Merseyside in the Mountains
Jay Brown Hosts Beatles Bash with the Riftshifters
Monday, January 21 - 7:00 p.m.- Jay Brown’s “Local Live” presents Beatles Bash with The Riftshifters . Pop, rock. $10
It’s been nearly fifty-five years since the Beatles took America by storm, but their infectious music still makes new fans in every generation. One convert is musician Jay Brown’s daughter, who four years ago when she turned three was.treated to a Beatles birthday party. That tradition continues with many of the same players when Jay, with members of the Lazybirds and Riftshifters, throw this year’s Beatles Bash at the White Horse Black Mountain on Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m.
The show will open with a set from the Riftshifters, an Asheville band specializing in a mix of original music and carefully chosen covers. For the second half they’ll join Brown, J.Q. Vay and James T. Brown (himself a sometime Riftshifter) for Fab Four favorites and jamming. Taken together, it’s a package guaranteed to chase away the winter doldrums.
Imagine expertly executed guitar, harmonica, percussion and vocals blending in roots-drenched original and traditional tunes. Now imagine that all the sounds are coming from a single performer who makes it look easy and you’ll get a hint of the talents of Jay Brown. Jay has been playing guitar since the age of seven, and has gone on to share stages with a roll call of major names in American roots music at festivals and venues around the country. A prolific songwriter in an eclectic mix of genres, he’s spent years touring the U.S. and abroad absorbing musical styles. His versatility is on display as a founding member of the old-time swing band The Lazybirds, and he performs solo as the Jay Brown One-Man Band. He appears with the Indian-influenced group Shantavaani and vintage jazz combo Swing Guitars. As if that weren’t enough, he’s recently been performing with wife Adithi and two members of the Blushin’ Roulettes in the roots band The Appalucians.