Make plans to be at the 2017 Rock the Ball Jan. 5, 2017! @ Lincoln Theatre
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm

You rocked the vote; now it’s time to rock the dance floor! Join the Junior League of Raleigh as they celebrate all that makes North Carolina great at the 2017 Rock the Ball concert on Thursday, January 5th at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. Featuring Chapel Hill-based Mipso, tickets are selling fast for this indie folk favorite—get yours today. Tickets are $35 in advance with proceeds benefiting the Junior League of Raleigh’s community programs. Purchase a Rock the Ball ticket and learn more about the North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball events at

Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio with Sue Wilson & Betsy Kraus @ St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The nationally acclaimed Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio of Baltimore, MD, along with local favorites Sue Wilson and Betsy Kraus, will perform in concert, 7pm at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 204 W Salisbury St, Pittsboro. Enjoy the captivating sounds of the hammered dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, English concertina, guitar and fiddles, with some vocals thrown in for good measure! This intimate concert will feature a re-imagining of Old-Time, Celtic, and World music. Acoustic jam session to follow the concert. For info or to reserve your seat, contact Sue at 919-542-5854 or; more details at

Robin and Linda Williams @ The ArtsCenter
Jan 13 all-day

With more than three decades of experience touring and performing classic country and gospel, as well as their extensive catalog of original songs, Robin and Linda Williams “shine like a diamond among rhinestones” in the world of contemporary Americana (David W. Johnson, The Boston Globe). Frequent appearances on programs like A Prairie Home Companion, The Grand Ole Opry, and Austin City Limits have won many admirers for their stirring live performances and heartfelt songwriting.

Urban Soil with Groove Fetish at Cats Cradle Back Room @ Cats Cradle Back Room
Jan 14 @ 9:00 pm

Urban Soil is focused on creating the best possible original music. The combination of all out, electrified, jam band inspired musical explorations and the more Americana, acoustic flavors makes Urban Soil truly unique. Sarah’s powerful voice is complex and thought provoking, while being strong and soulful at the same time. Eric and the rest of the band provide a tight, concise backdrop for her to fully explore the sonic space.

Hailing from the streets of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and tightly polished albums. They display the uncompromising energy that Urban Soil is consistent in delivering, and likewise exemplifies the band’s skillful-yet–visceral sound. They have the unique talent of transferring the energy of their live shows on to their studio recordings, resulting in an electrifying experience with every listen.
Influenced by early roots elements, Urban Soil uniquely fuses those sounds with a fresh take, delivering a blend of raw, nostalgic foundations with a modern and glistening slant.

Front-woman Sarah Reinke brings her old-soul vocals to the stage and studio with passionate style. Rounding out her talents on guitar and washboard, Reinke pulls you in instantly. Guitarist and vocalist, Eric Chesson delivers forceful and driving components with every lick, and offers steadfast vocals. Greg Meckley’s skillful violin and mandolin playing blends tight layers and bright sounds that solidify the band smoothly against driving guitars. Holding down the rhythm section, Scott Lewis and David Connors provide a concrete foundation on drums and bass respectively.

The Cedric Burnside Project @ The ArtsCenter
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm

As the grandson of legendary North Mississippi Hill Country Blues musician R.L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside has been playing drums and singing the blues his entire life. He began touring with his grandfather at the age of 13 and continues spreading the Hill Country tradition across the world. Cedric is joined by Trenton Ayers, son of “Little Joe” Ayers, on guitar. Their album, Descendants of Hill Country, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Blues Album of the Year in 2016.

John Scofield @ The ArtsCenter
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

John Scofield will be accompanied by Bill Stewart, Vicente Archer, and 2015 winner of the American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, Sullivan Fortner.

Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. An artist with fan bases in many camps and 40 plus recordings to his credit, he has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music, jam band style and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. With multiple Grammy nominations and named an Officier dans L’Ordre des Arts and Lettres by France, Scofield tours the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups.

2016 will draw him into yet another conceptual territory, bringing his lifelong love of American Country music out of his toolbox to share with his jazz audiences in his “Country For Old Men” project, Scofield approaches classic country melodies. In Scofield’s words, “We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into Jazz vehicles. Rather than go to Nashville and record with ‘real’ country players in a country style, I’m joining forces with my jazz cronies to play the songs with our jazz approach. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved Country music and am super excited to put my treatment of them into play.” Sco and company will sculpt jazz renditions of classic tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page and even Shania Twain to name a few!

