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Jonathan Byrd and Melissa Carper

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday November 12th Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys will bring their high energy soulful Americana show to the auditorium. 

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.   Between heartbreaking ballads and heart-lifting sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show.  Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. 

Joined on drums by Austin McCall (Kaira Ba, Violet Bell), and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw, and mandolin, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.

The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “…one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”

“…a folk singer with the heart of a rock ‘n’ roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times

Opening the show that night will be Melissa Carper and the Blue Hankies. Melissa made her mark on the  music world this year with her release of ‘Daddy’s Country Gold”, which climbed both country and folk charts and got some nice jazz reviews as well .  Her country sound blended with jazz overtones is the perfect vehicle for her tasty lyrics that remain long after the last note has faded. A true daughter of Eureka, Melissa has made her home in Nashville and Texas pulling their musical influences into her songs as well.  She Brings her band, fiddler and vocalist Rebecca Patek and pianist Emily Gimble, granddaughter of Johnny Gimble of Bob Wills fame.

“It’s a tricky thing that Carper has done. She clearly revels in recreating the music of her heroes, carefully preserving the sense of romance and immediacy of the old classics. Yet by bringing her own experiences into the canon, she is unearthing a history that includes so many more of us, finally allowed to speak out through memories forgotten due to silence and taboo. – No Depression”


This show will benefit our local food bank and People Helping People.

Please bring non-perishable food items and/or cash donations to the door. 

Tickets will be required, available at theaud.org  or at the door.


Doors open at 6:00pm for the Hedgehoppers. The Hedgehoppers are a 74 year tradition, every 3rd grade class since 1947 has performed a Ozark traditional Square dance during



November 12
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm