Ranky Tanky

photos by Peter Frank Edwards

RANKY TANKY

The Band
Kevin Hamilton – bass
Quiana Parler – vocalist
Clay Ross – guitar, vocals
Charlton Singleton – trumpet, vocals
Quentin Baxter – drums

Grammy Award-winning Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon jazz charts.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the Low Country’s most celebrated vocalists, Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the Low Country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Fresh out of college, trumpeter Charlton Singleton, guitarist Clay Ross, bassist Kevin Hamilton and drummer Quentin Baxter originally worked together as an in-demand jazz quartet on the Charleston scene in the late 1990s before splitting off to each make their way as freelance musicians, working with names like Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Cyro Baptista, and René Marie. Gaining years of valuable experience while developing a deeper appreciation for the South Carolina Gullah tradition they came from, the band reformed with the dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler to celebrate the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues that mark the Low Country mainland and Sea Islands – music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of American songbook as “Kum Bah Yah” and “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore.”

Related link: rankytanky.com

 

LOCATION:
State Farm Road Concert Lot – THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets; remember, the venue is a parking lot, not a grass field. Ponchos and rain jackets recommended; ponchos also available for sale onsite.

ADDRESS: 235 Dale Street, (off of State Farm Road, adjacent to Intramural Field at the Greemway), Boone, NC 28607

ESTIMATED SHOW LENGTH: 90 minutes; no intermission

FOR INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit in person the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC, or purchase online.

STATE FARM ROAD CONCERT LOT EVENT POLICIES
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TOP 6 THINGS TO PLAN FOR
1. Bring your own lawn chairs
2. Concert takes place rain or shine
3. No umbrellas (ponchos will be available for purchase)
4. Food trucks (The Cardinal, Village Inn Pizza, Fried Pies)
5. Beverage tent (beer, wine, soda and water)
6. Apparel and merchandise tents (App Summer and artist items for sale)

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

TICKETS:

  • 2-person pod: $70*
  • 4-person pod: $130*
  • 6-person pod: $180
    (Pricing remains the same even if pod is not purchased for maximum number of occupants)
    *When 2 and 4 pods are sold out, 6 pods will be sold to those groups at the lower prices. Must call the box office for that special arrangement.

SHOWTIME:
Saturday, July 31, 2021 | 8pm
Gates open at 7pm

THE BAND

Kevin Hamilton (Bass) is a celebrated artist in Charleston’s vibrant jazz scene. He has performed internationally with diverse ensembles such as The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Houston Person, Gregory Hines, and Rene Marie. Kevin Hamilton joined the U.S. Dept. of State’s OneBeat program in 2012 and holds a degree in music theory and composition from the College of Charleston.

Quiana Parler (Vocalist) has one of the most sought-after voices in the South Carolina Low Country and has graced some of the most prestigious stages in the nation. Through a top placement on the hit TV show American Idol, she was discovered by Clay Aiken, with whom she toured nationally for seven years. Quiana has performed with Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Miranda Lambert, worked with producers David Foster, Adam Anders, Phil Ramone and Walter Afanasieff, and appeared on national television shows The View, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, among others. Currently based in Charleston, SC, she performs locally and nationally with her 10-piece party band, Quiana Parler & Shiny Disco Ball Band. www.quianaparler.com

Clay Ross (Guitar, Vocals) has established himself as an in-demand sideman and innovative bandleader on the international music scene, winning multiple grants through the U.S. State Department and touring worldwide as a Cultural Ambassador. Now signed to the Motema Music label, he currently tours worldwide, leading his NYC-based band Matuto. “Mr. Ross is a very deft guitarist with a rich vocabulary of folk, blues, and jazz at his disposal…” – Wall Street Journal www.clayross.com

Charlton Singleton (Trumpet, Vocals) is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. He has toured across Europe and throughout the United States, and has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world. Outside of music and entertainment, he is a devoted husband and proud father of two. www.charltonsingleton.com

Quentin E. Baxter (Drums) is a Grammy-nominated musician/producer currently on tour with Freddy Cole and Rene Marie. A prominent figure in the jazz community of his native Charleston, he is the Co-Principal of Charleston Jazz Initiative, a founding board member of Jazz Artists of Charleston, and an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston. www.baxtermusic.com

Anna Deveare Smith

REVIEWS


 

“An album (Good Time) to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping. Who could ask for anything more?” — All About Jazz

“This is not music for sitting still. (Good Time) is a combination of jazz, soul, gospel, and funk that is a celebration of life, freedom, and movement. Good Time is the perfect title for this album because listening to it is pure enjoyment. — Americana Highways

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Julian Gargiulo: Pianist with the Hair

THE BROYHILL CHAMBER SERIES presents
JULIAN GARGIULO: PIANIST WITH THE HAIR

Sponsored by McDonald’s of Boone

This year’s series is dedicated to the memory of Larry Freiman, a generous and devoted supporter of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s classical music programming.

