The 6th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival is quickly approaching and The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford is proud to announce this year’s headline entertainment. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 following the State’s biggest and best Shrine Parade, Jim Quick & Coastline will take the main stage providing their wonderful Carolina Sound for all in attendance to enjoy. For Friday evenings kick-off celebration at the “Yard Party”, New Bern’s own Bryan Mayer will bring his powerhouse country sound to the Pit’s Main Stage, starting at 6pm on October 7, 2016. There is plenty to do, see, remember, celebrate, and certainly enjoy for Masonic Homecoming 2016, especially with these two popular, Carolina favorites taking the stage. Make plans to come and enjoy this weekend filled with incredible music – all part of the Masonic Homecoming Festival, October 7 – 9, 2016.
ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HOMECOMING ENTERTAINMENT
JIM QUICK & COASTLINE – As Artist or in person, Jim Quick is the kind of guy you genuinely want to call a friend. With the charm only a true Southerner can possess, he brings his talent to the stage with a quick-witted, knee-slapping sense of humor coupled with the clear sincerity of his love for his craft.
Quick’s been touring the Southeast US for more than 15 years, playing nearly 300 shows per year, and has released more than 11 albums including his newest, DOWN SOUTH. Originally introducing their music as the Coastline Band—a band of friends who played the Carolina beach bars day in and day out—the group pushed Quick to the forefront and naturally transformed into Jim Quick & Coastline. Known for his all-out performances and deliberate, off-the-cuff wisecracks, Jim has been a gracious recipient of the Carolina Music Awards “Entertainer Of The Year Award” – nine times.
”Strong” is exactly the word to describe Jim’s catalog, and his most recent, DOWN SOUTH, is poised to become a best-selling musical novel. With songs such as “I’m A Dog” and “Don’t Shoot The Snake,” Quick segues the comic relief of Rodney Dangerfield and Barney Fife to teddy bear tenderness in “Hurt That Bad” and “Forever Man”. A melding of the genres that make up the musical culture of the South, including Country, Blues, Soul, Southern Rock and Jazz, Quick’s take on music is not to be tuned out.
His devoted fans, the “Coastline Crazies,” know it’s hardly luck that allows Quick’s path to cross with musical greats. It’s his musical gumbo and unadulterated energy that keeps fans coming back for more. And, with the release of DOWN SOUTH and his introduction to country radio, Quick is certain to add more “Crazies” to the mix! (Courtesy of Kat Atwood – Music City News)
BRYAN MAYER – With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer, is making a BIG impact on the Country music scene. A North Carolina native, the 6’7” singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13. The son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse, while stationed in Quantico, VA, Bryan was tapped by his middle school music teacher to play the upright bass in the school band for his already impressive height of 6’1” in the 7th grade. Although Bryan enjoyed playing the bass, the lure of the front man aspect and realizing he could sing lead him to pick up the guitar. After some impromptu performances at keg parties at his house in college at ECU, Bryan ended up on the Carolina sands of Oak Island, NC. It was there that he started crafting his style and gutting it out in any bar, restaurant or party that would hire him.
Being a southern man from NC, Bryan identified with the bonfires, days on the river, and the simple life that Country is. It wasn’t long after that show that Country radio powerhouse 95.1 WRNS took notice of Mayer’s talent and began to use him as a frequent opener at concerts for National Country headliners like Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, and dozens more including Southern Rock Gods, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Years before, Bryan had already performed with Marshall Tucker and Blackfoot.
In the meantime, and while performing, Mayer made an attempt to write his first Country song, an autobiographic ballad called, “This is Me.” After WRNS Program Director and songwriter, Tommy Garret, heard the song, he promised Bryan if he had it recorded by hot new Nashville Producer, Stokes Nielson of the The Lost Trailers, he would play it on his Top 40 Country station. The station, which covers over 1/3 of the entire state of NC, began to get Facebook messages, emails and requests for the song. After numerous times as #1 on the WRNS “Six Most Wanted at 6,” a daily countdown of the most requested songs, “This is Me,” ended up #127 on the Mediabase Country charts in June 2013, giving Bryan his first Top 200 Country song.
Bryan has since been back to Nashville multiple times to record his original songs and videos with Producer, Stokes Nielson. Bryan is currently being nominated by his fans for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Country Artist and Music Video of the Year. His single, “This is Me,” hits National Country radio this spring and his EP drops this summer. If you’re looking to add a new and promising Country voice and talent to your playlist, look no further than Country music’s future BIG MAN, Bryan Mayer.