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YEP ROC 20: Storied record label celebrates 20th anniversary with three nights of music in North Carolina on Oct. 19-21

From the good folks over at Yep Roc Records: 
The artist-driven label that proudly refuses to be labeled, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Yep Roc 20, a three-night concert blowout to be held October 19, 20 and 21, in Carrboro, North Carolina, and its new hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Brevard Music Center kicks off 81st season with performances by Sarah Siskind and Sunliner, Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs

Some of my favorite artists are part of the Brevard Music Center’s 81st season, which kicks off with an opening night performance of Beethoven 5, conducted by Brevard Music Center’s Artistic Director Keith Lockhart on Thursday, June 22.

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People’s Blues of Richmond to perform at Pop’s Farm home to Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 30

The Ninth Annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is in the books but that doesn’t mean the music at its location at Pop’s Farm in Axton, Virginia, has to stop. In fact, on Friday, June 30, you can catch Rooster Walk regular the People’s Blues of Richmond  performing on the Pine Grove Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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The Kruger Brothers to headline Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition on June 17

The Kruger Brothers are headlining the annual Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition set for noon on Saturday, June 17, at  Grayson Highlands State Park. Tickets are $20 plus parking fee. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. Continue reading


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Wolf Hills Brewing to host The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival June 2–3

If you’re in Abingdon, Virginia, or headed to the area the first weekend in June, check out
Wolf Hills Brewing’s The Howling Craft Beer and Music Festival on June 2-3, 2017. The brewery is located at 350 Park St SE. The festival will feature Drivin N Cryin, The Trongone Band (fresh off some amazing sets at Rooster Walk 9), Time Sawyer, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Dave Eggar, Amythyst Kiah and many more.


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4th Annual Brevard Blues & BBQ Festival set for June 2-3

A precursor to the Brevard Music Center’s summer series, the Brevard Blues & BBQ Festival is a two-day event by 185 Productions on June 2 and 3 at BMC’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. The festival offers live blues music, craft vendors, food vendors and a barbecue cookoff. The festival begins at 5 p.m. June 2 and 2 p.m. June 3. Tickets are $25 for Friday-only, $35 for Saturday-only and $45 for the weekend. For more information, visit brevardbluesfestival.com.

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Mandolin Orange kicks off festival season with returns to MerleFest, Rooster Walk 9

Ever wondered where the funny, punny name Mandolin Orange — one of today’s premiere American roots bands — has its origins?

“We were driving back from our first gig opening for Kickin Grass, a band from Raleigh, and we thought what a cool name and that we needed a name,” remembers Emily Frantz (violin/guitar/vocals), who makes up half of this uber talented duo who still call Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home.

Andrew Marlin (mandolin/guitar/vocals), who loves puns and word play, had this little round and orange mandolin at the time, said half-joking how about Mandolin Orange? And it stuck.”

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