BoCO Summer Concert Series at the Turnage | Eastern North Carolina Now

See what the upcoming attractions at the Turnage Theater are during their summer season.

May 28th at 8pm: Onward, Soldiers
    This first show in the BoCo Summer Music Series promises to be a great one when Onward, Soldiers takes the Turnage Stage. Tickets are $12 all seats, but can be purchased as part of a package for only $10 each!

    Onward, Soliders kicks off our summer series this year on May 28th at 8pm. Tickets to this event are $12 and seating is reserved so order your tickets today!

    Based out of Wilmington, North Carolina and comprised of musicians between the ages of 25 and 45, Onward, Soldiers is a pestle and mortar blend of Laurel Canyon song craft, Athens Ga. pop, and North Carolina heart and soul; a true American sound. Their debut release titled "Ghosts In This Town" is a beautifully crafted specimen sure to captivate anyone who enjoys Indi rock or Americana music.

    Sean Thomas Gerard, the singer-songwriter of the band, creates ageless and poetic works that Jarett Michael (bass, vocals), Lincoln Morris (electric guitar) and Kevin Rhodes (drums, keyboards, vocals) bring vividly to life. It is clear that this band genuinely loves playing music together. They incorporate both acoustic and electric guitars, piano and organ, a steadfast rhythm section, razor sharp vocal harmonies and catchy strumming patterns into a clear complete sound. The end result is enigmatic, with plenty of twists and turns for the ears and mind.

    In addition to their hopeful and inspiring music, Onward, Soldiers brings their positivity into action through various charities and fundraising events. Believing that their music can do more than just entertain, the band is involved on a local and national level.Teamed with their label Winoca Records they help throw an annual “Take the Lake Music Festival”, that celebrates socially and environmentally conscious groups working for community in the Wilmington NC area. They have also contributed a song to 'Gasoline Rainbows” (Vagrant Records), a compilation to benefit victims of the Gulf oil spill.

    Onward, Soldiers has been featured on the famed Sun Studio, “Sun Sessions” PBS television program, had a song placement and guest appearance on “One Tree Hill” (Warner Brothers) and are receiving radio play in numerous markets around the country including North Carolina’s college and AAA radio network The group will be showing up at various music festivals and are planning continuous touring throughout the South this year as they prepare for the release of their sophomore album “Monsters” later this year.

June 4th at 8pm: The Charming Youngsters
    This talented jangle-pop band out of Greenville will bring their brand of quirky songs to the Turnage Theater for the first time for only $12. Come see the show where they really shine!

    See this second show in the BoCo Summer Music Series for only $12 all seats on June 4th at 8pm, or see the whole series for only $10 a ticket by clicking here!

    Nolan Smock, Eric Von Kopp, Sean Burleson, Lloyd Newman, and Kathryn Jackson are the Charming Youngsters, a jangle pop band born in the dark corners of Greenville, NC that sings songs about love and monsters while the earth burns down behind them.

    “The Charming Youngsters put on the most frenetic show I’ve ever seen. I have no idea what it is, but I can’t escape feeling like they’re what the Foo Fighters should have been. Twice as fun, thrice as witty… an absolutely real band and not something grown in a vat somewhere. They have all the snap, they’re funny without spilling into cheese territory, and they [expletive deleted] ROCK.” - Corbie Hill, Option Magazine

June 5th at 4pm: Pianist Heidi Souza
    Join us for this lovely free concert where classically trained pianist Heidi Souza will lead us on a beautiful and emotive musical journey.
    There are no advanced tickets for this event, and no cost for admission, though donations are always appreciated!

    Heidi Souza is a classically trained pianist with a Master of Music in Piano from the University of Texas at Austin. She has performed solo recitals in VA, TX, NJ, PA and NC, including benefit performances in Moorestown, NJ and concerts at Grace Church in Haddonfield, NJ and at St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia.

    She also has extensive accompanying experience, performing chamber music in Colonial Williamsburg, accompanying numerous recitals for solo vocalists in the College of William & Mary Music Dept., and accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists for the University of Texas’ School of Music. Souza has recorded 3 CD’s, which are treasured by listeners from coast to coast and purchased internationally by music lovers from Japan to Scandinavia.

