Musings on folk, Americana, country, bluegrass and newgrass

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Violet Bell and Zoe & Cloyd to perform as part of Cary’s Marvelous Music Mainstage series on Friday, Nov. 8

Halloween may be over but fans of Americana music are in for a special treat as two talented duos — Violet Bell and Zoe & Cloyd — hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Cary Arts Center.

I first had the pleasure of hearing Violet Bell perform its original Americana tunes woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic and classical music at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival. On stage and in the studio, the energy and chemistry between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Learn more at


Zoe & Cloyd, who I first discovered at MerleFest, is made up of renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Together, they delight audiences with soaring harmonies and heartfelt songwriting, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal.

Zoe and Cloyd recently released their third album, “I Am Your Neighbor,” on Friday, Sept. 27, on Organic Records during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) annual event in downtown Raleigh.

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Tickets start at $23 and can be purchased online at ETix.

For more information, call (919) 462-2055 or visit Marvelous Music Series.

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Cary Live presents The Roosevelts, Koka Booth Amphitheatre presents Summerfest with legendary North Tower Band on Saturday, July 21

The Town of Cary is offering three live musical opportunities for fans of all ages and all kinds of genres on Saturday, July 21, 2018. And the cost ranges from free to $30. Continue reading

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Six String Presents Chris Rosser, Aaron Price at The Cary Theatre on July 21

Six String Presents Chris Rosser and Aaron Price at The Cary Theater at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Rosser has opened for John Mayer, Nickel Creek and won songwriting contests at MerleFest and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.  Aaron Price Music is a multi-instrumentalist from Asheville.

Tickets are $15 to $25.
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Six Strings Presents Michelle Malone, Jason Adamo at The Cary Theatre on Friday, March 6

You can catch roots rocker Michelle Malone and country hit singer-songwriter Jason Adamo at The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St., at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Tickets for the event, sponsored by Six String Presents, range from $15 to $25. Continue reading