Sunday, January 1, 2017

What's Coming Up?

We're looking ahead and lining up dates!
Keep checking our calendar for updates and our page on Facebook too!
 
Mark your calendars for:
 
Friday, Jan 13th, 7:30pm Four Saints Brewing Company, Asheboro
Friday, Jan 20th, 9:30pm, Rusted Bucket Tavern, Burlington
Saturday, Feb 4th, 8pm, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro
Saturday, Feb 18th, 7pm, Craft City Sip-In, Greensboro
Friday, Apr 7th, 9:30pm, Rusted Bucket Tavern, Burlington
Saturday, Apr 29th, 8pm, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro
 
We're looking forward to a great 2017!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ideas for End-of-Year Giving

A lot of people look for organizations to donate to during the holidays and at the end of the year. We'd like to offer up a couple of ideas for you, worthy organizations dedicated to music and musicians. You can donate directly to the organizations but you also have the option of donating through this website (before December 31st) and take advantage of valuable matching opportunities.

KIDZNOTES
nckidznotes.org
919-321-4475
Founded: 2009

Maestro William Henry Curry of the Durham Symphony Orchestra & the NC Symphony Orchestra
patiently poses with some of the kids prior to their joint performance.

What they do:
Kidznotes provides 8-10 hours each week of free orchestral music training and instruments to students from the lowest income neighborhoods in Raleigh and Durham. They use music to change the life trajectory of the children and their families. Students are empowered as leaders and advance through a system of orchestras, bands, and choirs while strengthening the community. Through an immersive music education program, Kidznotes fosters each child's intellectual, social, and emotional development In building a new pipeline of musical training, Kidznotes' student body reflects the diversity of the communities that they serve - a diversity that continues to be absent in the landscape of many classical music programs.

Testimonial:
"At every turn, and with every note played on her violin, I have watched Kiarra transform. Kidznotes is having a significant impact on her reading and math skills, as well as building her confidence and character." - a Kidznotes parent

Incentives:
Kidznotes is in the middle of a $24,000 challenge grant with The Stewards Fund. They will match every new or increased gift made before December 31st.

For more on Kidznotes, see Bev's blog post here.

MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION
musicmaker.org
919-643-2456
Founded: 1994

Graymatter was excited to share the stage with Big Ron Hunter, a MMR participant. A great guy and a super fun evening.

What they do:
The Music Maker Relief Foundation, was founded to preserve American musical traditions by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker gives future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of our music and culture.

Testimonial:
"Music Makers! I know they've done a lot for me and they have done a lot for other musicians I now. I really appreciate the way they help people that would otherwise have no help."
- Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Incentives:
The Bullpen will match all donations for Music Maker through the Give Guide (website link above) by donating $1 from each pint sold up to $10,000.

Anyone donating $35 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a dinner for two at The Durham Hotel.

For more info on the Music Maker Relief Organization, see Graymatter's post here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What's Coming Up?

We're looking ahead and lining up dates!
Keep checking our calendar for updates and our page on Facebook too!
 
Mark your calendars for:
 
 
Friday, Nov 4th, 7pm, Craft City Sip-In, Greensboro
Friday, Nov 11th, 8pm, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro
Saturday, Dec 17, Private party, Burlington
Friday, Jan 13th, 7:30pm Four Saints Brewing Company, Asheboro
Friday, Jan 20th, 9:30pm, Rusted Bucket Tavern, Burlington
Saturday, Feb 4th, 8pm, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro
Saturday, Feb 18th, 7pm, Craft City Sip-In, Greensboro
Friday, Apr 7th, 9:30pm, Rusted Bucket Tavern, Burlington
Saturday, Apr 29th, 8pm, Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro


Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's a Win!

Congratulations Barry for your win at the Triad Music Festival's Singer/Songwriter Showdown this month. "Who's Gonna Save Me" is an awesome song!
 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gifts from Graymatter Fans!

We really love seeing all your Graymatter concert photos and videos on social media! Please tag us in your photos or link to us so we can be sure to see all the great shots that you capture. Or post them to our Facebook page for all to see!

This photo was sent to us by Alejandro Alfonso after he found us playing in the streets at Beer-B-Que in downtown Burlington. Great shot.

Here's a video that was taken by Jim Pruitt while we were at Craft City Sip-In in Greensboro and here's another taken by Gregory Silva when we were at Muddy Creek in Winston-Salem. Aren't they fun!

And here's a fantastic painting by Skip Zimmerman. Our instruments! It's so nice to receive these gifts. Graymatter friends are the best!


