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Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival, Chick-fil-A of Clemmons announce inaugural Davie County High School seniors’ Bluegrass Day on Friday, Sept. 7

From the good folks at the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival:

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8th annual Apex Music Festival to feature The Gravy Boys, Shawn Mullins, Lauren Nicole on Sept. 15, 2018

The eighth annual Apex Music Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in downtown Apex, North Carolina. Featured acts include The Gravy Boys, Lauren Nicole, Beth Wood, Shawn Mullins, and many more. Continue reading


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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival announces full lineup for Fall 2018

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance has announced the fall lineup for the event happening Oct. 4 – 7, 2018, on 72 acres outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina, just outside the Triangle. Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine ranks Shakori Hills as one of the best festivals of 2018.

Lettuce will make a rare North Carolina festival appearance as will the Grammy-nominated Latin group Locos Por Juana.

Festival founders Donna the Buffalo will perform a headlining set Friday night and sets during the weekend with Zydeco elder statesman Preston Frank on accordion. Ryan Montbleau will treat the crowds to a solo set while Consider the Source will play hybrid acoustic.

Meanwhile, Durham-native G Yamazawa, a rapper and poet whose song “North Cack” rose to No. 3 on Spotify’s “Viral 50” chart last year, will make his first visit to Shakori Hills, as will rising Americana star Sierra Ferrell. Rolling Stone described Ferrell’s singing as a blend of, “folk, country, and ragtime, in a tone that has the foggy warmth of a photograph.”

And some of my personal favorites including Yarn, Caleb Caudle and folk-rock Shiloh Hill, a Winston-Salem-based band, will make its Shakori Hills debut this fall. I just released a first listen of the band’s latest video here  and on No Depression.

Visit the performers page of shakorihillsgrassroots.org to view the full list of performers, read bios, and watch videos.


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Third annual Jam in the Trees to feature diverse lineup including The Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas, Shooter Jennings and Elizabeth Cook on Aug. 24-25

If you are looking for some live music this weekend in Western North Carolina, don’t miss the annual Jam in the Trees set for Aug. 24-25 at Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain. Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine named this progressive string and roots bash among its 2018 Best Independent Music Variety Festivals. Acts include the Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas Band, Shooter Jennings and Elizabeth Cook.

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From the good folks over at The Press House and Jam In The Trees:
Jam In The Trees is proud to announce the lineup for the 2018 festival, which will be held on August 24-25, 2018. The annual music festival returns with a diverse lineup for the third year to Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
The roster includes legendary artists The Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas, Shooter Jennings, Elizabeth Cook, Jane Kramer, Gangstagrass, The Stray Birds, Jim Lauderdale, The Steel Wheels, Fireside Collective, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, The Slocan Ramblers, and Andy Buckner. Following tradition, Jam in the Trees will host music on both an indoor and outdoor stage, and will strategically schedule artists so that there are no overlapping sets. In addition to award-winning Pisgah beer, food trucks will be present on-site, as well as unique vendors and local artisans.

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BE LOUD! ’18 set for Aug. 24-25, 2018, at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.

From the good folks over at the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation:

Are you ready to BE LOUD again?

Be Loud! ’18 is set for the weekend of Aug. 24-25  Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, with all proceeds benefiting the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

This is our fifth Anniversary show (can you believe it?!) and we’re pleased to announce that Matthew Sweet is headlining Friday night with a reunited The Right Profile and Surrender Human opening. Saturday night is anchored by the one and only Sex Police with Collapsis and the Pre-Raphaelites supporting.

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Sam Bush Band, Hank and Pattie Duo rock Cat’s Cradle

Sam Bush loves North Carolina. And gauging from the roar of the appreciative crowd of some 200 souls gathered at the Cat’s Cradle live music venue in downtown Carrboro on Saturday night, North Carolina loves Sam Bush and company, and in this particular instance, the Sam Bush Band.

“It don’t get no better than to play in North Carolina,” Bush said from the stage.

His fans agree. “As always, Sam and band were amazing,” commented Rick Henderson of Raleigh. “No two shows are the same, but they’re all terrific.” Continue reading