Music & food lovers are in for a treat Saturday at KNOW(2)’s Rock & Ride event at Lake Whelchel. Gaffney’s own Earl Vernon Band headlines a show featuring three different styles of music. Vernon, touted as one of the area’s best guitar players, and his band play a mixture of R&B and jazz that will get your feet tapping and hands clapping. The group will perform from 2:15-2:55 p.m. and 3:05-3:45 p.m.
Kicking things off, Luke Smith will play two sets: 11:10-11:45 a.m. and 11:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Smith has spent his whole life loving the sound of country and Christian music that filled his childhood home. The sounds of the outlaws, cowboys, and straights developed his passion. He studied worship leadership at Anderson University where he decided that putting God first and music second would be his mission. To make his mission a reality he went back to school at Greenville Tech to study marketing, hoping one day to use his marketing skills and vocal talent to introduce the sounds of classic country and wholesome Christian values to future generations.
Smith has served in worship leadership for 11 years. As a 6th grader, he began as an instrumentalist and lead vocalist in youth worship at High Praises Church in Anderson, SC. Since then, he has continued to serve in adult and youth worship, played lead guitar, and lead many small groups in various churches in SC. Smith plays gigs all over the southeast and is always looking to expand. When you book Luke, expect to hear classic from Merle Haggard, David Allen Coe, and Hank Williams Jr. with a little mix of the good ole hymns — even if you’re at a bar because Jesus ain’t just for church.
North Carolina singer/songwriter Chris Ferree has become known across North America for his ethereal sound that combines Native American flute, drums and percussion in a style that he dubbed “Native American World Fusion.”
Ferree will also play two sets: 12:45-1:20 p.m. and 1:30-2:05 p.m.
In 2007, he released his first album titled Invocation, a collaboration with his long-time friend and fellow musician Brad Hord. The album was inspired by Ferree’s Cherokee heritage. Over the next seven years, Ferree continued to collaborate with Hord, and Invocation was followed by five more studio albums. Along with them came two nominations for the Native American Music Awards, two nominations for the American Music Awards and four Silver Arrow Awards for his outstanding contributions to the Native American music industry. Ferree has also composed music scores for several films. In 2014, he moved on to his next musical endeavor; he formed the band Medicine Crow, a neo-traditional Native Americana rock band that pulls from world, jazz and blues influences to create their unique sound.
“Chris is truly a master musician combining various instruments, rhythms, and voice to accompany the traditional flute to create a uniquely beautiful collection of songs. The passion for his Cherokee heritage is deeply embedded in each song, and that passion combined with his innate talent makes for a powerful and thrilling listening experience. Whenever I listen to Chris’ music, the richness and clarity of the notes and those luscious melodies emanating from his flute take me on a journey—to a place and time of beauty, peace, and harmony. A great escape from everyday stress and hustle.”
– Barbara Shining Woman Warren – Cherokee Storyteller
Chris Ferree is a Cherokee multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer with a strong Christian faith that shines out of every track. Ferree’s soulful vocals take center stage, infusing these bluesy rock tunes with a consecrated fire. “I’ll Show You Love” offers a friend the promise of eternal comfort and salvation. “We Are One” is a soaring song of praise, while “Messenger” is a catchy rock tune full of jangling guitars that sounds like a radio hit. The album’s lowkey production sets off and complements Ferree’s uplifting tenor, a voice full of warmth and comfort.
– “The Wind and The Fire” review from the Native Peoples Magazine
Four food trucks will on hand to keep attendees from getting hungry: Jazz Catering (soul food), Sweet Treats Concessions (snow cones, lemonade, hot dogs), Smokey Beards BBQ (BBQ), and Taco Bla-Bla-Bla (tacos).