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The Steel Wheels head to Rooster Walk 11, The Rooster’s Wife for the holiday weekend

The Steel Wheels are having a double rooster of a holiday weekend.

First up, they are set to perform on Saturday at the 11th annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival in Axton, Virginia. And on Sunday the string band from Virginia is heading to The Rooster’s Wife to perform in Aberdeen, North Carolina.

It’s the first time the band will perform at either venue, according to Trent Wagler, the band’s founder and frontman, who plays guitar and banjo. Continue reading


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Hopscotch 10 celebrates a decade in downtown Raleigh on Sept. 5-7, 2019

Featuring an eclectic collection of more than 120 acts, Hopscotch Music Festival will return for its 10th year on Sept. 5-7, 2019 to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hopscotch has been described as “America’s (secret) best festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America.”

Wristbands go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at bit.ly/Hopscotch10

Check out the impressive lineup below:

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NCMA hosts first solo exhibition of Scott Avett’s visual art

From the good folks over at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA):

Raleigh, N.C. — This fall, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) hosts the first solo museum exhibition of the visual art of Scott Avett, founding member of the Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers band. Open October 12,2019,through February 2, 2020, Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E will include large-scale portraits, prints, and paintings. Until now Avett’s work with The Avett Brothers has taken center stage. The NCMA exhibition shines a lighton his art making, thereby demonstrating the richness and diversity of his practice.“I’m not anything first—not painter, musician, writer, printmaker, performer—before I am an artist,” said Avett, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University and lives in Concord, N.C. Continue reading