Photos & Thanks from Tuesday's Show with The Rough & Tumble and Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp


Folks? We did good with this one. And by "we" I mean all the outstanding volunteers who helped us pull off our latest show, all the music-lovers who came out... and the performers themselves, without question. Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler arrived in town first with Butter, The Rough & Tumble's travelin band dog, followed by Nikki Talley and Jason Sharpe. All four (plus Butter) were on stage all evening as they traded the spotlight and sang their original music for us. With some fun covers thrown in as a bonus! We even had the good fortune of hearing our friend Brad Spencer, who joined The Rough & Tumble on the mandolin on one song! Very good stuff...

Enjoy some photos with us below! Just click the thumbnails to be directed to a lightbox view. You may have already seen some of these shots on Facebook, but they're mixed in with some never-before-seen shots, too.

There's simply nothing bad to report about this night! The audience was enthusiastic and appreciative, the food was good, the music was spectacular, and the atmosphere was ideal. There's nothing like the feeling of a community of people coming together (always, but in this case, at The Creative Center) to nurture each other with the arts at the center of the gathering.

We'll keep doing better on the lights as we move forward, (and as a result hopefully the footage will improve, too. Yes. I've said this before. We're not giving up,) but you just can't beat that sound.

If you came out, thank you, deeply.  If you missed it, we'll have an announcement soon about a show in the second half of June. Maybe you'll join us then! And either way, we hope you'll check out the bands on their websites and other online venues. These guys are talented, folks. Seriously talented. How fortunate for us that they're also just incredibly nice people and fun to be around!?


Learn More:

The Rough & Tumble

Nikki Talley online

The Instagram learning curve & our October 5 show at Sessions... with a few pics


IMPORTANT NOTE: Since originally posting this, the entire block of photos seems to have disappeared. Until time permits me to pursue yet another round of troubleshooting, I'm going to embed our main feed from The Collabative's Instagram Feed. We'll try to get the hashtag-driven version back in here asap. Or maybe I'll move it to the bottom in hopes that it will return on its own. Technology's fun like that. #keepingmeonmytoes

At the wedding we attended Friday night, our friends had placed a simple sign near the guestbook sharing a preselected hashtag for any Instagram users so that our collective images from the night could be shared with each other. We'd heard about this before, and decided to try it out for our October show. And by "we" I mean the more geeky, girl-type representative of The Collabative team. (Who has, incidentally, only very recently jumped on this fascinating photo-sharing bandwagon.) Hi there!

It wasn't a very "Instagrammy" crowd, and that's totally fine. More than that, I didn't do a great job of spreading the word. I keep running out of time. Also, I'm still figuring out the best widget to use to make sure ALL our shots tagged with #SCBandNTonOct5 will show up, and not just those added to The Collabative's Instagram feed. Still, I'm not daunted. Some folks might just want to add their shots after the fact!  That would make this collection way more interesting. For now, enjoy the learning curve with us and please keep sending us your patience as we find fun, new (and efficient) ways to help tell these stories!

Meanwhile, if any of you are super-users of this fascinating technology and have any pointers or recommendations of your favorite app or widget for rendering hashtag-based collections of images shot by various users, please send 'em this way! 


  • Thanks to Nikki Talley and Jason Sharpe and The South Carolina Broadcasters for coming out to play for us. What an incredible night. We'll have more (and better quality) shots to share pretty soon.
  • Thanks to all of the music-lovers who came out to help us enjoy this homecoming event. 
  • As is our custom, we have a way different kind of show coming up next. If you find it intriguing, we hope you'll come out on October 26.
  • And after that, yet a totally other different kind of show on the horizon! 
  • The photo in the banner features instruments belonging to The South Carolina Broadcasters as I noticed them waiting on the stage after the show. So pretty...
  • Allen Tyndall & his team at Sessions, bless you. 
  • Annette, Tia and Bill, bless you equally. By show time sometimes I get a little stressed and forget to make sure you know how much I appreciate you.
  • If you are an Instagram user, you'll likely find it much more efficient to search for pics using #SCBandNTonOct5. Still, we appreciate SnapWidget for providing this service free of charge. Ads-n-all.
  • We usually publish a blog post and leave it alone. This one will probably change. If I discover a better way to present these images the way I want, I'll clean it up. Disclaimer over... have a nice Sunday! 

Melody Watson 

(For those who didn't read the note at the top, what you'll see below is either the feed for pulling in all images tagged with #SCBandNTonOct5 - which inexplicably disappeared - OR a hnkin block of white space. Either way, this isn't our typical blog post.)

Save the Dates: September 27 & October 5 when The Collabative Presents 2 exciting events

Let's jump ahead to two shows you won't want to miss this fall. Although details for events in August and early September are on their way, we wanted to go ahead and give you these firm dates now:

On September 27, 2013, right in the middle of 17 Days Arts & Culture Festival, we're bringing Shana Tucker to "The Mane Stage" as a part of The Improvising Music Series of Greensboro College. This "ChamberSoul" cellist and singer/songwriter hasn't played in NC in a while, and we're excited to bring her back to our area. Series curator, Dave Fox, will also be the evening's emcee.

The following weekend, on October 5, 2013, we're switching musical gears to present a more down-home fare at Sessions in downtown Greensboro. The night will open with a local original music showcase followed by Nikki Talley. Later in the evening audiences will be treated to the sounds of The South Carolina Broadcasters, our headliners for the evening. Country, bluegrass, folk and old-time music lovers will want to be sure and catch this line-up when these road warriors roll back into town.

We're thrilled to be able to bring these performers to Greensboro, and have some awesome stories to tell you about all of them, soon. For now, check out their sites and hear some of their sounds. And remember to block out these dates on your calendars!

Shana Tucker photo by Michael McCullough.