Mojo Collins to Perform and Open Art Exhibition on Jan 14 at the UU Meeting House
Mojo Collins will perform on January 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk.
Mojo, a fourth generation North Carolinian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has been performing for six decades and has become a North Carolina Blues and Folk legend. Born in 1944 in Raleigh, he developed a polished “piedmont style” of finger picking that he learned at an early age from his father, “Wild Bill” Collins. Now often touted as a musical treasure, he is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious NC Arts Council Fellowship in Music for Songwriting. He has traveled the US performing at venues such as the New Orleans Blues and Jazz Heritage Festival, Spoletto Festival, Pittsburgh Folk Art Festival, Golden Gate Concert Series and the International Slide Guitar Festival. His music is aired in the US and internationally.
His success came from performances with his first band while he was in the US Air Force and later tours with his bands Initial Shock and then Sawbuck. Under contract with Columbia and Fillmore West Records and managed by Bill Graham and David Rubison, he performed with or opened shows for Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, Steve Miller, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Ike and Tina Turner, Muddy Waters, Leon Redbone, Sly and the Family Stone, Blue Cheer, The Spinners, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Keith Shealy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now a renowned songwriter and guitarist, he is still touring and living his lifelong dream as a professional singer, guitarist, and songwriter calling the Outer Banks home.
While first and foremost, a concert performer, Mojo is also well known for his musical contributions to the environmental and preservation efforts in his home in the Outer Banks. His original songs have helped raise funds for preservation efforts for the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, the drive to preserve Jockey’s Ridge as a state park and to help create awareness for the need to relocate Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. He regards his talent as a gift and believes in giving back and playing it forward by volunteering performances to promote awareness of community needs and for fundraising events. Another contribution that Mojo thoroughly enjoys is bringing his musical education and workshop programs to students in grades K-12 as well at universities and colleges.
Mojo’s songs are original and wide in their scope. He says “this concert will feature songs with traces of different music masters that I have studied and who have strongly influenced my music. After all these years, I have come into my own and can honestly say I have my mojo working!”
It doesn’t matter if he is playing the low down blues, rock, rhythm ‘n blues, folk or a soft ballad, Mojo is a skilled, versatile songwriter and musical artist who gives 110% to every audience regardless of age, venue or size. Arthur Shuey of Blues On Stage says “Mojo Collins is the Mad Max of East Coast blues performers. He can honestly be described as tough, unique, compassionate, resourceful, observant, expressive, savvy, sincere, honorable and legendary and the list of adjectives goes on from there.”
Mojo’s Art on Exhibition at the Meeting House until March 2
The concert also celebrates the opening of an art exhibit by Mojo that will hang in the Meeting House until March 2. What began as a way to relax from the demands of touring is now a unique art expression reflecting the North Carolina coast in theme and the rhythm of his music. Mojo continues the theme of preservation by painting and carving on reclaimed beach wood from the barrier islands of North Carolina. Painting in acrylic, he often adds three-dimensional accents and frames the pieces in weathered sand fence.
See www.mojocollins.com for more information about Mojo.
The concert is part of the congregation’s annual fundraising series, Music at the Meeting House, which hosts local artists in a quiet listening environment. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Price is $20. Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts, soft drinks, wine and coffee are included in the admission price and will be served before the performance and during intermission.
Photo by Bonnie Collins
Proceeds help the congregation support community organizations who use the meeting house such as Al-anon, Feline Hope, Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and Weight Watchers.
Photo by Bonnie Collins
A NEW WAY TO OFFER GOODS – OR SERVICES – AT THE FALL FANTASY AUCTION
The weekend after Halloween – and before some election or other – we’re having this year’s Goods and Services Auction- also known as Fall Fantasy. This year, you should find it very easy to take part. We are working with an auction program developed and run by a member of UU.
The site for our auction is: www.togetherauction.com/uucob . You can see the items we’ll be auctioning in an online catalog that is updated every time that someone adds something new. We have entered into the program our members and friends. Just enter your phone number and then the last 4 digits of your number, and you can see everything that’s available. If you’re not on the list, you’ll have a chance to join. And – you can add items of your own to auction. If you’d rather have us do it, no problem. We’ll have forms for donations, forms for business donations, and hints for talking to businesses about donations at a table near the coffee every Sunday until October 22nd.
