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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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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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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


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Old Crow Medicine Show returns to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Sept. 20, 2018

Old Crow Medicine Show with special guest Dawes will play Cary, North Carolina’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Sept. 20, 2018. General Admission Lawn tickets are $35 and Reserved Seats and Reserved Table Seats are $40. Visit http://www.boothamphitheatre.com for more info.

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Tickets for 2018 Appaloosa Roots Music Festival featuring Mandolin Orange, Town Mountain are half price through April 30

Appaloosa Roots Music Festival  has announced the initial lineup for Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018, will include not one, but three, of my personal favorites — North Carolina-based Mandolin Orange, Town Mountain and Fireside Collective — thanks in part to a grant from the state of Virginia’s tourism folks, otherwise known as “Virginia is for Lovers.” Continue reading