Guests can relax at café and park settings including under our Eiffel Tower while listening to musicians, singing, strumming, plucking and playing in the Marketplace. Entertainment includes a variety of musicians drawing from various musical genres!
Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival, in collaboration with El Jaye Enterprises, happily and proudly announce the following live entertainment for February 4 & 5, 2017 for the Market Place:
Saturday, FEBRUARY 4, 2017, 11am-6pm
11:00 am – Darryl Donnell Murrill
Darryl Murrill should be considered as a saxophonist with extraordinary ability! He truly has the wherewithal to make the saxophone sing with a unique flare rooted in Gospel and Jazz influences. Furthermore, Darryl’s sound can be described as a smoother, yet soulful sound, with a melodic purity that pierces you in your heart. Darryl is a singer, producer, song writer, plays more than five different instruments and is owner of Ablaze Sound Productions sound production studio. Whether accompanied by a full band or musical tracks Darryl tantalizes with his saxophone sound and melodic measures of syncopation, vibrato, and range of note selection. Darryl endeavors to make music that enriches listeners spiritually and to present a positive music experience to allow them to enjoy themselves as well. WEBSITE
1:00 pm – Susan Savia
Susan Savia is a professional musician possessing a 3+ octave range, she plays solid guitar and harmonica (and whistles, too). Susan is also a Certified Music Practitioner offering one-on-one, in the moment bedside therapeutic music. She is host/owner of Happy Little Singers (an early childhood music and movement program), and she teaches private lessons. Susan won Wilma Magazine's Woman to Watch award in 2013. Susan has a pure voice, and can sing in ANY style (covers, enchanting/mellow, standards, folk/Americana, twangy country, rock, jazz, and bles). Boasting a VAST repertoire of over 900 songs, including her own originals, Susan is guaranteed to have something everyone! WEBSITE
3:00 pm – Teddy Burgh
Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, Burgh started playing flute in junior high school. There was no money for private lessons, so Burgh diligently studied his band music and supplemented his appetite by learning to play along with songs on the radio. Jazz, marches, R&B, soul, and gospel music filled the Burgh house and influenced his development. He furthered his music studies at Hampton University. After graduation, Burgh found that most bands wanted him to play saxes in addition to flute, so he worked to develop his skills on these woodwinds as well. Burgh is grateful to have shared the stage with artists such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Joe Chambers, Kathy Sledge, Yolanda Adams, The Manhattans, Tom Browne, and Ray Charles. In addition to being an Associate Professor, Burgh is an active performer and composer. He also currently performs with the FROG Project. You can reach him at teddyburgh @gmail.com; facebook.com/theodoreburgh; twburgh (Instagram)
5:00 PM – Donn Stanley
No stranger to golf country clubs and ritzy restaurants, Southport-based pianist and vocalist Donn Stanley will bring a collection of soulful standards, American pop tunes, and even a few surprises to this year’s Wine & Chocolate Festival. Donn has played with several North & South Carolina-based groups, providing party entertainment, Motown reviews, and special events throughout his musical career.
Sunday, February 5, 2017, Noon – 4pm
12:00 noon – RJ on Bass
New York born RJ is a professional musician and singer/songwriter, from Columbia, SC. RJ has had the opportunity to play for artists that opened for Angie Stone, Khandi Buress, and recording guitarist Terence Young. RJ's band, JazMatic has opened for and played for recording artist Dionne Kirby and others. R J is just as comfortable performing solo as his does keeping a tight groove in a rhythm section as he will be bringing his solo act to the Wine & Chocolate Festival. RJ feels that one of the most enjoyable features of his musical journey is practicing his bass guitar skills at home daily. WEBSITE
1:30 PM – Rebekah Todd (Solo)
Growing up in the small town of Benson, North Carolina, Rebekah Todd has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember. At 11 years old, Rebekah’s father, a musician himself, gave her a black acoustic Washburn guitar and taught her to play. Flooding the house with sounds of classic rock and folk, her father played everything from Pink Floyd to the Righteous Brothers, leading Rebekah to instantly find her musical niche somewhere between melodic soul and alternative folk rock. Growing into her soulful voice and musical style, the singer-songwriter started to pull inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, citing passionate singer/songwriters like Lauryn Hill and Susan Tedeschi as her inspiration and shaping the music she writes and performs today. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from East Carolina University in 2012, Rebekah has been devoting her life to writing and touring. Currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rebekah is a gifted performer with a natural, soulful, and effortless voice and two releases under her belt, releasing her debut EP, Forget Me Not, in 2011, and first LP, Roots Bury Deep, in 2014. Playing over 170 gigs in just 12 short months, her band Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey won the On The Rise series for FloydFest 2016 and are set to play the mainstage in 2017 alongside acts such as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels and Rope, and Turkuaz. WEBSITE
3:00 pm – El Jaye Johnson
El Jaye Johnson has become a festival “favorite” and is returning for his fourth year in a row! El Jaye is, by far, one of the most versatile and entertaining artists in Wilmington. Dynamic performances leave audiences wanting more and more. A true “One-Man-Band”, El Jaye plays Smooth Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk, Reggae, and old school swing. Be sure to catch his rendition of “Purple Rain.” Wilmington-based band leader and solo artist El Jaye Johnson fronts the Port City All-Stars. El Jaye is a 1990 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. El Jaye plays the guitar, keyboards, trumpet, and provides lead vocals for the band. El Jaye has opened up for several national artists including the Manhattans, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Ronnie Laws, Tom Browne, and the smooth jazz super group Fourplay. He is the owner of El Jaye Enterprises and EDJE Records. WEBSITE
For more information, contact Leonard “El Jaye” Johnson @ 910-799-2321 or 910-352-6527.
Or email El Jaye @ ElJayeMusicman@gmail.com.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Hors d'oeuvres and
WINE & CHOCOLATE
Saturday, February 4, 2017
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
noon - 4 p.m.
Along with scheduled culinary demonstrations and children’s activities held in the Riverview Room, lunch will be offered at Catering Thyme Café located in the bar area of the Riverview Room. Offered will be sandwiches, salads and other lite fare, as well as a variety of beverages, and Catering Thyme’s very special desserts. Comfortable seating at the bar and at bistro tables, both inside the Riverview Room and on the Riverview Terrace Deck, weather permitting, will offer festival-goers opportunities to relax with friends, have a glass of wine or share a bottle of wine, enjoy their lunch and/or snack on their purchases overlooking the beautiful and scenic Cape Fear River.