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Listen Up: Live music opportunities abound for Memorial Day 2018

There are numerous live music festivals and venues throughout North Carolina, Virginia and beyond on tap to help you celebrate the official kickoff of summer over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Following are a few highlights. If I’ve missed one, let me know! Continue reading


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The Cleverlys sign with same label as Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

If you were fortunate enough to catch The Cleverlys, a five-member trio known for its unique musical stylings, at MerleFest 2018, then you most likely know why the good folks over at  Mountain Home Music Co.  have decided the to make them the latest group to sign with the award-winning label. Continue reading


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North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off 2018 Summer Concert season with First Aid Kit, Shovels and Rope, Mandolin Orange in June

The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off its 2018 Summer Concert Series with First Aid Kit and Jade Bird on Friday, June 8, which is already sold out as are tickets for Mandolin Orange’s June 23 show.

“Summer concerts and movies have been an NCMA tradition for two decades, and we’re excited to launch another season of great music and entertainment,” the website states. “Our venue — the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park — is situated in the heart of the Museum campus amid gardens, meadows, woodlands, and sculpture.”

However, tickets are available for Shovels and Rope and Son Volt on at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

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32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival partnering with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and local food bank on May 18-20, 2018

The 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival,  the longest-running blues festival in the Southeast U.S., will host international, national, regional, and local blues acts for a weekend of full of blues, rain or shine on May 18-20, 2018, in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, at LeBauer Park, organizers say.

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8th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival to feature Balsam Range, Seldom Scene and Love Canon, among many others May 25-27 in Floyd, VA

I’ve never made it up to the annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Floyd, Virginia, in part because it is over Memorial Day Weekend, when I can usually be found at another southwest Virginia music festival, Rooster Walk, which is just down the winding road at Pop’s Farm in Axton,Virginia.

Chantilly’s lineup for its eighth annual event set for May 25-27, 2018, however, may be the just the charm needed to get me up there this year. Continue reading


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Leftover Salmon, Chatham County Line, Front Country, Forlorn Strangers, Annabelle’s Curse among headliners for 2018 North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival set for May 11-12 in Huntersville

I have no idea how the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, which combines two of my favorite things, hasn’t hit my radar until now. Maybe it’s because it’s located at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville, just north of Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because the organizers just never thought to reach out to me since it began in 2011, from what I can gather from the website.

It’s certainly not because of the music, or the featured breweries.

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World-class guitar show wraps up Marvelous Music Mainstage Series on Friday, May 11, at the Cary, NC, Arts Center

From the good folks at the Town of Cary, North Carolina:

Catch a world-class guitar show at the Cary Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018, as Loren and Mark wrap up the Marvelous Music Mainstage Series.  Continue reading