Spotlight Sessions VIII

Join us for the 8th installment and the FIRST Spotlight Session of 2020 in The Crown!

Mark your calendars as creator and host, Casey Noel, brings together an awesome lineup of NC talent featuring: Shay Martin Lovette, Lyn Koonce and Mason Via to join her for a wonderful Nashville Style singer/songwriter round. Never been to a songwriter round? Expect an entertaining afternoon of artists taking turns sharing songs and the stories behind them-all while building an organic camaraderie and experience. Where: The Crown … Why? It’s a perfect listening room and wonderfully intimate setting! Want to support local music and hear the amazing music NC has to offer? Then you don’t want to miss this!!!

This event is seated.

Tickets are $10.
NC sales tax is included in the ticket price.

Guests can opt to have tickets mailed to them for a $1 postage fee, or can pick tickets up at will call for no additional charge.

Please note: There is an additional $3.50 per ticket service fee on web purchases. To avoid this charge, call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 336-333-2605 Monday through Friday from noon until 5PM, or visit the Carolina Theatre in person.

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Boone, North Carolina based songwriter and musician Shay Martin Lovette has been honing his craft on tour across the southeast and beyond in support of his latest album ‘Swifter Drifter’, since its release in the summer of 2018. With this impressive solo effort we get a glimpse of Lovette‘s life and those that have connected with him.  Each song full of joy, pain, yearning, triumph, and heartbreak—a relatable swath of emotional experiences that ties his sound to the listener. Lovette has performed at nationally renowned festivals like Merlefest and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in the past and recently began working on a new album at the Rubber Room Recording Studio in Chapel Hill, NC with Joseph Terrell of the band Mipso at the helm as producer. The forthcoming album will feature musicians Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) and Libby Rodenbough (Mipso).

  • 2019 Merlefest Band Competition Winner
  • WNCW Top 100 Albums of 2019
  • 2017 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Runner Up
  • 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition Honorable Mention

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 “When I first heard Lyn Koonce sing and play, I felt like I was friends with her.
– Martha Bassett, NC recording artist and Reeves Theatre host

Singer/songwriter Lyn Koonce engages audiences with her warmth and authenticity often turning heads from the first song. From ballads to blues, Lyn’s music is skillful, unique, yet universal. It creates traction and stays with you long after the performance.

Her themes reach in and stir your soul just enough that while singing and revealing her own story, you realize she just might be telling yours. From the desire to experience the depths of sorrow, joy, and love in “10 Feet Tall” to the simple love song, “These Days,” Lyn invites you to feel your way through her music.

You’ll keep coming back because you love the journey. Her songs and stories create a centering against the backdrop of community where her heart lies and where she builds strong connection with her audience. Lyn is relatable, approachable, fun, and true. Her songs follow suit.

Lyn is currently working on her 4th studio album produced by Amy Speace, to be released in early 2020.

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Mason Via is a talented young singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist out of Danbury, NC who is on his rise to stardom! Mason grew up going to fiddlers conventions and music festivals, where he was steeped in the rich Appalachian culture that surrounds the area. Picking and singing from an early age, Mason combines soulful high lonesome singing with virtuosic instrumental prowess. Mason‘s lyrics are considered by many to be the driving force behind his band’s music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics possess. ​You can find Mason touring with his band Hot Trail Mix (Bluegrass) or performing solo.

Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix were one of Floydfest’s 2019 On-the Rise competition winners! Be on the lookout for the band’s 2020 debut album release, produced by Grammy-winning producer Charles Humphrey III.

Mason Via is transcending musical genres with his unique brand of what has been described as Appalachian funky folk, soulful acoustic, rhythm and bluesgrass and groovy Americana. His debut album, “Up, Up, Up,” is an eclectic mix of Appalachian string instrumentation, world percussion and soulful vocals mixed with powerful songwriting. But it’s his country roots that come through the loudest and clearest when he hits the stage. No surprise really when you learn that the Danbury, North Carolina, native grew up in the shadow of Hanging Rock State Park in rural Stokes County on the banks of the Dan River.” —- ​The Huffington Post

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Casey Noel is the creator and host of Spotlight Sessions, a bi-monthly singer/songwriter round that for the past year and a half has exposed the Triad to a plethora of talented singer/songwriters from the NC area. She is a Triad singer/songwriter and has been playing guitar since the age of five. Casey Noel brings a blend of folk, country, blues, and pop to her unique rasp and powerful sound. She possesses a pure vocal quality that is both distinct and mesmerizing. Though fairly new to the Triad music scene, she has become a crowd favorite at a variety of different venues throughout the Triad area. She has performed at The Reeves Theater, Muddy Creek Music Hall, The Blind Tiger, Main Cellar City Club and others. Her passion for singing and songwriting has her poised to make a big impact on the NC Triad music scene and beyond.

Casey is currently working with Doug Williams of ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders in Winston-Salem on her first EP!!! Be on the lookout for “Pretty Words” to release in the Spring of 2020.