Besides the online catalog, we’ll have a printed catalog for the auction. So, save the date: Saturday, November 5, 2016. This year, we’ll have childcare, too.
The Riff Tides, consisting of some of our members and friends, will be back again to start off this season’s “Music at the Meetinghouse” concert series. They will be playing 50’s music with new material and a new member, Paul Lescowitz on Saxophone.
The other members are: Andrew Darling on Bass, Ken Daidone – Drums, Robert Jacobs – accordion, Angelo Sonnesso – keyboards & vocals, Kent Zimmerman and Dana Walker – vocals. Our own minister, David Morris, will appear as a guest sitting in on some vocals.
Admission is $20 which includes light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks, wine and coffee. The concert starts at 7:30 but refreshments will be served starting at 7:00 and during intermission.
Don’t miss this toe-tapping event, especially if you are inclined to get up and dance. Support our congregation and have a good time listening to happy music.
Birddog featuring Dan and Laura Martier will perform on May 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk.
These local favorites blend years of collaborative experience to create music infused with passion and personal stories. With Dan playing drums and vocals and Laura playing acoustic guitar and vocals, the concert will include covers of songs from folk and classic rock as well as original music from their CD, Open Air. These songs include sounds as versatile as the Martier’s themselves ranging from Latin, rock, and soul, to country, Cajun and beyond.
When not playing with Birddog, the Martiers are busy lending their talents to a variety of projects. Dan is the drummer for Tim Reynolds and TR3 and has been recording and touring with Reynolds for almost eight years. He is also a sought after session player and is featured on many recording projects and live shows. Laura is also a much wanted session singer and a jazz recording artist with VSOJAZ Records. The couple have recently returned from performing in Costa Rica.
See www.birddogduo.com for more information about the band.
Tickets cost $20. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.
Light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks, wine and coffee will be served before the performance and during intermission.
This is the last concert in this season’s Music at the Meeting House series. This annual fundraising music event hosts local artists in a quiet, listening environment. Proceeds help the congregation support community organizations who use the meeting house such as Al-anon, Feline Hope, Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and Weight Watchers.
In case you didn’t know, we have a Facebook page – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks. If you’re a Facebook user, look it up at facebook.com/UUCOB and “like” our page. If you are not a Facebook user, Google “Facebook.com” and sign up. Every week we post our upcoming Sunday service, and other congregation and community events. A good way to get word out to others who may be interested is to “share” these weekly posts on your page.
How do I do that? you might ask. Here are the steps:
- Go to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks Facebook Page.
- Find the latest entry, or anything else you would like to put on your page and look for the word “share” under the post.
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The Riff Tides will perform on January 29 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk.
The Riff Tides perform 1950s Rock and Roll music including such classics as Blueberry Hill, Diana and Rock Around the Clock.
Gail Sonnesso, Director at Gem Day Services, formed the band in Spring 2015. “I’m a baby boomer and wanted to remember the happy times of the fifties and sixties and there were no fifties bands on the Outer Banks,” she says.
She enlisted the help of her husband, Angelo Sonnesso who plays keyboards and sings vocals. “He’s actually a classically trained lyric tenor who studied at Columbia University,” Gail explains. Angelo says he is honored to be able to join his friends and share the joy of music.
They added Andrew Darling who plays bass, Ken Daidone on the drums and Robert Jacobs on the accordion. Dana Walker, Rev. David Morris and Kent Zimmerman sing vocals. Kent also emcees for the group. Doug Leal is the sound manager.
“It has been the most fun!” says Dana Walker about performing with the group when she’s not working as a hospitalist at Outer Banks Hospital or singing with the Outer Banks Chorus or her church choir at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. “Happy music – that when it’s playing, it’s impossible to sit or stand still! It makes you want to dance and sing along.”
See http://www.facebook.com/obxTheRiffTides for more information about the group.
This concert is part of the Music at the Meeting House series, the congregation’s annual fundraising music event, which hosts local artists in a quiet, listening environment. Proceeds help the congregation support community organizations who use the meeting house such as Al-anon, Feline Hope, Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and Weight Watchers. Tickets cost $20. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks, wine and coffee will be served before the performance and during intermission.