UNCG is a sponsor of this year’s Festival of Lights and, as usual, you’ll see at least four UNCG musical groups, and many alumni performers, up and down Elm Street and in LeBauer Park, alongside other local musicians, touring musicians, and musical groups from NC A&T.
UNCG Horn Choir will play at 6 p.m. with Associate Professor Abigail Pack, and the UNCG Tuba Band will play at 7:30 p.m. with Director of Athletic Bands Justin Worley. Both ensembles will perform in LeBauer Park. The UNCG Choir will sing with local musician Abigail Dowd at 325 Elm St, and the women’s a cappella group, the UNCG Sapphires, will also perform as a strolling group.
Old-time music fans can catch kickin’ fiddle tunes from The Zinc Kings and The Gate City Railbenders, both formed by UNCG Old Time Ensemble alumni. The Zinc Kings, which includes director of UNCG’s Old Time Ensemble, Christen Blanton-Mack, will perform at 308 Elm St. near the new UNCG Pop Up Shop, and the Railbenders will be farther south, at 602 Elm St., near Lewis St.
In search of Spartan singer/songwriters? Near Washington St, you’ll find Laura Jane Vincent who writes ballads of strength, loss, and triumph and near Gate City Blvd, Jessica Mashburn (seen in visual at last year’s festival), whose repertoire spans from jazz standards to pop classics.
The Radials will play by February One Place, offering their Americana roots music with a modern twist. The band includes UNCG alumni Shawn Patch and Lisa Dames.
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By Susan Kirby-Smith