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Grammy nominees headline York County's "Three-X-Three" Performing Arts Series

August 14, 2014

By Chandler West, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Aug. 14--Pinning The Greencards down into one particular genre of music is as difficult as cornering a kangaroo in the outback of the homeland of the group's founders.

The words "bluegrass" and "rock" fit, and even some Latin influences are evident in its songs.

But founding member Kym Warner feels most comfortable with the classifications "contemporary folk" and "Americana."

"We write our own music, and it's very contemporary," the mandolin player said. "We're certainly not writing songs about cabins in the mountains. We write what we know, so we write a lot about oceans and water imagery, being from Australia."

The three-time Grammy-nominated band will open the Arts Council of York County's "Three-X-Three" Performing Arts Series next month at the Community Performance Center on Main Street in downtown Rock Hill.

Warner and bassist Carol Young formed The Greencards after moving from Australia to Texas in 2003. Since then, the band has released six albums -- the most recent being "Sweetheart of the Sun" (Darling Street Records, 2013).

The Greencards toured extensively, including opening for musical idols Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. It also lists among its influences Pink Floyd, David Byrne, Fleetwood Mac, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch.

"Growing up, our families were into American music," Warner said. "It was second nature to us. We listened to the same things as kids growing up in South Carolina or Tennessee."

It wasn't until Warner started going to school that he realized other Australian children weren't exposed to the same kinds of American music that he had been.

Warner said he's excited to play in Rock Hill.

"Hopefully it'll be a really good acoustic show," he said. "It'll be nice to get back to that area. We haven't played there in a number of years."

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.Sept. 12

Tickets: $30 for Arts Council members and $35 for non-members in advance; $40 at the door


The Arts Council's "Three-X-Three" Performing Arts Series -- a total of nine performances -- features acts ranging from marionette puppetry to classical music to bluegrass.

The performances are split into three series:

--Southern Evenings, which includes two Grammy-nominated bands and a Johnny Mercer tribute band.

--BRAVO!, which features professional musicians from South Carolina and North Carolina.

--Family Outings, which focuses on the art of puppetry.

All shows will be at the Community Performance Center. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 803-328-2787, or at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

After The Greencards open the series, here's how the schedule plays out:

The Rhodora Winds

Three of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's premiere woodwind musicians -- Hollis Ulaky, Dru DeVan and Amy Orsinger Whitehead -- perform classical chamber music by Malcolm Arnold, David Uber and Robert Donohue. Each of these musicians has performed around the world. Part of the BRAVO! series.

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.Sept. 25

Tickets: $20 for Arts Council members and $25 for non-members in advance; $30 at the door.

"Jazzy Strings"

The Mountain Marionettes' production brings the music of the early 20th century to life with puppetry and big band, Dixieland and Ragtime music. This enchanting program will delight children and parents alike. Part of the Family Outings series. More:

Showtime: 2 p.m.Oct. 4

Tickets: $5

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Vincent, backed by the most decorated band in bluegrass, The Rage, is a bit of country and a bit of bluegrass. Vincent, nominated for five Grammys, owns an unrivaled seven Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and members of The Rage have been decorated as bass, fiddle, and guitar players of the year. Part of the Southern Evenings series. More:

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.Nov. 7

Tickets: $40 for Arts Council members and $45 for non-members in advance; $50 at the door.

Lori Hicks

In "The Music of My Voice," soprano Lori Hicks, an assistant professor of voice, opera and music at Claflin University in Orangeburg, has found a way to embody the black experience in classical music through African-American songs, poetry and spirituals. Some of these are composed by Hicks, who has toured internationally, singing such works as Verdi's "Requiem," Handel's "Messiah," and the roles of Mimi in "La Boheme" and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni." Part of the BRAVO! series. More:

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.Jan. 17

Tickets: $20 for Arts Council members and $25 for non-members in advance; $30 at the door.

"Planet Hopping"

Using original live music and various puppetry techniques, including marionettes and rod puppets, live video feed projections and sand drawing, Belle et BÊte and Lunch Money's production is the story of a young pilot and her robot sidekick as they travel through the stars. The show mixes elements of sci-fi and intergalactic rock with real lessons about the solar system. Part of the Family Outings series. More: and

Showtime: 2 p.m.Feb. 7

Tickets: $10 for adults, $7.50 for children.

N.C. Baroque Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra's performances are refined, stylistic, fun and historically informed. Hear the music as it was originally intended -- on the harpsichord, theorbo, recorder and baroque flutes. Part of the BRAVO! series. More:

Showtime: 4 p.m.March 8

Tickets: $20 for Arts Council members and $25 for non-members in advance; $30 at the door.

"The Disappearing Frogs Project"

"Disappearing Frogs" features a multi-media art exhibition curated by artist Terry Thirion; "Green Heaven," a puppet show about environmental awareness; art activities and lectures on how to make your backyard more welcoming to your favorite amphibians. Part of the Family Outings series. More:

Showtime: Various dates/times in April (go to for details)

Tickets: Puppet show: $5. Lecture: $7.50 for adults, $5 for children.

The Fabulous Equinox

The "Mostly Mercer Show" gives the Equinox Band a chance to show off one of the South's best exports -- the music of Johnny Mercer. From "Blues in the Night" to "Jeepers Creepers," "Hooray for Hollywood" to "One for My Baby," you'll spend your evening with some great American music from one of the 20th century's most prolific song composers. Part of the Southern Evenings series. More:

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.May 7

Tickets: $30 for Arts Council members and $35 for non-members in advance; $40 at the door.



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