    Since moving to Bath, NC in 2001, Heidi has given concerts in Rocky Mount, Wilson, Greenville, Washington, Tarboro, Bath, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC. Her concerts are designed to be a play of contraditions: energizing and soothing, reflective and transformative, varied and integrated.

    When you join us for this impressive concert on June 5th at 4pm, you will hear the anguish of the 1st movement of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata, a selection of Chopin’s Nocturnes, the Prelude of Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, “Clair de Lune,” Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu and pianistic lullaby “Berceuse”. The concert will finish with a lively Mazurka and Joplin’s “Peacherine Rag.”

    You will not want to miss this lovely and emotive Free Concert on June 5th at 4pm, where your generous donations will be greatly appreciated and shared between the artist and the Turnage Theaters Foundation.

    There will be no advance tickets for this event. Just arrive between 3 and 4pm to choose your seats.

June 10th and 11th at 8pm: Comedian Carla Collins
    Carla Collins, known as Canada’s Tina Fey, takes on the Turnage for two great nights with her show, Venus Envy. Each night will open with Rush Derr doing the Turnage’s first ever drag show!
    Tickets are $30 downstairs/mezz, $20 balcony, and $40 for balcony Prime! This show is for adults Only!

    Carla Collins is one of the hottest comedians out there today, and she's bringing her act, "Venus Envy" to the Turnage stage for two incredible shows. Can anything beat that? How about the fact that she's bringing Rush Derr along to do his fabulous drag act to open the shows.

    We're opening up the balcony to bring you more space than you have ever seen in a theater - anywhere! Get the best view, the best sound, and now the best seats in town for these unforgettable performances.

Just one more thing:
    These are shows for adults ONLY; if you're under 18, you will not be admitted, so don't buy a ticket because that mean lady at the box office will not refund you your money! Same goes if you're 18 and up and you are offended by language and adult themes. This is not the show for you...

But for everyone else,
$30 downstairs/mezzanine
$20 balcony basic
$40 Balcony Prime!
Get a group together and save! Call (252) 975-1191 for details. Now, on to the show!

    Want to know more about Carla? Read her bio by going here: Watch her perform (at your own risk!)

June 25th at 8pm: Sinful Savage Tigers
    This band is known for its fast, free-wheeling blend of Southern folk and British invasion. They are new, unmistakable and unmissable, and with opening act, Both, hailed as "one of the loudest folk bands on earth", it promises to be a great show for only $12 all seats.
    Tickets to this event are $12 all seats, or buy the 6 show series and save $2 per ticket

    What started as a one-time gig with friends at a local folk arts festival in the fall of 2008 has blossomed into one of the most energetic and playful live acts in the Triangle music scene. Chapel Hill string band Sinful Savage Tigers combines the traditional narratives of Southern folkways with the melodic sensibility of the British invasion to create a sound that’s fast, freewheeling, and unforgettable. Guitarist Seth Martin’s songwriting rambles down the fine line between the poetic and the absurd, channeling the desperate stories of sinners, lovers, liars, and lunatics. The Tigers first album, Rain is the Soup of the Dogs in Heaven, was released in June 2009 to immediate praise and notice. The spare nine-song debut pulled together influences ranging from Graham Parsons to James Mathus, from the Kinks to AM country, from Gillian Welch to Guided By Voices. Weeks after Dogs release, Southern Cultures, an art quarterly published by the Center for the Study of the American South, chose the track "Natural Ghost" for inclusion in their annual music issue.

    Following a lineup reshuffle in the summer of 2010, the Tigers welcomed Greensboro hepcat Seth Barden (Brand New Life, Black Swamp Bootleggers) on upright bass and talented multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) on mandolin. The trio is currently at work on their second full-length record under the working title The Last Night of the Revels and scheduled for a fall 2011 release.

    As a special arrangement for the Turnage Theater audience, Sinful Savage Tigers will be performing as a five piece for this engagement, welcoming classically trained violinist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Kangaroo) on fiddle, award-winning picker Chris Rozsell (Big Fat Gap) on claw hammer and dancehall banjo, and percussionist Dave Krusch (The Tell) on trap kit.

