HIAWASSEE, Ga. – “Imagine…you are mingling among friends (and soon-to-be new friends) over incredible food prepared by one of the best chefs around,” Michael Borkman of Two-Twelve Entertainment began. “The wine is exquisite and poured by the owner of the vineyard. The beer is refreshing and straight from the tap. The sizzle of made-to-order crab cakes sends out an aroma that is sure to entice the palette. Ah, life is good here in the mountains. Suddenly, the gentle hum of the cozy conversations is interrupted by the highly anticipated sounds of the guitar tuning up, a few rolls of the drums, and the bass…oh, that bass. Casually, guests are ushered to their seats to hear what is sure to be an amazing jazz performance in the living room. Yes, the living room.”
Private concerts are taking the world by storm, Borkman explained, and people everywhere are taking notice of the “living room phenomena.” These aren’t just little concerts; these are entire, intimate experiences that provide music lovers the chance to hear artists in a way that seemed foreign and untouchable not so long ago. Here, musicians can relax as they get to know their audience on a personal level and can perform under less pressure. Listeners can experience the energy between the band members that is impossible to even remotely grasp in larger venues. The magic is simply incredible.
Michael Borkman and Susan Reese of Two-Twelve Entertainment have lined up artists for the 2019 season to perform at such events. Roman Street, a pair of brothers who blend Classical and Contemporary Jazz, Latin, and Nuevo Flamenco, are set to perform June 15th. Other artists lined up include vocal jazz improviser Fred Johnson, award-winning trumpeter Joe Gransden, and jazz guitarist Nate Najar. Lead guitarist of the popular country band Lady Antebellum, Jason “Slim” Gambill, and his jazz band make a return in November after performing the inaugural private concert last fall.
Here in the mountains of north Georgia and western North Carolina, these musical evenings are an incredible way to connect with good friends and talented musicians. These concerts have been known to happen in other areas in extremely casual atmospheres with popcorn and cupcakes, but Michael and Susan have a more elegant vision while keeping them comfortable, enjoyable, and enchanting. The artistry of the musicians is that of big city blues clubs. Delicate wines and craft beers from locals such as Hightower Creek Vineyards and Valley River Brewery can be enjoyed with mouth-watering creations from the chefs at Paris and Company.
The best part about these in-home experiences is they benefit local and regional charities, Borkman said. The Still Place, a local organization in Hayesville, North Carolina, was the selected beneficiary of the proceeds from the first concert with Slim. This non-profit organization offers rest and retreats to families with critically ill children, resulting in daily smiles and memories. Angel Flight Soars, an organization based out of Atlanta that provides air transportation to those requiring medical care and treatment but have a lack of the funds needed to get there, will be benefitting from the proceeds of the Roman Street concert in June.
Of course, concerts like this would not be possible without their generous sponsors. Two-Twelve Entertainment has partnered with Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, Hometown Sleep Center in Hiawassee, Steven Aft with State Farm Insurance, Crawford Media Solutions, Business Solutions, and Extreme Carolina talk show host and producer Michael Levi Borkman. Working together with both the non-profits and businesses like these allows the groups to be able to enjoy fabulous gatherings while doing the most good for those in need, making these events win-win situations.
“The question is, why imagine what these incredible evenings are like?” Borkman concluded. “Experience them for yourself! Two-Twelve’s own videographer and partner, George Dukin, is a genius at capturing these events on camera, but to really grasp the energy of these exclusive events, you need to be there. To attend, host, or sponsor one of these amazing experiences, contact Michael or Susan at Two-Twelve Entertainment. Or, you can purchase an all-inclusive passport for the upcoming Roman Street Concert. See you there!”