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Pig Cook-off and festival on the Washington, NC waterfront

Live Bands

THIS YEAR’S BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL MUSIC IS PROVIDED COURTESY OF RIBEYE’S RESTAURANT AND THE ARTS OF THE PAMLICO. 

FRIDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT ON THE DECK AT RIBEYES

Cooper Greer is one of the foremost up and coming country artists in eastern NC. He was born in southwest Missouri then moved all over the country as a child until he ended up in eastern NC. He grew up in a rural area working on a farm, hunting, fishing, and playing guitar since the age of nine. He discovered his love for songwriting around the age of 16 and has been writing ever since. At 18 he started to rodeo, riding bulls, and broncs and traveling the country. These experiences shaped his songwriting to become something truly special. In November of 2017, he released his first single “Lost Ships” which was picked up by local radio as soon as it came out. The success of that single launched his career forward allowing him to play over 100 successful shows as well as a solo tour spanning from North Carolina to Arizona all in his first year of touring. In 2019 he released his extremely successful second single “To Be Loved Right.” He is extremely active in raising money for charities through benefit concerts. He has been featured in Eastern Living Magazine as well as multiple newspapers. Cooper’s style is heavily influenced by artists like Johnny Cash, Deirks Bentley, and Chris Young. He is currently in the studio working on his next single “Right Where I Needed To Be” which is set to release in September of 2019.

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Kaleb Skirko is the lead vocalist and songwriter for one of Eastern NCs favorite country bands Rural Route Romance

He was born in Washington state and moved to NC 12 years ago. He’s been playing up and down the east coast with Rural Route Romance (R3X) for the past three years as well as making trips back to the west coast for solo shows. His first release with R3X debuted in 2017 and rose quickly to the #6 position on New Country Music Weeklys Countdown. He is currently working on a solo album to be released this spring. His music genre is that of a modern country/southern rock blend.

Cierra Linton is right here from Washington, NC, and attends Washington High School. Her love and passion for music all began at a very young age. She grew up watching her dad as a musician, and instantly music was in her blood. Cierra’s dad and inspiration DC Linton continues to be involved in music and has played in bands in Eastern NC. Over the years, Cierra has learned to play multiple instruments and start songwriting. She now gets to perform for her family, friends, and community doing what she loves. 

Squier Red and the Blues Band will play on the SOTW MAIN STAGE (Large Gazebo in Festival Park) from 9:30 am till 11 am.  

SATURDAY’S MUSIC LINE-UP

Squier Red & The Blues Band are a mature group of individuals from all walks of life who live to play Blues Music. They have recently released a new album, “An Expected End.” All the musicians in the band are members of Squier Red’s Blues Performers Meetup Group. Blues music in its purest form is raw and unprocessed; it comes from the heart. All members of this Meetup Group play together a few times a month and money is not their motivation for playing, the love of Blues is. 

Like them on FACEBOOK. To book them for your next event, call them at (919) 302-2108.

The Steve Creech Band, a Jazz Quartet, will be playing Saturday at 11:15 am – 12:45 pm.

Steve Creech, guitarist, and leader of the band, resides in Greenville, NC with his wife, Catherine. A Kinston native, he began entertaining on his ukelele at age six with the family barbershop and gospel quartet. A self-taught guitarist at age 11, he and a classmate formed his first band, The Hi-Fi-s, during high school in the fifties, when the band had a weekly 30-minute local radio show. He has been playing receptions, dances, weddings, dinners, benefits, and entertainment venues ever since. Steve, who also plays solo guitar, studied music formally through private lessons and courses at Wake Forest University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively, as well as receiving a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thereupon, he worked professionally in the field of mental health for 31 years before retiring after 23 years as Area Director of the Pitt County Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Area Program and increasing his musical engagements to more than 100 per year. He also was a guest co-host on the popular local TV show, Carolina Today, for three years in the ’90s. A songwriter during high school and college, three of his compositions were recorded, including “Spanish Guitar,” which was re-released in the Fall of 2015 on a German label, Tramp Records. Another original composition, “When You’ve Lost the One You Love,” was recorded by country singer, Valcris, in the summer of 2017.

Tommy Smith, a native and current resident of Greenville, NC with his wife, Julia, was an All-State tackle at Greenville High School. After receiving his degree in music from East Carolina University, he attended Berkeley School of Music, whereupon, he was offered a contract by the late Stan Kenton. The talented trombonist/vocalist played several years with Pete Fountain, as well as performed with the Disney Band, Captain and Tennille, Hal Linden, the Platters, and many others big-name musicians in New Orleans and throughout the East Coast. He taught music at ECU, Rose High School, and numerous other schools along the way of his brilliant career. He is also a very talented artist, as well as composer, arranger, and conductor.

Les Sutorius, a native of New York, played trumpet in an All-America Band while in high school. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before returning to New York, where he had the opportunity to play with many great musicians there. A terrific improviser, Les is a highly-sought musician who plays with several bands throughout the State, as well as a special guest performer for military events. He and his wife, Cindy, a very talented, professional vocalist, reside in Cypress Landing near Chocowinity, NC.

Stephan Pryor, who resides in Greenville, NC with his wife, Beverly, and daughter, received his degree in music, with acoustic bass as his primary instrument, at Old Dominion University. He teaches music in Edgecombe County Public School. Stephan is the principal acoustic bassist in the Pitt Community College Orchestra. He is, also, an accomplished church musician, and plays in many local small groups, as well as big bands, including the Emerald City Big Band from Greenville and the Starlight Dance Band from Goldsboro.

Southern Fried Rhythm & Blues will take the Main Stage from 1-2:30 pm.

Southern Fried Rhythm & Blues Band is a group of “A” list musicians based out of eastern North Carolina. The band’s instrumentation is saxophone, guitar, flute, bass guitar, keyboards & drums. Blues, jazz, R&B & pop … the band plays it all with instrumental & vocal arrangements with an unmistakable groove.

No Right Turn will take the Main Stage from 2:45-4:15 pm.

All members of No Right Turn are previous touring professionals currently performing Progressive and Traditional Blues, Classic Rock, Country Rock and a Sprinkling of Originals. Incorporating both Electric and Acoustic Sets and favoring many tight harmony based tunes, No Right Turn’s music appeals to everyone.

Wayne Stoeckert

  • Initially playing Bass along with side old friend and master guitar player Gary Sager, Wayne toured the east coast as lead singer/bassist for “Fatt Rabbitt.” The band headlined in such prominent clubs as “Tony Marts” on the Jersey Shore, as well as venues stretching from Boston to Lauderdale.
  • After choosing to leave the rigors of life on the “Road,” Wayne also decided to switch to lead guitar. He performed with several high profile groups in and around Buffalo, NY, playing genres of Country Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, and Blues.
  • Now living in Washington, Wayne, and his bandmates have settled into an exciting Multi Genre-based repertoire. His strong vocal and guitar abilities enhance “No Right Turn’s” contribution to the area’s musical landscape.

Butch Adams 

  • Played professionally from the late ’60s through the ’70s with many local bands basing out of Vanceboro. He is a systems technician for a local business and now resides in Greenville

Patrick James

  • “I’ve experienced many genres of music, worked with various bands over 30+ years.
  • Session musician on various projects, recordings and demo’s
  • Also, played opening acts for Doug Stone, Diamond Rio, Charlie Daniels Band, to name a few…