We have some pretty fantastic events coming up over the next few months, including some awesome outdoor festivals. Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar to see what's ahead!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Doodad Farm 5th Anniversary - and Benefit for Jill Hunter


Doodad Farm is marking their 5th anniversary with an evening of music and fun!  Some great local songwriters have been invited to perform short sets beginning at 5pm and then at 8pm Graymatter, the first band to perform at Doodad Farm all those years ago, takes the stage for a 2 hour show! All tips and donations at this free event will benefit Jill Hunter, a wonderful friend and Doodad volunteer who is battling cancer and the overwhelming expenses involved. Come join us that evening, listen to some great live music in this fun outdoor venue. Join us as we celebrate one of our favorite venues and help us to help Jill. Bring your chairs, your coolers, your well-behaved dogs and your kids to this family-friendly event. For more event information, just give a click here!
About Jill:
 
Jill is an avid lover of all kinds of music, a charter-member/volunteer at Doodad Farm and has shared her smiling face, music-infused joy and consistent willingness to help behind the scenes at that venue. To Graymatter, she’s our friend, she's family, and she's one of our biggest fans. You’ve probably seen her at our gigs, in the audience, right up front, singing and dancing her heart out.

Last November, Jill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has been unable to return to her work since. She’s currently on her second series of chemo treatments and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Her employers at UNC Horizons Program, have been wonderfully accomodating regarding her medical leave and her coworkers have generously donated their own vacation time allowance so that Jill will be able to keep her position and still receive an income while she was out. However, because of the extended amount of time that’s been required for her treatment, Jill is transitioning to reduced income on disability. Jill is single and lives independently in her home. We want to help cover some of her regular living expenses as well as out-of-pocket medical costs so that she can concentrate on her fight rather than worry about her mounting medical expenses.
 
A group of us friends of Jill Hunter are asking for your help. Jill is 56-year old, kind, and generous lady. She's an avid lover of all kinds of music and a charter-member volunteer at Doodad Farm and has shared her smiling face, music-infused joy, and consistent willingness to help behind the scenes with workdays and events.
Last November, Jill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has been unable to return to her work since. She's currently on her second chemo regime and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Her employers at UNC Horizons Program, where Jill helps serve pregnant and parenting women, have been accommodating and her coworkers generous with donated leave.  However, despite all that, Jill is transitioning to reduced income on disability. Jill is single and lives independently in her home in Burlington, NC. We want to help cover some of her regular living expenses as well as out-of-pocket medical costs. We thank you in advance for your generosity for Jill. A group of us friends of Jill Hunter are asking for your help. Jill is 56-year old, kind, and generous lady. She's an avid lover of all kinds of music and a charter-member volunteer at Doodad Farm and has shared her smiling face, music-infused joy, and consistent willingness to help behind the scenes with workdays and events.
Last November, Jill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has been unable to return to her work since. She's currently on her second chemo regime and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Her employers at UNC Horizons Program, where Jill helps serve pregnant and parenting women, have been accommodating and her coworkers generous with donated leave.  However, despite all that, Jill is transitioning to reduced income on disability. Jill is single and lives independently in her home in Burlington, NC. We want to help cover some of her regular living expenses as well as out-of-pocket medical costs. We thank you in advance for your generosity for Jill. A group of us friends of Jill Hunter are asking for your help. Jill is 56-year old, kind, and generous lady. She's an avid lover of all kinds of music and a charter-member volunteer at Doodad Farm and has shared her smiling face, music-infused joy, and consistent willingness to help behind the scenes with workdays and events.
Last November, Jill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has been unable to return to her work since. She's currently on her second chemo regime and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Her employers at UNC Horizons Program, where Jill helps serve pregnant and parenting women, have been accommodating and her coworkers generous with donated leave.  However, despite all that, Jill is transitioning to reduced income on disability. Jill is single and lives independently in her home in Burlington, NC. We want to help cover some of her regular living expenses as well as out-of-pocket medical costs. We thank you in advance for your generosity for Jill. A group of us friends of Jill Hunter are asking for your help. Jill is 56-year old, kind, and generous lady. She's an avid lover of all kinds of music and a charter-member volunteer at Doodad Farm and has shared her smiling face, music-infused joy, and consistent willingness to help behind the scenes with workdays and events.
Last November, Jill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has been unable to return to her work since. She's currently on her second chemo regime and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Her employers at UNC Horizons Program, where Jill helps serve pregnant and parenting women, have been accommodating and her coworkers generous with donated leave.  However, despite all that, Jill is transitioning to reduced income on disability. Jill is single and lives independently in her home in Burlington, NC. We want to help cover some of her regular living expenses as well as out-of-pocket medical costs. We thank you in advance for your generosity for Jill.
We really look forward to seeing you all at Doodad Farm on July 23rd, but if you're not able to attend and you'd still like to help, you can make a donation here. It's quick and easy!
We thank you in advance for your generosity for Jill.

 
 
 

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Calendar

Update:
The July 22nd night at the Rusted Bucket Tavern has been postponed but we'll be back there on August 26th at 9:30!

On July 23rd we'll be at Doodad Farm in Greensboro doing a special benefit show for Jill Hunter, who is fighting cancer, and we're hoping to raise funds to help her deal with medical/living expenses.  It's also Doodad Farm's 5th Anniversary so check out the venue's event page to see what's in store. Graymatter takes the stage at 8pm. It'll be a good night!