2017 Beaufort Music Festival Lineup

Friday Evening, May 19th, Downtown Beaufort, NC

All events to take place on Beaufort Historic Site grounds

Friday Evening Vendors:

  • Stewart Doggz Mobile Food Cart
  • Beer Garden

Friday Evening Performances:

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm :: 4EverAll
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm :: SAAG
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm :: Elise Davis
8:00 pm – 8:45 pm :: Strung Together Band
8:45 pm – 10:15 pm :: Muddy Magnolias


Between gardening, honey do lists, loving each other and holding down full time careers, Chris and Allison of 4EverAll find the time to make memorable music together. The energetic couple has quite a few original tunes to date, ranging from themes of their love for one another to their quest of simple life dreams and past experiences. Their original songs such as the Blackbeard inspired, “Dying Is The Day” and “The Long and Winding Road” otherwise known in these parts as “The Bacon Song” have a blend of Americana, folk, and a hint of grainy bluegrass all delicately portrayed in their own acoustic style. “Run Away With Me” is an often requested song at shows as well as weddings and their new song “My October Love” was started and finished in October of ’14 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fiddle player Jason Addams of Swansboro, NC added to the songwriter’s songs on their Live cd, “Live at Low Tide”.

4EverAll also performs many covers at “Live” shows. You may hear anything from Simon & Garfunkel and the Beatles to The Dave Matthews Band, Zack Brown & The Allman Brothers to Alison Krauss, KT Tunstall & The Pretenders. The duo also puts a fun and unexpected “female” twist on some traditionally male artists’ songs by artists such as Led Zepplin, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Prine and Johnny Cash plus many, many more! 4EverAll is constantly adding new music to their sets as songs get requested to keep things fresh and fun.


Last spring Sophie Kiluk, Addy Quinn, Adrianna Seder, and Ghita Basurto gathered on a porch on the historic grounds to fill the silence between bands with their individual voices. This year they have combined their talents becoming SAAG (pronounced sage), a band of strong, artistic, astonishing girls that love music and have fun singing together.

Elise Davis

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Elise Davis moved to Nashville in 2011 to “make it happen.” The singer-songwriter has been releasing albums on her own since her late teens and found her big break not as an artist, but as a songwriter. Her newest album, The Token, puts a microscope on the southern dynamic between the sexes and Davis’ inner turmoil, founded on her life’s trajectory against a more traditional path. Elation and ache play a tug-of- war. Davis is putting her human condition in the forefront for all to hear; The Token delivers an unrelenting living condition, one born of her past while wrestling with the present.

Strung Together Band

We have really enjoyed the road that has brought here. George and I wouldn’t trade these precious moments we have shared with our children for anything–practicing and working together on something that turned out so beautifully. We are beyond blessed and grateful for their sweet little voices and huge hearts, their trust in us, their talents, their willingness to participate and all of their hard work.

Muddy Magnolias

American music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.

The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.

With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on a journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.

Saturday, May 20th, Downtown Beaufort, NC

All events to take place on Beaufort Historic Site Grounds and First Baptist Church Parking Lot (corner of Turner and Ann Streets)

Saturday Vendors:

Saturday Main Stage Performances:

11:00 am – 11:45 am :: Qualian
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm :: Blue Cactus
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm :: L Shape Lot
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm :: Quiet Hollers
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm :: Kristin Diable
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm :: Polyrhythmics
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm :: Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Saturday NC Spotlight Stage Performances:

11:30 am – 12:15 pm :: Room 120
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm :: Caroline Dare
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm :: Frederick the Younger
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm :: Matt Walsh from the Low Counts
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm :: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm :: Darkwater Rising


Formed in the first months of 2014, Qualian is a five-piece alternative band comprised of high school students from Raleigh, North Carolina. Although it was only a little over a year since its beginning, Qualian has managed to record and release their debut EP and celebrate it with a well-attended Summer Release Show at the Kennedy Theater in downtown Raleigh. Since then, Qualian has continued to play shows locally and across the state of North Carolina.

Blue Cactus

BLUE CACTUS is the modern classic country duo consisting of Mario Arnez & Steph Stewart. Based in Chapel Hill, NC, they are currently booking festivals and tours in support of their self-titled debut just released in February of this year. From gritty honky-tonk to heart-breaking balladry, BLUE CACTUS is the one stop shop for everything that made country music matter. One prick & you’re stuck.

L Shape Lot

Mixing a healthy amount of musical chops, honest, and creative songwriting, powerful stage presence and well sung four-part harmonies, L Shape Lot creates an original and dynamic Americana sound based in country, rock, bluegrass, and roots/folk music. Their lively sound explores new ground, while still paying homage to their predecessors. L Shape Lot is from Wilmington, NC and consists of four members: Eric Miller (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Alex Lanier (electric, acoustic guitar, vocals) Rick Williams ( 6 string electric bass, upright bass, vocals) and John Kovalski (drums, vocals).

So what can you expect at a live L Shape Lot performance? Expect to hear music ranging from solid originals to classic country, to traditional bluegrass, to unique blends of all genres. Expect to dance even if you aren’t good at it. Expect knowledge of and respect for multiple musical genres and a passion for weaving them together. Expect to see four gentlemen with the utmost dedication to professionalism and showmanship having the time of their lives and doing their best to make sure that their audience does the same.

Quiet Hollers

uiet Hollers are an indie band formed in Louisville, Kentucky by singer-songwriter Shadwick Wilde.

