2016 Music Lineup

Music Lineup
We’ve discovered that upbeat folk, bluegrass and indie rock hailing from the heart of North Carolina pairs best with Chatham County pepper dishes and cold pepper beer…

Music is always a fun part of PepperFest, so bring your lawn chairs or grab a spot on a straw bale and enjoy the spice of life!

2016 Music!



Rinaldi Flying Circus is an indie-blues rock band out of Greensboro, NC. Lead singer Stacey Rinaldi’s empowered vocals stir memories of Etta James and Grace Slick, flowing over an eclectic blend of indie blues and jazz-rock, with a dash of swamp gypsy.
Over the last year, the band has been gigging hard throughout the Southeast region, including performances at Front Porch Fest (Stuart, VA), NoDa Summer MusicFest (Charlotte, NC), and a Mid-Atlantic tour from North Carolina to New York. They’ve had opportunities to share the stage with outstanding acts like Futurebirds (GA), Red Mouth (AL), the Mobros (SC), Citizen Shade (NC), and even comedian Barry Rothbart (NY). The band was also featured on North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things” with Frank Stasio, following the release of their debut album, Old Hat.

The Rinaldi Flying Circus is wilder, veering through gothic blues moods with a sense of chaotic adventure. —Jordan Lawrence, Indy Week (Nov 19, 2015)

“When the The Rinaldi Flying Circus took the stage, Stacey’s powerfully raw, deep voice took up the entire room, filling it with a bluesy vibe right away. Reminiscent of vintage jazz combined with contemporary rock ‘n’ roll…(t)he sound they created together was an eclectic mashup of genres spanning decades…(l)iving up to their name with their sultry vibes and tight instrumentals…” – Mary Windsor, The Carolinian (Sep 23, 2015)



What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco’s Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country’s dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called “passionately intoxicating” and “orchestral” and Melody’s bluesy vocals have been described as “rafter-shaking”. Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country’s new album Sake of the Sound is out now.

“They somehow strike that perfect blend of soaring vocals, impressive playing and interesting song choices” – Fretboard Journal

“A ground-breaking, genre-shaking performance San Francisco-based group screwed up every tradition of the sound America gave to the world and remoulded it again” – Spalding Today UK

“Their music occupies a hinterland that extends much further than bluegrass, however, reaching into a beyond that at times makes them the missing link between Punch Brothers and the Penguin Café Orchestra and even extends to the prog rock of Family and King Crimson” – The Herald, Scotland UK


mystiMysti Mayhem is a gifted singer and guitarist. Her original songs span the range of rock, blues and folk. And this fiery redhead’s enchanting stage presence rivets the attention of any audience.

Off-Broadway stage performances started early for Mysti and continued through her high school years. Having graduated from Honesdale, PA, she began sharing the stage with Mike Farris (Screamin Cheetah Wheelies), and Damon Johnson (Brother Cane and Gov’t Mule).

At the age of 19 she moved to Gainesville, Florida where she met Bo Diddley, “The Originator,” who helped coach her voice and showed her how to project herself onstage.

This is also where she met Mandocello, created the duo Spellbox, and set out on tour in support of their album “Egyptian Death March” (available on CDBaby).

One of the exciting ventures during their tour happened in Nashville where Mysti Mayhem walked into the lobby at Curb Records with her guitar, and, after being turned away, sang them a song anyway. (video on Youtube).

She has shared the stage with Hamell On Trial, Bo Diddley, Dan Bern, Trainwreck and a number of other interesting folks.

Her most recent CD is the sellaband fan financed “Diversity”, from which the video appearing here was created.

Fiery, Vibrant, Fresh – Mysti Mayhem is a Revolution.