BY KELLIE FRAZIER
As a 14-year survivor of breast cancer, Glad Douse chose to create an event benefiting women’s cancer research called Rock The Knockers! After guest singing in local event ensembles that were run by men and featuring mostly men, Glad started thinking about how to put an event together that would feature Triad women musicians. She knew it would take some time, and figured she would need at least three months, and October seemed like a good target. Of course – Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Rock The Knockers will take place at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 7-10pm.
Glad contacted her surgeon, Dr. Ed Levine, who surprisingly remembered her, and put her in touch with the gifting department at Wake Forest. With their assistance, she chose to support the Dr. Elizabeth Alli Laboratory. Dr. Alli is making great strides in the fight to prevent triple-negative breast cancer by investigating tumorigenic mechanisms for purposes of cancer chemoprevention and targeted therapy.
Rock The Knockers features the following performers:
Michelle Belangerhas loved music her entire life. She began playing guitar during the folk-rock era. Michelle plays and sings as a guest with various local bands, and performs regularly with Mystery Hillbillies. She also jams at festivals, parties and fiddlers’ conventions, playing banjo, and baritone guitar.
Shelly Stevens’voice exudes her creativity and passion for life. Shelly’s musical family shaped who she is. Performing with The Muddy Creek Players and The Reeves House Band in Elkin, she recently recorded her debut album. Shelly taught preschool and raised two children in Kernersville.
Shiela Klinefelteris a long-time award-winning blues performer. Her smooth guitar skills and smoky vocals add a unique sound to all she does. Performing for over 24 years, her latest project, Gate City Divas, released ‘Goin To Town’ in March of 2016 and currently books festival performances.
Simply NoteAble Quartetis made up of four active members of Triad A Cappella Connection, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Singing together as a quartet for more than four years, they have 60+ years of vocal experience. Members are Lead: Lisa Gossett; Tenor: Cindy Simpkins; Baritone: Carol Cherwaty; and Bass: Laurie Bober. Simply NoteAble entertains at group events in the Triad and is excited to have the opportunity to sing in support of such a worthy cause.
Kate Evansgrew up playing multiple instruments. Attending Julliard & Rutgers School of Music and inspired by her studies with Kenny Barron, she graduated with a BA in Music and a double major in jazz and classical performance. A prolific songwriter, she played rock with All God’s Children and soon started her own band called Isoe. Performing as a solo act for 15 years, she currently sings at local events.
Renée Henryis a musician for life. A multi-instrumentalist, she plays piano, organ, Celtic harp and guitar. Renee’s voice was her primary instrument as she recorded with Grammy-winners and bluegrass notables. She currently performs her solo show at festivals and wineries, sings lead and harmony and plays keyboard with the Triad band, XcentriX.
Glad Dousejoined her first rock band at the age of 15 and met her husband, Dave Douse in that same band. The Douses have played together in rock and blues bands for the past 30 years. Taking a short break from rock in 2012, Glad sang bass in an award-winning A Cappella chorus which culminated with a gold medal in Las Vegas. Going back to rock in 2015, Glad sings lead and harmony vocals with XcentriX.