    Free music downloads of the Tigers music are available at

Opening act: Both
    “Both” from Garner, NC. Has been billed “one of the loudest Folk Bands in the world”. They are a progressive folk rock band showcasing original tunes as well as unique cover versions of songs from artists such as the Kingston Trio, Warren Zevon, Pink Floyd, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Gordon Lightfoot and much more. The band consists of Scott Rexler, who brings his flat-picking guitar style and lead vocals as well as his unique talents for song arrangement; Craig Newton, a classically trained percussionist; Dave Penny, who has been playing bass guitar for 2+ decades, and Jason Koleman, who brings a theatre background and his silky smooth bari-tenor vocals into the mix. Jason has also been known to pick up a Mandolin here and there when the mood strikes...or when Scott beats him.

July 9th at 8pm: The Barefoot Movement
    The 4th Show in our BoCo Summer Music Series features The Barefoor Movement with opening act Olde Fiddle Case
    Tickets to this event alone are $12 all seats, or buy the series and pay $10.

    The Barefoot Movement is an acoustic trio with members hailing from Granville County , North Carolina and Oneida, TN. The group fuses the styles of bluegrass, old-time, Americana, and rock, creating an eclectic, original sound, featuring interweaving harmonies, progressive instrumentation, and accomplished songwriting.

    When singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall left North Carolina to attend school at East Tennessee State, she hoped to meet and learn from a wide variety of musicians while a student of the Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Program offered there. She organized a band, and along with fellow founding barefooter, mandolin player Tommy Norris, the group began applying for every venue that was receptive to the roots music movement. They spent the summer of 2009 taking their music to the Appalachian Mountains and beyond, playing over 40 shows, some as close by as Johnson City's Acoustic Coffeehouse, and some as far away as New York City's Googie's Lounge.

    In the fall of 2009, Quentin Acres was added to the lineup. He and Noah befriended one another when they both were chosen for the Old-Time Pride Band at ETSU. "Quentin is so energetic and he has such a powerful voice," says Noah. "I felt immediately connected to him." The Pride Band Director, Roy Andrade, formerly of The Reeltime Travelers, had a similar impression, saying "Those two were born to sing together." Quentin also fills the role of rhythm guitarist. Wall's own vocals, once described as "goose-bump inducing," channel the blues, jazz, and folk styles of her favorite singers. Her ear-catching original songs are supported by Norris's genre-hopping mandolin style. With the instrumental pieces provided by Norris and Acres, the material is truly gaining recognition with audiences near and far.

    The name "The Barefoot Movement" has many different meanings for the group. "The initial reason the name dawned on me is because I always feel more relaxed when I'm shoeless, and I noticed that before our shows would end, my shoes would be off", says Noah. "So I think the name is just our way of encouraging people to sit back and relax once in a while-especially when listening to us play."

    The Barefoot Movement is taking folk music somewhere new without forgetting the old. They bring listeners something they can relate to-something they can truly understand. Everyone who hears them agrees, and if you give them a listen, you will too, The Barefoot Movement is contagious.

July 23rd at 8pm: The Katy Mitchell Band
    Another in the BoCo Summer Music Series, The Katy Mitchell Band is set to take the stage with opening at The Barnraisers
    All tickets to this show are $12. Buy the whole series and each ticket is only $10! Just Click Here:

    Katy Mitchell, the twenty two year old daughter of Gary and Kitty Mitchell of Molasses Creek, cut her teeth on acoustic Americana music since she could crawl. She has toured with Molasses Creek, sung with symphonies and started her own rock band. Her surprisingly strong blues voice has thrilled fans for years. "Baby It's You" is Katy's debut album as a solo artist.

August 6th at 8pm: Uncle Mountain
    This last show in our Summer Series... Uncle Mountain, based out of Asheville, NC is sure to please lovers of upbeat music and a good time! All seats are $12. Buy the series and all seats are only $10!

    Three distinct songwriters with their own styles, Ryan Furstenberg, Ryan Lassiter, and Dan Shearin steer their tunes in different directions until they've reached a destination that they had often never expected. The result is one of which they are proud, both in recordings and on stage, blending the organic soul of rock and folk with lively percussion, rich harmonies and colorful textures from all of their favorite music from around the globe.

    All Tickets are on sale at the Turnage Theater box office (10-4 Mon-Fri) at 150 West Main St. in downtown Washington, NC; over the phone at (252) 975-1191, or on line at
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