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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


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LOCKN’ Festival featuring Lettuce, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sheryl Crow and The Judy Chops is set for Aug. 23-26, 2018, in Arrington, VA

The Lockn’ Festival is celebrating its sixth year Aug. 23-26, 2018, in central Virginia featuring four days of continuous music, food, craft beer and more under the stars.

This year’s event includes collaborations including bringing Branford Marsalis back together with Dead & Co. As if that wasn’t enough, legendary Led Zeppelin Drummer Jason Bonham will be sitting in with Umphrey’s McGee. According to the website, collaborations are a LOCKN’ tradition, and fans expect to see a lot of spontaneous joining.

Can’t make it to the festival? You can still catch the music live thanks to Ben & Jerry’s and Airstream at www.relix.com/live. 


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Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance Fall 2018 discount tickets end Friday, Aug. 17

If you, like me, are a fan of FloydFest, Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival and Front Porch Fest, you’ll love Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance.

Hosted by one of MerleFest’s fan favorites, Donna the Buffalo, Shakori has a similar vibe and similar artists to the aforementioned festivals. But if you live in or near the Triangle, it’s just a short drive to Shakori’s home in bucolic Chatham County.

And for music festival lovers, it offers not one but two chances to camp out and catch some great live music each year — one in the spring and one in the fall.

I had the pleasure of meeting up and hanging out with some of my fellow die-hard festivarians (yes, it’s a word) at the spring 2017 festival featuring some amazing sets by Rising Appalachia, Violet Bell, Dangermuffin, The Mastersons and Steve Earle and the Dukes, just to name a few.

But if you don’t want to take my word for it, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine named it among its Bests of the Fests of 2018.

And for $90, you can take advantage of the 2018 fall festival, Oct. 4-7, and its 50-plus acts including headliners Lettuce and, of course, Donna the Buffalo, as well as Ryan Mountbleau, Urban Soil and Shiloh Hill, among others.

But don’t wait. Tickets go up after Friday, Aug. 17, and before the rest of the acts are announced on Monday, Aug. 20.

In the meantime, catch some of the acts who presumably will be at Shakori this fall on “The Road to Shakori” tour.

 

 


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Yarn to play at Pop’s Farm on Friday, Aug. 10

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival favorite Yarn  will perform on Friday, Aug. 10,  at Pop’s Farm just outside Martinsville, Virginia.

The Brooklyn-based Americana/alt-country band will hit the Pine Grove Stage at 9 p.m.

Fans are invited to camp, eat, drink and dance. Deschutes Brewery beer will be on tap, plus wine and food from Hylton’s Wood Fired Grill. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the gate, and camping is just $10 per vehicle.

Outside coolers, lawn chairs, blankets etc are OK, but outside alcohol is not permitted.

Buy Tickets HERE.

Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Much like its name, the band Yarn weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage. Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Sat., Sept. 8th – Brewster Walk in uptown Martinsville – Click here for more details. Tix $30 GA // $55 VIP. Buy ’em here.

Fri., Sept. 28th – Kat Wright at Pop’s Farm – Click here for more details. Featuring opening band Propserity’s Folly. Tix $12/$15. Camping $10. Buy ’em here.

Sat., Oct. 27 – Skydog (a tribute to the Allman Brothers) at the Rives Theatre on Halloween weekend! Click here for more details. Tix $12/$15. Buy ’em here.
Sat., Nov. 10th – AJ Ghent at the Rives Theatre. Click here for more details. Tix $12/$15. Buy ’em here.

 


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Labor Day Weekend 2018 offers myriad music festival opportunities for fans in Virginia, North Carolina

Listen up music festival lovers: Labor Day Weekend 2018 has plenty of opportunities in North Carolina, Virginia and beyond. Continue reading