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YEP ROC 20: Storied record label celebrates 20th anniversary with three nights of music in North Carolina on Oct. 19-21

From the good folks over at Yep Roc Records: 
The artist-driven label that proudly refuses to be labeled, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Yep Roc 20, a three-night concert blowout to be held October 19, 20 and 21, in Carrboro, North Carolina, and its new hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Brevard Music Center kicks off 81st season with performances by Sarah Siskind and Sunliner, Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs

Some of my favorite artists are part of the Brevard Music Center’s 81st season, which kicks off with an opening night performance of Beethoven 5, conducted by Brevard Music Center’s Artistic Director Keith Lockhart on Thursday, June 22.

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4th Annual Brevard Blues & BBQ Festival set for June 2-3

A precursor to the Brevard Music Center’s summer series, the Brevard Blues & BBQ Festival is a two-day event by 185 Productions on June 2 and 3 at BMC’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. The festival offers live blues music, craft vendors, food vendors and a barbecue cookoff. The festival begins at 5 p.m. June 2 and 2 p.m. June 3. Tickets are $25 for Friday-only, $35 for Saturday-only and $45 for the weekend. For more information, visit brevardbluesfestival.com.

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Second annual Jam in the Trees set for Aug. 25-26, 2017, at Pisgah Brewing

Americana fans, listen up: The second Annual Jam In The Trees will feature some of my favorite acts including Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Jeffrey Foucault, Front Country, Eilen Jewell, Cicada Rhythm, Zoe & Cloyd, The Infamous Stringsuters, Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose and Ken Tizzard.

Jam in the Trees is a two-day, Americana music-themed event that takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, 2017, on two stages — the Outdoor Stage and the Taproom Stage — at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Continue reading


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Carolina Blues Festival set for May 20 at Barber Park Amphitheater in Greensboro

Blues fans, listen up: The 31st annual Carolina Blues Festival is set for 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Barber Park Amphitheater, 1500 Dans Road, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A 10-pack of general admissions tickets are a bargain at $38.

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Mountain Faith Band’s literacy project an example of grass-roots initiative

This story was originally published as a Carolina Journal Exclusive.

Mountain Faith Band, which has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and Radio City Music Hall, wants to bring its unique blend of Americana/roots music to a school near you.

It’s all in the name of promoting literacy and writing, without government funding or related mandates.

The bluegrass, folk, and gospel family band from Sylva has been playing its unique brand of music since 2000. Named the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year, the group’s members are Summer McMahan, Brayden McMahan, Sam McMahan, Cory Piatt, and Nick Dauphinais.

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Yarn, Will Overman Band to perform Cinco de Mayo show at The Blind Tiger

I discovered two of my favorite bands — Yarn and Will Overman Band — at the annual Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival just outside Martinsville, Virginia. Rooster Walk 9 is set for May 25-28, 2017. Yarn, a perennial favorite will be there, but unfortunately, Will Overman Band will not. Rooster Walk needs to work on that for RW10.

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