The Hanz Araki Band featuring Colleen Raney & Owen Marshall Return to Greensboro May 14


They were such a hit the last time we hosted them, we decided to have The Hanz Araki Band back once again. For one night only, at Mack and Mack Clothing in downtown Greensboro, you can see this popular Portland, OR-based trio perform their award-winning Celtic music. Learn more about the band here,after reading a few more details about the show and our hosts, below.

The event begins at 7:30pm on May 14, 2015. Advance tickets are available here for $12 and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm. The event is BYOB so feel free to bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the performance.

Our friends will remember that Mack and Mack hosted The Collabative's very first show ever. When they expressed interest in hosting this event, after owners John and Robin Davis were disappointed to have had to miss The Hanz Araki band in October, we were thrilled to plan another event with them.

The intimate venue has become well-known, through hosting the impressive performances produced by Triad Acoustic Stage and we are honored to showcase our next event here, as well.


“Araki’s distinctive voice, while definitely in the folk tradition, carries a lot of emotion; Throughout, the instrumental work is exceptional.”

— The Irish Edition

“…splendid, absolutely fabulous”

— BBC Wales, Celtic Heartbeat

Press inquiries for The Hanz Araki Band, contact:, 503.459.8386

And The Winner Is...


It's a pretty cool feeling telling someone they've won something. We've had our first experience with that moment as we have informed three of our followers who bought raffle tickets for the abstract artwork painted by artists Wayne Epperly and Amber Stone in September as part of our "Canvas and Keys" event, that they were winners. The first time was a total spur of the moment adventure as we showed up at Mack and Mack unannounced and completely surprised Robin Davis as she greeted us at the door by handing over her painting. The expression on her face as we snapped her picture said it all.

We took advantage of another moment during the show at Sessions with The South Carolina Broadcasters and Nikki Talley to announce the second winner. Once again we managed to surprise one of our staunch supporters, knowing he would be in attendance,  by calling out Frank Orthel's name from the stage.  Another little twist on that night which made things even more meaningful was that we were able to acknowledge Wayne Epperly presence during the presentation as he was among the audience members there for the show. He seemed quite happy to be a winner, don't you think?

There is one more moment yet to come. Though there will not be that element of surprise since our last recipient already knows she has won, there is still the anticipation of waiting for it to be delivered. We have a little road trip to Chapel Hill planned for next week to transport the third and final painting to its new owner Susun Coleman Miller. An update about our visit will come soon after we return

Each of our three winners and all the others who participated in the raffle have our deepest gratitude.  Their participation helped generate funds for the artists and for The Collabative.

Surprising one raffle ticket winner


So we stopped by Mack & Mack on Thursday to drop off a surprise to Robin Davis. 

Somebody was happy... 

We raffled off the 3 paintings that were created during our Canvas & Keys event, Sept 7, and Robin bought several for her favorite. After the drawing, we decided it would be fun to reveal the winners in various, surprising ways. So while the people who were there for the drawing know (maybe we'll tell you about that sometime, too!) know, you'll have to wait a little longer to hear about winners of number 2 & 3. 

Thanks Robin, and thanks to everyone else who showed their support by buying a ticket or coming out to an event. And a special thanks to the whole team who came out and made the music and paintings to make this possible. Check them out and learn more about their art.

Stay tuned for more fun and games on the raffle front!

Who IS coming to play at our debut show?

There's been a bit of mystery - some say even controversy - over who, in fact, will be playing the piano at The Collabative's debut show. Our timing in booking one of the acts for the June 15 show at Mack and Mack Clothing couldn't have been better. It coincides with a new video series entitled "Remembering Dr. Drave" which asks local music lovers to share their recollections about the phenomenon of the Meldavian, Dr. Drave, inhabiting the body of musician Dave Fox. Who will show up at Saturday's show? Your guess is as good as ours! We're excited by either prospect.

This video excerpts part of an interview with John and Robin Davis, the proprietors of Mack and Mack, who reflect upon the first time they heard that Dr. Drave of Meldavia had inhabited the body of Dave Fox. 

Mack and Mack has long been known for creating stunning apparel for business, travel and occasions. We were elated when they agreed to provide the location for our first event, and you'll probably "get it" even more when you watch this piece. Not just because it's fun to shop in the boutique, and hang out with Robin and John, but also because of their love of great music. In fact, many residents of Greensboro have come to associate the store with music as well as fashion. This is largely because of the lineup of musicians who have played at Mack and Mack through the efforts of Triad Acoustic Stage. Now in its 6th year, Triad Acoustic Stage has hosted an outstanding range of performers. This trend continues with its two upcoming June 29th shows featuring the beloved Alice Gerrard, known as a tireless advocate of traditional music. If you're free that night, you won't want to miss this show. Order your tickets early as Triad Acoustic Stage shows routinely sell out in advance.

But before that? We hope you'll order your tickets to The Collabative's June 15, 2013 show with Channing and Quinn, followed by Dave Fox and The Draves of Meldavia.

We're excited about both sets of musicians. Sure, hailing from Nashville may not be quite as mysterious as originating on another planet. We decided not to hold a little thing like proximity against Channing and Quinn. Like we did with Dave Fox and The Draves, we completely fell in love with their sounds when we first met them. Click here to learn more and hear some clips.