September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 27, 2018
Growing up in the coastal areas of NC and the Outer Banks, I have grown to love and respect the outdoors, the rhythm of nature, and the waters of the region - all shape who I am as a person and a musician.
I was brought up to love music; my dad plays guitar and my mom sings. They both had their favorite musicians and music so I was able to take in a lot as a youngster. Dad liked Grand Funk and George Strait while mom liked Billy Joel, Janet Jackson, and anything Motown.
On my 16th Birthday, I was given a purple Chevy Blazer (that I had to pay off) and an acoustic guitar. The SUV got a lot of use while my guitar sat in a corner collecting dust. It wasn't until my first girlfriend broke up with me that I sat down and picked up the guitar. The guitar proved to be a creative outlet that eased my heartbreak.
Fast-forward a year down the road; I was working at my Uncle's computer shop when a customer, Angel, walked in. She came into the back of the store and noticed my guitar that I kept at work for down time. She picked it up and taught me a couple easy* songs. I was excited to learn the new songs and when she returned a few days later, I played them for her. With my determination to learn more and her passion for music, we became great friends and started a band together - 'Avatara'.
When I was college, I met one of the best friends I could ever ask for - Ashley. We jammed out a lot that year and I even took her to her first open mic. Throughout our years of friendship, we've been roommates and lost touch a couple times but we can't stay apart for too long. Several years ago we decided to designate ourselves as an acoustic duo and call ourselves "R&R" (because our last names are Robinson & Russell). To this day, we still get together and play gigs on the OBX and in Raleigh. We value the harmony we create as friends and musicians.
It's been about 10 years since I picked up that guitar and I'm so glad that I did. I've made new friends, entertained for crowds all over the place, and I'm really happy and excited every time I play. I enjoy playing all different types of music - music for every generation. I strive to seek out new music and extend my love for music beyond the boundaries of the isolated islands that I call home.
I love live music - no matter who is playing it. I love talented people and I think I have a pretty good ear for music. I get goosebumps when I hear a sweet tune. And last but not least; my favorite color is purple.