Homegrown Music Night Feb. 9 at the Cherokee Arts Center features The Red Clay Revue, a group of local songwriters all from Cherokee County.
The musicians are in numerous bands around the area and play local venues on a regular basis.
The event at the Arts Center in downtown Canton is hosted by Mockingbird Music, a music writers and booking agency, and sponsored by the Painted Pig Restaurant in Canton.
The night of music also features songstress Hope Cassity as the opening act.
Canton resident Nick Biebricher, who along with Cassity owns Mockingbird Music, said his company is built for musicians by musicians.
The pair both originate from Monroeville, Ala., the town where Harper Lee wrote the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Hence, the name of the company.
The concert is the first event sponsored by the company and a portion of the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for which Cassity, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, is a national spokesperson.
Biebricher said the idea for the concert was a joint one with Painted Pig owner Joe Guynup.
“We have been helping some of these guys get bookings. We have brought some of the best musicians in Cherokee County together for this concert. All these guys have their own original music, but when they perform with other bands they are doing a lot of covers,” Biebricher said. “This gives them the chance to perform their own music.”
Biebricher said he was booking the local music acts for the Painted Pig, formerly the Fork and Tavern, in downtown Canton.
“We had an idea to put an event together,” he said.
Members of the band, which came together in December, are Caleb Little, drums, acoustic guitar and vocals;
Adam Higgins, bass, vocals; Jess Hopkins, electric lead guitar, lap steel, vocals; Daniel Shirley, banjo, vocals; Alex Williamson, acoustic guitar, lead, vocals and Wade Sapp, acoustic guitar, vocals.
“This show is a songwriters‘ showcase, bringing light to Cherokee County’s own up and coming homegrown musical talent,” Biebricher said.
Their musical styles are as vast as a sunset in the Piedmont, Biebricher said.
“The melodies they create carry the same weight of importance in their daily existence, as does the very air that moves their voices. It is why they are here,” he said.
Cassity is known for her Southern melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
She has recorded with Grammy Award winning musicians in Nashville and co-written with professionals who have written for major label artists such as Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson.
Cassidy is receiving response from industry executives on her newest release “Like A Movie Scene,’ which is already getting major radio play across the nation. Her debut music video comes out this month.
Doors open for the Homegrown Music Night at 7 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m.
Advance tickets are $10 and are available at the Painted Pig at 190 East Main St. in Canton.
Tickets the night of the show are $15.