Diverse Group Of North Carolina Musicians Join Local Progressive Organizations in Launching VoteNC.org

Article Contributed by HearthMusic | Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

At 6:30 PM EST on Sunday, July 12th, Down Home NC, Equality NC, Mijente, Poder NC, and RuralOrganizing.org will host a digital concert to launch a voter turnout campaign in the battleground state of North Carolina.

The online event will be a musical representation of the diverse communities of North Carolina and will feature hosts Joe Troop of Che Apalache and Shana Tucker and performances from The Hamiltones, Tatiana Hargreaves and Reed Stutz, Los Guanajatenses, Shirlette Ammons, Alexis Raeana Jones, and Javier Montano.

What: VoteNC.org Launch Party

When: 6:30-8:00pm Sunday, July 12th

Where: VoteNC.org/party

Who: The Hamiltones, Joe Troop with Tatiana Hargreaves and Reed Stutz, Los Guanajatenses, Shirlette Ammons, Alexis Raeana Jones, and Javier Montano.

About the Musical Performances

Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Joe Troop (frontman of “latingrass” sensation Che Apalache) will be co-hosting the event with Shana Tucker. His musical set will feature original bilingual material about Queer Equality, Immigrant Justice, and the power of rural communities.  He will be joined by powerhouse fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves and bluegrass singer Reed Stutz, two young stars of the Appalachian string band scene.

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana’s performance of “America the Beautiful” and “We Shall Overcome” provided a soundtrack to the recent removal of the Confederate statue on the grounds of the North Carolina Capitol building.

Alexis Raeana Jones, a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was raised in rural Robeson County. Her singing previously earned her an invitation to Los Angeles for the television competition “American Idol.” Currently, her days are filled with youth organizing in her home community with a focus on conservation and environmental justice.

The band Los Guanajuatenses, originates from Guanajuato, Mexico. This group was formed by 13 musicians from a town called San Pedro Tenango in 1999. Their music is heard on Hispanic radio stations throughout North Carolina. With their authentic style, they are a favorite among the many Mexican immigrants that call North Carolina home.

The three men who comprise soul star Anthony Hamilton’s background singers, The Hamiltones, have become known entities in their own right through an infectious series of viral video performances. Not since Perri have background soul singers become as instantly recognizable to the general public as these three exceptionally talented young men from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shirlette Ammons is a Mt Olive-native and Durham, NC- based poet and musician who also directs a youth arts program that offers arts everyday after school to hundreds of young artists in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas.

Javier Montano is an up-and-coming 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Greenville, NC with Mexican roots. A rising star on the Latinx music scene, he showcases his passionate singing with a tumbado quartet he formed with other young musicians from Eastern NC.