Julian Gargiulo, commonly referred to as “Pianist with the Hair” because of his distinctive look, is a renowned classical pianist and composer who performs all over the world, in prestigious venues from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Singapore’s Symphony Stage. He has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, China, and Australia, to both public and critical acclaim. In 2014, Julian was named a Steinway Artist.

Julian performs regularly throughout the world in halls such as Carnegie Hall (U.S.), United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium (U.S.), Moscow Conservatory Hall (Russia), Verona Philharmonic Hall (Italy), Esplanade (Singapore), and Seymour Theatre Centre (Australia). Collaborations include performances with soprano Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera), trumpet virtuoso Joe Burgstaller (Canadian Brass), and violinists Elizabeth Zeltser (NY Philharmonic) and Dmitri Berlinsky (Gold Medal Paganini Competition). TV and radio appearances include stations such as National Public Radio, SiriusXM, HGTV, RAI Uno (Italy), RAI 2 (Italy) Costume e Societá, RAI Tre (Italy), RAI International (Italy), RTN (Russia), CTV (Canada), Radio One – CBS (USVI), Paradise Radio (USVI) and SBS (Australia).

The evening’s program will combine standard classical repertoire, tango transcription and original music, including works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Piazzolla, Gargiulo and more.

LOCATIONS:
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts – Limited in-person seating available for live indoor performance. Due to social distancing requirements, seats are grouped primarily in groups of two to six. Please call the box office for special seating requests.
Livestream – A partnership with The Violin Channel allows this event to be livestreamed free of charge.
Where to Watch: Facebook Live at @anappalachiansummerfestival or @theviolinchannel, or via Appalachian Summer Festival YouTube Live.

Following the concert, the recording will be available to view for a period of 7 days at theviolinchannel.com.

ESTIMATED SHOW LENGTH: 75 minutes; no intermission

FOR INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit in person the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC, or purchase online.

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ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

The Violin Channel

TICKETS:
In-person: $35 per person
STUDENTS FREE WITH PURCHASE OF ADULT TICKET

Livestream: FREE

SHOWTIMES:
Friday, July 30, 2021 | 7pm (in-person); doors open at 6:30pm
Friday, July 30, 2021 | 7pm ET (livestream)

ABOUT JULIAN GARGIULO

Born and educated in Italy, with dual U.S. and Italian citizenship, Julian studied at the Verona State Conservatory (Randone), the Mugi Academy in Rome (Ciccolini) and the Moscow State Conservatory (Mezhlumov). In the United States, he received his Bachelor’s Degree at Rowan University (Zuponcic), Master’s Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (Slutsky), and his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Maryland (Rodriguez).

In 2005, Julian started the Water Island Music Festival in the Virgin Islands, currently in its 17th season, which brings together classical and jazz musicians for three days of music. Julian also devotes his time and talent performing and raising funds for numerous charities worldwide.

Founder of 16000children, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness for the children who die of hunger in the world every day, Julian also devotes his time and talent performing and raising funds for numerous other charities worldwide.

In 2009, Julian was named Artistic Director of Crossing Borders, a Hunter College (NY) program which presents established foreign artists currently living in New York. In 2010, Julian began writing a classical music column for the main newspaper in the Cayman Islands, The Cayman Compass.

In 2015, Julian presented the first edition of “Getting to Carnegie,” an International Music Competition that rotates yearly between violin, cello, and voice. Currently in its 8th Edition, after an initial online round, four finalists perform a composition written by Julian at Carnegie Hall, and the audience votes for the winner. In 2018, Julian produced the short documentary Getting to Carnegie, which was an Official Selection in the New York Independent Film Festival and awarded the Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival.

His music and recordings have appeared in movies and documentaries, most recently in the official trailer of the latest Keira Knightley film, The Aftermath, produced by Ridley Scott. In 2020, Julian and his wife Elektra started a new music series called “One Classical Minute” (www.oneclassicalminute.com), described as “High Culture in Low Doses” for everything you never wanted to know about classical music, and never bothered to ask. Julian currently splits his time between New York and Paris.

For more information, visit pianistwiththehair.com.

