Music on the Mainstage

Live musicians hit the right notes from the Main Stage with sounds ranging from bluegrass to Cajun and blues to jazz and classical.

Mainstage Schedule

Friday, November 4, 2016

10 am Kim Carson
1 pm Jonathan Byrd

Saturday, November 5, 2016

10 am Rick Udler
11 am Nikki Talley
12:30 pm Jonathan Byrd
2 pm Claire Lynch
3:30 pm Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Noon Nikki Talley
1:30 pm The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
3:00 pm Holly Shelton


Main Stage Lineup

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Honky Tonk + Rockability = Tonkability! Kim Carson performs a variety of songs, both original and cover, and celebrates fluency in a variety of musical styles—country being her favorite. In fact, Kim has received the award of “Best Country Artist” eight times by OffBeat Magazine.

Her album, “Live at Tipitina’s” was voted “Best Country Album” of 2004. She has performed 17 times at the prestigious “Jazz & Heritage Festival” in New Orleans. Kim has distinguished herself as a formidable Country & Honky Tonk songwriter and the undisputed “Queen of Louisiana Honky Tonk Music.” Website

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Jonathan Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Byrd has made his name weaving literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd "one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years."

Ever the collaborator, Byrd's latest album is Mother Tongue, a project recorded in Copenhagen with Danish group The Sentimentals. Jonathan's partner on the road is multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken, who has shared the stage with members of Bon Jovi and Muscle Shoals legend Steve Cropper. Together Byrd and Waken are 'Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboy,' a theatrical duo built around Byrd's timeless songs.  Website

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Rick Udler has performed and recorded with some of Brazil's finest musicians such as Maria Alvim, Joao Parahyba, Bocato and Toninho Pinheiro. His compositions include collaborations with Paulo Cesar Pinheiro, one of Brazil's most admired and prolific lyricists. He was also the producer of legendary Bossa Nova guitarist Paulinho Nogueira's Reflexoes CD.  Rhythm & Romance, with singer Maria Alvim was awarded "Best Debut Album" in the USA by nationally syndicated radio program, The Sounds of Brazil.

Rick's first entirely instrumental CD, Papaya, has received unanimous praise from the Brazilian and international press. The Brazilian Sound for Fingerstyle Guitar, a DVD lesson taught by Rick was released in the USA and Europe in 2009. He has been performing with Sampa Blue since 2011 as well as with the Maria Alvim & Rick Udler duo. In 2013, Rick did a solo tour of the USA & Canada as well as giving Brazilian Guitar Workshops at American universities such as Georgia State University, McNally Smith College of Music and Bellarmine University. Currently, Rick has been touring in Brazil, Chile & in the USA. He lives in Sāo Paulo, Brazil and has also resided in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Miami, all of which have left their indelible mark on his music.

“It’s something of a commonplace to say that a given artist has a foot in two different cultures—but in Rick Udler’s case, it’s actually true. He has lived for long stretches of time in both the U.S. and Brazil. You could even say he could even claim to three, four or maybe five different cultures, since he was actually born in Chile—to Argentine parents of Eastern European extraction. Having talked to him about his roots, I’m pretty sure he would only lay claim to the U.S. and Brazil as his spiritual homes. But then again, his musical colleague Brazilian artist Ulisses Rocha is not unjustified in saying that he hears in Rick’s music, ‘the music of the world.’”
—Gregor von Kallahann.

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Nikki Talley has traveled a lot of miles these past few years and called numerous places home, but we in Western NC still want to claim her as one of the area’s finest singer-songwriters. Always genuine and down to earth, she and her partner Jason Sharp deliver her latest songs on Out From the Harbor in a beautiful, laid-back style—just in time for a beautiful, laid-back summer."
—Martin Anderson WNCW Music Director & Host

250,000 miles click over, Nikki Talley just smiles. After four and a half years of hard touring, 150–200 shows annually, Nikki continues traveling on, bringing her gorgeous voice and thoughtful songs all across the nation. Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, it’s only fitting that her songs are as eclectic as the state that boasts the mountains and the sea. Along with her guitar and clawhammer style banjo, her musical partner and husband Jason Sharp adds resonant lush guitar tones as well as harmonies to round out the duo’s sound.

You can find Nikki and Jason chasing their dreams down in their van, Blue Bell all across the country playing festivals, venues and house concerts.

