2018 Summer Dinner & Concert Series featuring Pat Cardwell & Friends - Friday, September 7th, 7 PM/Tickets $12

Unity of The Blue Ridge invites you to share in an evening of great music as they feature Pat Cardwell & Friends!

Bring a self-contained meal and beverage (no alcohol) around 6:00 PM and enjoy dinner with friends before the concert - tables will be set up inside, or bring your own blanket, weather permitting. The concert begins at 7:00 PM.

Asheville-based musician Pat Cardwell presents an evening of music, including some original Americana, Blues, Folk, and Rock - music for all of you.

Patton "Pat" Cardwell has been playing and sharing music for 20 years in North Carolina and the Southeast. A native of Atlanta, GA, he first fell in love with the music of James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, and Motown thanks to his parents love of music and a very cool older brother that encouraged him to follow music and find his own voice.

After immersion in the diverse music scene at Appalachian State in Boone, NC for 6 years, Pat moved to Asheville in 2000 to begin the next leg of his musical and life journey with his wife, Laura, and his soon-to-be daughters, Sophie and Ella.

The Folk, Americana, Blues, and Rock songs that Pat has penned and discovered along the way reflect his interest and passion for the mystical realms within each of us and the practice of bringing this to the surface with simple songs, lyrics, grooves, and melodies. Inspiring music for young and old.

Tickets: $12

Tickets available in our bookstore or online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3569985

2018 Summer Dinner & Concert Series featuring LEA - Friday, October 19th , 7 PM/Tickets $12

Unity of The Blue Ridge invites you to share in an evening of great music featuring LEA!

Bring a self-contained meal and beverage (no alcohol) around 6:00 PM and enjoy dinner with friends before the concert - tables will be set up inside, or bring your own blanket, weather permitting. The concert begins at 7:00 PM.

About LEA: “A great voice singing great songs.” That is the simplest way to introduce you to LEA’s music. While she often draws comparisons to other female phenoms like Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, LEA’s sound seamlessly blends gospel, jazz, country and R&B into her own style - SoulFolk.     

LEA was born in Baltimore to a father who toured the world playing trumpet in the funk band Black Heat and a mother who dreamed of opera while performing with her siblings in the Jones Family Gospel Singers. LEA was singing on the pulpit of the Baptist church where she grew up as soon she could speak. When she discovered the acoustic guitar as a teenager, she began teaching herself to play by writing songs. LEA’s final year in high school in Germany at a classical conservatory, where she sang with the jazz ensemble Black & White and co-wrote with the British pop trio Indigo Wild.     

Having shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton, LEA performs at a far-ranging array of venues, including arts centers, universities, festivals, and places of worship. She is consistently acknowledged by the Washington Area Music Association* as one of the region’s best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists. She is a graduate of the prestigious Artist-in-Residence program at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD and a beloved children's music performer among DC families.     

LEA’s latest recording, the crowd-funded and highly-anticipated “Let You In,” is a collection of songs the artists hopes will cultivate greater compassion for femininity. LEA's stunning vocals and award winning songwriting are supported by rich instrumentation, featuring Howard Levy (of Bèla Fleck and the Flecktones) on the harmonica.   

Tickets: $12

Tickets are available in our bookstore or online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3570028