 

Canadian Brass

REVIEWS


“Expect to revise any preconceived notions you have about classical music concerts.” —Huffington Post

“He’s the only classical musician I know who could truly be regarded as a rock star as well.” —The Courier Mail

Saturday Night Live meets Carnegie Hall.” —Huffington Post

“Julian builds a rapport with his listeners…a formula that works.” —TimeOut Singapore

“He was in town last night…he’s just brilliant….there are not enough words to describe the genius behind him….because when he sits down and plays, you are watching a Beethoven or Chopin …years from now your grandkids and great-grandkids will be talking about Julian. He’s just magnificent.” ABC-TV

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An Evening with Sarah Jones

photo by Kenneth Goldberg

Festival Announcement: An Evening with Sarah Jones Rescheduled for October 7

Due to an unforeseen conflict with her filming schedule, Sarah Jones is rescheduling her July 29 performance with An Appalachian Summer Festival. Her new performance date will be Thursday, Oct. 7 as part of the Schaefer Center Presents series. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause her fans.

All purchased tickets for the July date will be honored in October. The box office will be in touch with all ticket holders between August 16-27 to confirm seating locations. At that time, you may have the opportunity to request a new seat depending upon the seating configuration and any restrictions still in place. If you are unable to attend the October performance and prefer to request a full refund now, please call the box office 828-262-4046.

At this time, sales for An Evening with Sarah Jones are suspended. Additional tickets sales for the Oct. 7 performance will resume on Sept. 9 when the Schaefer Center Presents series goes on sale. Tickets will be available at that time at TheSchaeferCenter.org.

For questions, please contact the Schaefer Center Box Office at 828-262-4046 or email TheSchaeferCenter@appstate.edu. Thank you.

AN EVENING WITH SARAH JONES

A Schaefer Popular Series Event

Series Sponsorship provided by Westglow Resort & Spa, made possible through the generosity of Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer. Performance Sponsorship provided by Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, SkyBest Communications, Inc., and Appalachian Home Care LLC

Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® Award-winning performer, writer, comedian and activist known for her multi-character, one-person shows, including Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and the critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date.

Renowned as “a one-woman global village,” Jones has given multiple main-stage TED Talks garnering millions of views, performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House, and gave a historic performance at The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as the first artist on its main stage normally reserved for heads of state.

LOCATIONS:
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts – Limited in-person seating available for live indoor performance. Due to social distancing requirements, seats are grouped primarily in groups of two to six. Please call the box office for special seating requests.
Livestream – a private link to access the event will be emailed to all registrants one hour prior to event. This event is a one-time stream, available only at the time of the scheduled event.

ESTIMATED SHOW LENGTH: 75 minutes; no intermission

FOR INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Contact theschaefercenter@appstate.edu, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit in person the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC, or purchase online.

SCHAEFER CENTER IN-PERSON EVENT POLICIES
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ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

TICKETS:
In-person: $40 per person
Livestream:
$15 per household

SHOWTIMES:
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 8pm (in-person); doors open at 7:30pm
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 8pm ET (livestream)

Tickets for the Oct. 7 reschedule date will go on sale Sept. 9 as part of the Schaefer Center Presents series.
Tickets will be available at that time at TheSchaeferCenter.org.

ABOUT SARAH JONES


Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® Award-winning performer, writer, comedian and activist known for her multi-character, one-person shows, including Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and the critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date.

Renowned as “a one-woman global village,” Jones has given multiple main-stage TED Talks garnering millions of views, performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House, and gave a historic performance at The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as the first artist on its main stage normally reserved for heads of state.

Jones recently launched Foment Productions, a social justice-focused entertainment company aligned with her progressive, intersectional activism. A documentary inspired by Sell/Buy/Date will be its first production. Helmed by Jones in her directorial debut, Sell/Buy/Date explores one of the most critical issues at the intersection of race, feminism, power and economics in our current cultural climate: the sex industry. The doc, executive produced by Rashida Jones and Meryl Streep, is a candid, witty and political yet personal take on the topic, particularly in our new pandemic reality.

Additionally, Jones has appeared in film and TV projects ranging from Sesame Street to Broad City, from Marriage Story to The Incredible Jessica James. She has served as a writer/producer on Smilf and recently developed her own character-based show for CNN.

She will next be seen as a co-lead opposite Julie Delpy and Elisabeth Shue in Delpy’s upcoming Netflix dramedy series, On the Verge.

Learn more about Sarah’s ongoing projects at www.sarahjonesonline.com and follow her: @yesimsarahjones.

Sarah Jones photo by Tom Rauner
photo by Tom Rauner

REVIEWS


“A must-see.” —Los Angeles Times 

“Writer-performer Sarah Jones is amazing!” —Variety

“Hilarious!” —Vogue

“Powerful and insightful” —The Hollywood Reporter

“Absorbing and piercing, with unexpected humor and often biting and bright.” —The New York Times

“Sarah is a genius and an artist and a hero of mine.” —Seth Godin

“Stunningly Fresh” —Los Angeles Daily News

“Provocative, shrewd, and shockingly funny, Sell/Buy/Date is a tour de force” —TheaterMania

“Timely, wickedly funny” —Indulge

Sell/Buy/Date is “brimming with Jones’ masterful, multiple, multicultural characterizations” —Broadway World

