts

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Banner Elk Concerts in the Park welcomes Jeff Luckadoo and Southern Wave Thursday
Jeff Luckadoo and Southern Wave is the featured band at Banner Elk Concerts in the Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 19, at Tate-Evans Town Park’s stage behind Bank of America on Highway 194. 

Born in Texas and raised in Mount Holly, Luckadoo is a singer/songwriter and actor who musically grew up on Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and other Southern singers and songwriters. 

“That stuff just resonates in my soul, songs about real life pain and love. I try to bring that same narrative to my songs,” Luckadoo said. 

As a singer/songwriter, Luckadoo’s music is described as Country Americana steeped in Southern experience. Whether it’s the passion of a coming home song like “Carolina Blue,” or the irreverent rocker “Can You Hear Me Now?” or a funny story song like “Speedo Toledo,” Luckadoo’s songs are full of imagery and emotion. Wing’NIt sponsors this week’s concert.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and coolers. Friendly dogs are permitted on leash. Food will also be available for purchase at the concert. Raffle tickets can be purchased for prizes as well as for a cash drawing.

For more information on Banner Elk Concerts in the Park, call Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce at (828) 898-8395 or click to

Newland Riverwalk Concert Series welcomes Night Eagle Band Friday
Newland Riverwalk Concert Series continues from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, July 20, with Night Eagle Band as the featured group. Avery Humane Society sponsors this week’s event.

Tony “Night Eagle” Oakes plays lead guitar and harmonica, and his vocals lend the band a distinctive attitude. He has many years of experience as a musician and songwriter, having played everything from bluegrass to Billy Idol. 

Through the years, many great musicians influenced his music that has combined to help Oakes create a unique playing style.

Rick “Fingers” Brown has played keyboard professionally for most of his life. He has been known by the nickname “Fingers” since he was 11 years old growing up in western New York. He has played almost every style of music through the years from jazz to rock. When he and Oakes met several years ago, Night Eagle was born. The additions of Randy “One Speed” Matheson on guitar and bass, and Dean “Animal” Arrigo on drums round out the band. 

Night Eagle Band has opened for artists that include The Allman Brothers, Restless Heart, Matt Stillwell, Vern Gosdin, Molly Hatchet, Confederate Railroad, David Allen Coe, Wade Hayes, B.T.O., Tinsley Ellis, Johnny Winter and The Black Crowes.

Town of Newland, Sugar Mountain Port-a-John, Nationwide Insurance, High Country Cleaning Service, Mountain Jewelers, Pack Rats, Mountain Electric, Newland Quality Mart, Shady Lawn Lodge, TAP Homes, Loven Concrete and Tom Allison sponsor the series.

Rain date location for concerts is Hugh Chapman Center at the Williams YMCA in Linville. Weekly prizes will be given through drawings and trivia questions. 

For more information on Newland Riverwalk Concert Series, call Bill Close at (828) 260-3205.

Concert benefiting Jim Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund and garden dedication July 28
A benefit concert and dedication service for the Jim Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held at the Riverwalk band shell in Newland beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Featured musical groups Jason Collins, Skyland Ministries and The John’s River Quartet will be in concert. The event is free of charge, with a love offering collected. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Jim Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

In addition to the concert, there will be a dedication service for the Jim Greene Memorial Flower Garden, located next to the Riverwalk stage. For more information, call Phillip Greene at (828) 733-0188.