One thing she isn’t: afraid of the microphone. Talley has undeniable stage presence…” –Mountain Express

Talley’s always silken, yet adaptable voice is on full display on this album, whispering sweet nothings to the listener on some songs, belting out her passion with full desperate power on others and crooning out her heartache honky-tonk style.”
— Bold Life Magazine

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Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997. Recently, at the 2014 IBMA Awards, she received two trophies: "Song of the Year" for Dear Sister, a co-write with Louisa Branscomb and title cut of her latest Compass Records release; and "Recorded Event of the Year" for a guest vocal appearance with Special Consensus on Country Boy; A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver (Wild Montana Skies).

Blazing her own trail in the mid 70's when there were few role models for a young woman in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band, which evolved in the 80’s and 90’s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the U.S. and beyond.

The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. The Claire Lynch Band features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation - two-time IBMA-winning bassist-clawhammer banjo player-dancer-percussionist Mark Schatz, soulful mandolinist-guitarist Jarrod Walker, and young string wizard Bryan McDowell, who at 18, won an unprecedented triple win at the Winfield, Kansas National Flatpicking Championship.

In 2014, Digital listed Claire as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time”. She shared that honor with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. Website

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Dikki Du (Troy Carrier) was born in 1969 in Church Point, Louisiana and discovered his love for zydeco music at the tender age of nine. After school he would get together with his brother Chubby, sister Elaine and father Roy to play Zydeco music. At the age of twelve Troy moved to a little town called "Lawtell", where his father had owned the Offshore Lounge for over fifteen years. Troy played the washboard for Roy Carrier, his father, on local gigs; he then joined forces with the great C.J. Chenier for two years. Troy's brother Chubby Carrier then started a family band and offered Troy a job playing the drums. Troy toured with his brother from the late 80's until the 90's, when he returned home to pick up the accordion. It has now been twelve years that Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe have been on the scene. Dikki Du has incorporated his musical heritage with unique experience to create one of the most innovative zydeco groups around. The krewe captures an audience with one of the best sets around. His original funky and hypnotic zydeco style announces that he has arrived, occupying a spot on par with the best. "Personally the triple row is the sound that I like the best". says Dikki Du. He takes songs from classic zydeco and turns the inside out with fresh and funky renditions driving it to the next level. The krewe’s innovations revitalize zydeco charging it for years to come. What a sound!!! Dikki and the krewe stretch out songs and it is great to dance to, as well as to listen to. Hard driving and relentless is the theme all night. It's just funky as can be. Nice polyrhythmic grooves going around the stage, and on the dance floor. Website

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In 1926, a group of dedicated Pensacolians joined together to share their talent and passion for music. Their first performance as the Pensacola Philharmonic Orchestra and Military Band was a free concert held in the Pensacola High School auditorium. The show earned high accolades from the community and made it clear that Pensacola was hungry for exceptional music. These humble beginnings ignited a spark that would become the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO).

Over the next couple of decades, the Orchestra experienced tremendous expansion and the pains that often accompany such growth. PSO did not have a space of its own and continued to perform at Pensacola High School, Blount Junior High School, Pensacola Junior College, and area churches. In 1956, with unparalleled community support, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra purchased Sacred Heart Cathedral located on the corner of 9th and Jackson Streets. The move signaled the permanence of our stay in the community.

Twenty-six years later, in 1982, PSO moved into the recently renovated Saenger Theatre. The new venue allowed then conductor, Dr. Grier Williams, to share his musical vision with a larger audience and the stage was set to solidify the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra as an integral part of cultural arts in Pensacola.

PSO has continued to grow and increase its presence in Pensacola and the surrounding communities. The Pensacola Symphony it is dedicated now more than ever to ensure live symphonic music reaches as many listeners as possible. Engaging enrichment programs bring the PSO to students of all ages, spreading enthusiasm through free concerts, special programs for families, and involvement with other community and cultural arts initiatives. Website

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Rave reviews and repeat engagements are the norm for this six-foot tall beauty. Holly studied piano, guitar, violin, and ballet, earned a BFA in Theatre Performance, practices Pilates, and has totally mastered the art of SINGER/ENTERTAINER. She can turn on her southern charm, the ditsy humor and the spell binding virtuosity that captivates everyone within earshot—all the while moving like satin, turning heads, and winning hearts. Based for several years at the 4-Diamond Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, she is in demand at jazz festivals, cabaret venues, organizational gatherings, et al.. From Memphis to Morocco to the Mediterranean, whether accompanied by piano alone, or with her eclectic group of exciting musicians, every event becomes special indeed. Website

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