In 2013, the band’s debut, I Am the Morning, a “reverb-soaked dive into stream-of-consciousness confessionals” (No Depression) featured a drummer whose neck was literally broken– the band refusing to postpone their session at Louisville’s famed Funeral Home studio, after a waterfall-diving accident.

Although the alt. country-influenced album was received with applause from the European blogosphere, and a smattering of indie music writers for whom it was a “Best of 2013,” it flew mostly under the radar, while the band continued to tour across the eastern half of the US, often using connections from Wilde’s years as guitarist-for-hire for acts such as the seminal Dischord Records’ band, Iron Cross,

Kristin Diable

That myth convinced us that the right house/car/bank account/voting card could punch our tickets to a happily-ever-after, but for reasons too numerous and depressing to note, that myth is finally dying. Somewhere along the way, we realized the secret to mythology is not letting anyone sell it to you. You have to create your own. And now something new is springing up as we cast off the strange rules and crushing expectations of old. We’re rediscovering that freedom comes from the inside out, not from the outside in.

Kristin Diable has been exploring freedom and choice in her music ever since she picked up an open mic at a lounge in Baton Rouge and stunned the audience into silence. She rode that vibe, away to New York and then back to her native Louisiana like a storm front, one that shook New Orleans and cooled the air.


Creating vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21st Century audiences the 8 piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports.

With a hard-driving modern afro-psycho-beat sound composed of relentless rhythm, heart thumping bass lines, intricate guitar phrasings, avalanches of keyboard colors, melodic hooks and soaring horn solos the octet delivers a live experience to behold that immediately turns any joint into a funky dance party.

With the recent release of Octagon, the band begins another chapter to the story that began just 5 years ago as they continue to grow with a singular sonic muse of progressive and dynamic stature.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (& hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!

The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.

Room 120

This is a band comprised of some hardworking teenagers who love music and ping pong. We range from rock ‘n roll to some swangin’ jazz.

Caroline Dare

Caroline Dare is a 15 year old NC/Nashville,TN based ASCAP songwriter and CMA member. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as “One to Watch” for being a songwriter on the rise. In April 2015 and June 2016, she was featured as the Taylor Guitars “Player and Video of the Week”.

She performs both acoustically and with her full band primarily in NC, SC, and Nashville and has played notable venues such as Downtown Disney (Orlando, Fl), The Bluebird Cafe & The Commodore Grille (Nashville, TN), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA), MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC), The Evening Muse, Whisky River, The Coca Cola 600 Speed Street Festival (Charlotte, NC), Johnny & June’s (Winston-Salem, NC) and the NC Seafood Festival (Morehead City, NC)

Frederick the Younger

Frederick the Younger’s story begins when Jenni moved to Louisville in 2011 and met Aaron Craker (guitar + keyboard), who was performing under the name Dr Vitamin. They instantly bonded over their affection for Elliott Smith and The Beatles, and Cracker’s knack for acute song arrangements. In 2014 Jenni, Aaron and Matt Kohorst (bass) ventured into the studio to record the initial batch of Frederick the Younger demos.

Flash forward to the summer of 2015 when they met John Barrera, and fell in love with his vintage Fender Mustang guitar sound. Later that summer they were introduced to Dave Givan, who had returned home from playing drums with Jim James (My Morning Jacket) on James’ solo tour… that’s when Frederick the Younger was truly born. It didn’t take long for them to develop a reputation for putting on explosive live shows around the region.

Their debut EP was released July, 2016 and they just finished recording their first full length record “Human Child,” which is set to be released on Feb. 3 2017.

Matt Walsh from the Low Counts

Matt Walsh is from Statesville, NC. He does around 200 shows a year throughout the southeast and beyond. His sound is influenced by anyone from Link Wray, Howlin Wolf, Prince, Black Sabbath or Pete Rock among many others. His primary focus is making original music and mixing his roots with new ideas rather than replicating them. He knew he wanted to be a musician at age 9 when his mom took him to a Prince concert; by the age of 19, Walsh began playing gigs and dropped his day job to become a full-time musician. He has been recorded and releasing albums since 2007. Then, in 2013, Walsh met and started working with drummer Austin Hicks after a chance encounter on Craigslist. They formed the drum-guitar duo, the Low Counts and branded their music as “Blue Collar Rock-N- Roll.” Together, they turned heads, made an immense number of dedicated fans and blew audiences away with their no frills, high energy shows. Their ride together was cut short on March 8, 2017, when 22-year- old Austin passed unexpectedly. Walsh wrote 27 songs that the duo released over three albums of original material in the four short years they were together. He is currently working on and preparing for an upcoming solo album he hopes to release in fall 2017.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers is a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook’s original songs take on relationships gone wrong, bad decisions, cruel ironies, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons. Songs with self-explanatory self-deprecation, “Fuck Up”, tangled in with a portrayal of a doomed relationship dripping with sarcasm,”The Nail”, are bastioned by the subtleties of a bar patron considering taking a chance on a stranger in title track, “Sidelong”.

Dark Water Rising

To the members of Dark Water Rising, kinship is essential. Ties of kinship within the band’s Native American communities helped to establish the band in 2008. Today, those same Native roots provide the framework for the band’s sound, which they describe as “rocky soul.”

The band attributes their style of playing and singing to a combination of influences, which range from attending Sunday morning worship services to absorbing the diverse styles and tones of artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, the BeeGees, and Lynrd Skynard. DWR explores various themes of life — love, heartbreak, sacrifice, celebration, despair, pain — all while expressing and evoking sincere emotion on issues affecting contemporary Native American communities.