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Complicity

Weicholz Global Film Series presents
Complicity

 

In Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Japan/China, Not Rated, Directed by Kei Chikaura (2018), 116 min
Starring: Yulai Lu (Liu Wei/Chen Liang), Tatsuya Fuji (Otousan, the Soba Master), Sayo Akasaka (Hazuki)

Cheng Liang is a young Chinese immigrant living illegally in Japan who gets caught up in a theft ring, stealing water heaters and the like from homes and businesses in order to survive. Desperate for legitimate work, he buys and assumes a false identity at a considerable cost. With his new identity, Liu Wei gets a job in a traditional Japanese soba restaurant run by an aging soba master and his kind daughter. He starts his new life in Japan while always fearing to have his real identity disclosed and to be deported back to China.

ENGAGE WITH FILM CURATOR JOHN PFEIFER
1. Read his Complicity lecture HERE.
2. Read about this year’s theme, Human Migration Stories from Around the World, in his essay HERE.
3. Q&A with Dr. Pfeifer: If you have questions or comments after viewing Complicity, submit them HERE and Dr. Pfeifer will be happy to respond. His responses will be posted within the document. 

Other films in the series include:
Quo Vadis, Aida?
The Road to Mandalay
Transit

LOCATIONS:
Virtual stream: A private link to access the film will be emailed to registrants one hour prior to the event time. The link will be valid for 24 hours, expiring on July 29 at 7pm.

Run Time: 116 minutes

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu
800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

TICKETS:
$5 per household

SHOWTIME:
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 7pm ET (virtual)

Q&A with DR. JOHN PFEIFER

If you have questions or comments after viewing COMPLICITY, please submit them HERE and Dr. Pfeifer will be happy to respond. Select questions and answers will be posted directly to this event page.

Canadian Brass

REVIEWS

“This intimate, personal and otherwise fresh take on the immigrant experience in a place that resists immigration like an island stuffed with Arizona sheriffs has rewards enough to keep us engaged in this kid’s story, start to finish.” Movie Nation

”Kei Chikaura’s debut feature is a beautiful study of the human condition and our search for connections despite cultural differences. …In a world where hatred and a ‘them and us’ approach to life is bringing ugly traits into the open, Complicity tells us the world can be a beautiful place despite our differences.”  Daily Record

Complicity portrays its young Chinese man’s apprenticeship under an elderly Japanese soba chef with welcome restraint and true-to-life complexity. …This film is an international co-production par excellence, while being a heartfelt paean to Japan-China understanding. …Complicity implies involvement in a crime. The film, though, is cause for celebration.” The Japan Times

“Delicate and patient in its approach and very traditional in its structure right up until the end. Complicity is rich in poetic representations of Japanese food culture and rural life.” Eye for Film

AWARDS

Nominated for the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival; winner of the Audience Award at Tokyo FILMex; major nominations at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival.

Ruminations: Cheryl Prisco — From Studio to Gallery

The Lunch and Learn Lecture Series features interesting and informative virtual programming that provides a behind-the-scenes view of the festival’s offerings in the visual arts, music, theater and dance.

Rumination (noun) 1. a deep and considered thought about something.

Cheryl Prisco is an abstract artist who is addicted to color and pattern, drawn to irreverence and visual dissonance. In place of paint and brush she cuts, colors, and shapes wood elements, creating abstract low relief assemblages. The process of her work, the shaping and fitting, the painting and placement of multiple pieces, is the physical manifestation of rumination. Her feelings, attitudes and concerns are visually recorded in color and composition. Each assemblage is a rumination, a story, one in the making and one in the viewing. Join Prisco as she explores her process and practice — from her studio to the gallery.

Visit the TCVA website for more information about Prisco’s exhibition at the TCVA.

LOCATION: Virtual via YouTube Premier

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 26 at Noon

LENGTH OF EVENT: 30 minutes

COST: Event is FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Turchin Center for Visual Arts at turchincenter@appstate.edu or 828-262-3017.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

About the Artist


 

Anna Deveare Smith

Cheryl Prisco is an abstract artist based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She was born in Connecticut but has lived most of her adult life in the South — 16 years in Savannah, Georgia, and 11 years in Boone, North Carolina.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
As with all artists, I need to make for my overall wellbeing; it is a necessity, a compulsion. I did not surrender to it completely until relatively recently at the age of 55. Now two years in, which has included 15 exhibitions, honors including two artist grants, purchase prize award, best of show award and a public art commission — I am making up for lost time. Why now? I cannot say for certain but I believe it was the experience of almost losing my partner back in 2017. That abrupt reminder of mortality and transience has made me feel an intensity and urgency in everything. My work reflects this intensity visually in color and tactile dimensionality.
—Cheryl Prisco