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Scythian, Forlorn Strangers to give Wide Open Bluegrass preview at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Saturday, July 15

If you can hardly wait for Sept. 26-30 and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass Festival and PNC’s Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival on Sept. 29-30 in downtown Raleigh that takes place during the IBMA event, you’re in luck.

You can catch two of the Wide Open Bluegrass acts — MerleFest favorite Celtic roots rockers Scythian and Nashville’s Forlorn Strangers — at a “Save the Date” party beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. This all-ages show will also serve as a CD Release Party for Scythian’s newest album, “Dance All Night.”

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Front Porch Fest 2017 announces initial lineup for Labor Day Weekend

Once again, Spirithaven Farm in Stuart, Virginia, will be filled with sweet sounds of music Labor Day weekend. The ninth Front Porch Fest will take place Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2017. This family-friendly weekend celebrates music and art on the front porch to the Blue Ridge mountains, thus the name.

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Carolina Roots MusicFest celebrates second annual event with The Black Lillies, Time Sawyer on May 19-20 in Statesville

Carolina Roots MusicFest is a two-day celebration of diverse music styles performed by outstanding national, regional and local performers including The Black Lillies, The Waydown Wanderers, Forlorn Strangers, The Ragbirds, Time Sawyer, Josh Daniel / Mark Schimick Project, Amigos, Cordovas, The Broad Pickups and Coddle Creek.

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