The BIC Center WVBI Summer Gala for 2021 is shaping up to be a truly unique experience. First is the location. The historic King Strang Hotel will set the stage for the event with its perfect summers up north vibe. From the porch and grounds, Gala attendees will witness another classic island sunset with painted skies cascading from bright yellows to burnt orange with a deep blue backdrop fading to darkness and eventually twinkling stars and the Milky Way streaming overhead. That display and the island’s application to be recognized as a Dark Sky Sanctuary give rise to this year’s theme: Starry Nights. But the stars overhead won’t be the only ones at the party. Music will come from the Byrne Brothers, internationally acclaimed performers of classic Irish music as well as from Zachariah Malachi and the Hilly Billy Executives and their genre bending mix of folk, country, honky tonk and rock. We’ll also have an appearance from Headlands Dark Sky Park founder and Storyteller’s Night Sky host Mary Stewart Adams. There’ll be spectacular food with multiple small courses, special wine and craft beers and gourmet deserts. In between the music and presentations, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items as well as live auction items (many available for bidding only at the Gala) and the chance to purchase tickets for chances to win a variety of prizes.
It’s going to be a spectacular evening. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now to avoid disappointment.
More about the Byrne Brothers
The Byrne Brothers are a multi award winning family band and Irish dancers from Dublin and one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music today. They are Luca 17 on Accordion, Finn 15 on Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar, Dempsey 11 on Bodhran & Whistle and Dad Tommy on Uilleann Pipes, Bagpipes, Fiddle and Guitar. They are All County Champions on their instruments and Ulster Champion Irish Dancers. Having moved to Orlando Florida in 2018 they became the youngest ever Cast Members of Walt Disney World while performing at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. They are still performing at Raglan Road on weekends even through the pandemic. With 30 million views, half a million shares and over 50,000 followers on social media along with front cover of The Irish Music Magazine and touring 44 States and 2 Caribbean Cruises, The Byrne Brothers are making a great name for themselves in America and all over the world. American Celtic Radio Listeners voted them “Rising Stars of the Year 2021 and Best CD Cover of 2021 for Living the Dream”
“Each performance and festival they graced with their music, dancing and fun presence increased their reputation as a talented act you didn’t want to miss.” – Irish American News
“The quality of their individual playing and arrangements, as well as their smooth and interesting transitions are impressive. The combination and pairing of self-composed and Trad pieces are well thought out and brilliantly done.” – Irish Music Magazine
“You’ll be on your feet cheering as they get up to dance and send those high into the air setting sparks on stage with their stepping.” – Irish American News
More about Zachariah Malachi
Sometimes traditional–sometimes bringing a new sound to a familiar tune, Zachariah Malachi is as genuine a honky tonk artist as any we’ve previously heard. Growing up outside of Detroit while being part of a family of East Tennesseans, Zachariah was obsessed with the lonesome moan of Hank Williams. Picking up rhythm guitar at an adolescent age, he strived to be a hillbilly singer like many of his mentors. On many Fridays and Saturdays, you could find him singing in local bars before he was even of age to taste any whiskey.
In his early 20s, you could catch him anywhere from the Metro Detroit area to the suburbs of Chicago and Indiana fronting a country punk band called Hook N Krooks. It was during this time that Zachariah’s songwriting skills appeared at their Genesis and local publications took notice of the hybrid styles they were hearing:
“There’s an appropriately dirty feel to the whole record, sort of like a ’70s exploitation flick, or a modern equivelant like The Devil’s Rejects. Lots of fun though.” – Detroit’s MetroTimes
In 2018, Zachariah started a band geared more towards his serious love for honky tonk music. It was then that The Hillbilly Executives became the band that always backed Zachariah on the road. With The Hillbilly Executives, Zachariah had a chance to play all of his favorite venues in the Detroit area, even opening for Patti Smith at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. He loved his hometown, but it was time for him to make the pilgrimage to Nashville.
Upon Zachariah’s first few stays in town, he caught the attention of Gus Arrendale of Springer Mountain Farm Chicken (a sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry and 650 AM WSM), and Gus graciously offered to finance Zachariah’s first album. With legendary guitarist Jimmy Capps as producer, Local Bar Opry Star was shaping to be a top notch Nashville record with the best of the modern A-Team to back it while striving to bring a sound to the table that country music longs to get back to as well as a splash of the eccentricity that only someone like Zachariah can dish.
Currently, Zachariah lives in Nashville with the family of Pop-A-Top legend Jim Ed Brown. He is finishing up his debut record and performing downtown in two bands: The Tennessee Walkers and The Cowpokes.
More About Mary Stewart Adams
Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian, and host of the weekly public radio program and podcast “The Storyteller’s Night Sky”. Through her research in spiritual science and her education in literary arts, Mary has developed a unique, humanities-based approach to understanding our relationship with the stars. Her work is further augmented by an extensive knowledge of ancient mythologies and fairy tales, which she relates to the research and ideas of contemporary astronomy in order to understand the new star wisdom of astrosophy.
Mary has traveled extensively in fulfillment of her mission to safeguard the human imagination by protecting our access to the night sky and its stories, and has received numerous honors for her work advocating for dark skies.
As a global advocate for starry skies, Mary led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world in 2011, which later led to her home state of Michigan protecting 35,000 acres of state land for its natural darkness. Mary’s research in human biography and the stars began in 1981, when, at the propitious destiny moment in the life of the young adult, she opened her first book of mystery wisdom. Mary’s book The Star Tales of Mother Goose~For Those Who Seek the Secret Language of the Stars, richly illustrated by her sister, artist Patricia Delisa, will publish in Spring 2021.