Blues Cheese Festival with Mac Arnold, The Gathering Dark
The Center for Arts & Entertainment will host the Blues Cheese Festival with Mac Arnold and The Gathering Dark this Saturday.
Although there will be a cheese component at the festival, it is not about this strong-tasting cottage cheese with streaks of blue mold, but about the blues musical genre.
To celebrate the centre’s second Blues Cheese Festival, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o ‘Blues will head the event, and Hendo’s The Gathering Dark will open the stage.
In the lobby there will be a cheese-a-thon with homemade cheese from the WNC creameries. It sounds like my kind of event. I love the blues and I love cheese. I wonder if they will have wine?
Let’s ask 10 questions to the Centre’s Director of Commercial Operations, Monica Bixby, about the festival …
In a few sentences, describe what I will experience when I walk through the door of the Center for the Blues Cheese Festival.
Doors open at 1:30 am so guests have time before the music begins to learn about the WNC Cheese Trail, while munching on cheese and sipping a glass of wine! The music starts at 2 p.m. on the main stage with The Gathering Dark, followed by Mac Arnold & Plate Full o ‘Blues at 3 p.m.
How did you get the idea?
General Artistic Director Jeanie Linders developed this idea in 2019 when we hosted the first Blues Cheese Fest. There was such a big response from the community that we decided to have it again this year.
Mac Arnold takes the stage at 3 p.m. What should I expect?
We are honored to have 2017 Alabama Blues Hall of Fame recipient and regional blues legend Mac Arnold on our stage with his band, Plate Full o ‘Blues! Mac Arnold’s musical career reads like a “Who’s who” of blues / R & B legends.
He has performed with James Brown, BB King, Otis Redding, Howlin ‘Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams and Big Mama Thornton… to name a few!
For the 2nd Annual Blues Cheese Fest, he will be joined on stage by Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals; Max Hightower on keyboard, harmonica, guitar, bass and vocals; and Dizzy Dizzy on drums. We’re all going to have a blast!
The Gathering Dark takes the stage at 2 p.m. Dunkin and DuRose are great local musicians, but I never thought of them as blues artists. How did they enter the scene?
The members of The Gathering Dark take pride in their ability to spread their wings and have built their blues repertoire in order to prepare for the 2nd Annual Blues Cheese Fest. They will perform with special guest Collin Cheek.
This is a plus for the WNC Cheese Trail, which interests me a lot. Give me a quick grasp of the Trail – and be sure to tell me about the taste-a-thon.
The WNC Cheese Trail was created in 2012 by a group of cheese makers located in western North Carolina. Their mission: to promote the production and sale of artisanal WNC cheeses, facilitate consumer education and encourage tourism in the region for the benefit of their members.
This year we are delighted to present French Broad Creamery from Mount Gilead Farm in Leicester. They will have a variety of cheeses for sale, as well as sample plates that guests are welcome to take with them into the theater while they enjoy the show!
This is the second Blues Cheese Festival. How did the premiere go, attendance, donation to the Trail, feedback from patrons, etc. ?
The first annual Blues Cheese Fest was a huge success! Guests loved the cheese and blues combo, both of which are a hit in their own right! Of course, COVID has changed a lot and while ticket sales are not the same as before, the enthusiasm of our guests is just as high. Several ticket buyers who came to the first in 2019 were the first to purchase tickets as soon as the event was set up on our website!
Will you have precautions in the event of a pandemic?
When we reopened in May, we put in many precautions, many of which are still there. In addition to hand sanitizing stations installed throughout the theater, we have also invested in a specialized air handling unit upgrade that uses REME HALO UV sanitized filters to provide better exchange of air. fresh air.
In light of the new Delta variant, we’ve decided that it’s best to cover your face when moving around the theater. Clients can remove them when seated if they are vaccinated and / or actively eat or drink.
Will there be wine?
Of course! Also craft beer, soda, seltzer water, and bottled water.
Not everyone knows The Center. Please give us the elevator speech.
CAE is the entertainment hub of downtown Hendersonville, featuring regional and national artists. Our new Club 125 S. Main will bring jazz, blue, bebop and pop to our intimate space for a happier hour which includes a deli bar. We’re launching this Thursday with HVL’s favorite Sinatra crooner, Paul Schiro.
Tell us what you think is important to know about the Blues Cheese Festival.
Our guests will feast in our intimate theater with Mac Arnold on stage!
Advanced VIP seating is $ 32 and stadium seating is $ 28. At the door, all seats will be $ 35. For more information, visit www.thecenterae.org/ or call 828-697-8547. The center is located at 125 S. Main St.
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