WEDNESDAY JULY 23
7:30 PM - $10
Mike Shackelford - Walter Parks
Billy Bowers - Steve Shanholtzer
Mike has always been an advocate and champion of artists performing their own material. At the same time, always enjoyed covering other artist's material. "Mike's Mic" will offer the audience a chance to experience both sides of him and his quests, their own material and the artists who inspired them to become musicians. Please join Mike and his guests as they share songs and stories, and invite the audience to enjoy a candid and intimate look inside their careers, influences and plans for the future.
THURSDAY JULY 24
7:30 PM - $12
Veteran blues and jazz guitarist Walter Parks has built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, as half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-southern rock group Swamp Cabbage. Just as Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp has served as the headwaters of Florida’s Suwanee River, so has it served as the inspirational headwaters for Walter’s unique guitar concept – a banjo-esque fingerpicking style that toggles between expressing the swamp’s foggy, ambient underbelly and it’s eminent danger via the use of a modicum of pleasant distortion. Inspired by the sultry black gospel that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in the American southeast, Parks’s raspy vocal lows and soaring operatic falsetto explore the frontier of the modern human spirit in search of a place where it can flourish.