Songbirds is starting 2022 strong with three major events - a double concert featuring Blackberry Smoke co-founder Charlie Starr, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton, and a Masterclass and concert with five-time Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten. These shows will be fully seated and held upstairs in the recently renovated Museum space at 35 Station St.
Review for the shows:
Martin Sexton is the first to take the stage on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Sexton’s music embraces soul, folk, blues, rock, and pop. His album Mixtape of the Open Road garnered rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Folk Alley/NPR Music, and Relix Magazine.
Next up is Charlie Starr, who plays two shows on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Joining Starr will be frequent Blackberry Smoke collaborator Benji Shanks. Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke has become legendary since its explosion into the Atlanta music scene in the early 2000s, blending classic rock, blues, country, and folk. The group has had two Billboard chart-topping albums, Holding All The Roses and Like An Arrow.
Lastly, Songbirds welcomes bassist extraordinaire and founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Victor Wooten on Saturday, February 5 for an afternoon Master Class and evening show. Wooten is the author of The Music Lesson and The Spirit of Music and has had a highly-successful solo career with 10 albums. He’s also the founder of Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a not-for-profit overnight camp that blends Wooten’s love of nature and music, with breakout classes and musical performances. He’s also won every major bass guitarist award, including Bass Player Magazine’s “Bassist of the Year (three times, more than anyone else). Rolling Stone voted him one of the top ten bassists of all time.
"This year, we’re really ramping up our concerts, and I can’t think of a better way to start the new year with these great artists,” says Executive Director Reed Caldwell. “Of course, we have plenty more shows on the horizon and some special projects we’re planning. In 2022, you’re going to see a lot of really cool and interesting events hosted by Songbirds as we continue to expand our footprint as the Southeast’s premier music museum and venue. Stay tuned.”
Other upcoming shows include Tinsley Ellis, Mitch Rossell, Reed Southall Band, Ward Davis, Molly Tuttle, Paul Thorn Band, Ana Popovic, and Joe Robinson.
Martin Sexton - Tuesday, Jan. 18
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Performance starts at 7 p.m.
Price - $30
Charlie Starr with Benji Shanks - Sunday, January 23
Early show: 5:30 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Price - $30
Late show: 9 p.m.
Doors open at 8 p.m.
Price - $30
Victor Wooten, the Spirit of Music Master Class & Show - Saturday, Feb. 5
Master Class: 3-5 p.m.
Learn from one of the best players alive! Victor will talk about his latest book The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues and teach you riffs, rhythms, and techniques that helped make him one of the most unique bass players in the world. He'll share some of the secrets behind his approach to music and help you learn how to create your own musical style. For students of all skill levels. Each attendee will receive a signed copy of Victor's book.
Not interested in the Masterclass? Come to the performance instead.
Show: 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m.