Lucy Kaplansky @ The ArtsCenter
Feb 11 all-day

After cutting her teeth singing in Chicago bars, Lucy Kaplansky left behind a promising career in music to pursue a degree in psychology and work with mentally ill adults. The musical friendships she had built, however, continued to pull her back into the studio, where she recorded several much-lauded projects with an impressive cast of collaborators. She returns to The ArtsCenter to share her poignant, emotional songwriting and celebrated voice.

All Ages Hardcore-Punk Show featuring CRO-MAGS/FIRE & ICE/more @ Local 506
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 12 @ 12:00 am

FIRE & ICE – Reaper Records
SOCIETY SUCKER – NC heavy hardcore
RED VISION – Richmond new blood

Doors at 8pm/Show at 9pm
$18 Presale
$20 Day-of

Presale Tickets Available at


Alash @ The ArtsCenter
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Masters of Tuvan throat singing, Alash combine their mastery of traditional technique with modern influences, western instruments, and contemporary song forms. They have worked with distinguished collaborators including the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and won a Grammy for their joint effort with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Banda Magda @ The ArtsCenter
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.

Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album “Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore “Yerakina”, Banda Magda is producing their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor “Tigre” to be released in 2017.

After the success of their brilliantly colorful debut album, Amour, t’es là? (Top 10 Billboard World Music Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013), the Banda is back with Yerakina (on Ropeadope/groundUP; release: September 2014). The album, co-produced by GRAMMY Award-winners Michael League (Snarky Puppy) and Fab Dupont (Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bebel Gilberto), shows the next step in the Banda’s devotion to their craft and their sound, featuring Technicolor folk songs and pop chestnuts played with dynamic finesse.

On stage, TIGRE is tranformed into a high-energy musical celebration that flows effortlessly from the close friendship of some of New York’s best. Andres Rotmistrovsky on bass (Marta Gomez), Ignacio Hernandez on guitar (Gregorio Uribe Big Band) as well as percussionists Marcelo Woloski and Keita Ogawa, guitarist Chris McQueen and keyboardist/trumpetist Justin Stanton, who are regular members of the multiple Grammy Award Winning group, Snarky Puppy. Under the unique direction of bandleader, vocalist and composer Magda Giannikou (Louis CK, Kronos Quartet), the experience transcends your typical concert and peeks into theatre and storytelling joined by vigorous audience participation that seeks to break down walls between seat and stage, forming even stronger bonds between fan and artist.

Samedi Gras @ The Pinhook
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm

Samedi Gras: Fat Saturday, the Saturday before the big event! This year we’re bringing a party where you can test drive costumes, wear backup outfits or come as you are. The Chit Nasty Band and The Rissi Palmer Band will make you get your boogie on – it’s all about making Mardi Gras excitement with a night of live music, dancing, and all around fun. Tickets will help fund a free Mardi Gras Night on Tuesday, February 28th. Big thanks to Sonic Pie Productions and Abita Brewing for everything they do.

Durham Mardi Gars @ Major the Bull on the Plaza
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm

A parade will begin the night, then live entertainment featuring The Sunday Special, Curtis Eller’s American Circus and Lakota John at the usual hot spots: Motorco, The Blue Note Grill, The Pit, Fullsteam and The Bar Durham. The parade has no entry fee and the live entertainment has no cover charges – all of you have been generous, so the party goes on…for free! Big thanks to Sonic Pie Productions and Abita Brewing for everything they do.

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal @ The ArtsCenter
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrated Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko, alongside French cellist Vincent Ségal, have created a unique hybrid musical style that bridges the worlds of traditional West African and European Baroque music. Their fluid, danceable collaborations have won them admirers and acclaim the world over.

Cantari presents “Music by Dan Locklair” @ Chapel of the Cross
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Cantari, the Voices Ensemble is pleased to announce its spring program “Music by Dan Locklair”, featuring two works by the highly acclaimed composer from North Carolina. “A DuBose Heyward Triptych” portraying the city of Charleston, SC, with its coastal beauty and Civil War history, and “Requiem,” a lovely, serene setting accompanied by organist Matthew Brown.

Dan Locklair, a native of Charlotte, NC, is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Paula, will be attending Cantari’s performance in March.

Gary Stroutsos @ The ArtsCenter
Mar 12 all-day

GARY STROUTSOS’ live performances have captivated audiences around the world. His meditative flute music and time-honored stories evoke the lands and cultures that he has studied over the course of his 35-year career. Gary’s mission is to carry the music forward to future generations and to promote stewardship of diverse cultures and the natural environment. Gary’s unique musical style and use of humor transcends human differences in age and culture, connecting audiences in a shared contemplative space that transport listeners to a spirit of place.

“I cannot imagine trying to come to terms with the history of this complicated country I have chosen to make my life’s work without Gary’s exquisite mastery and understanding of its many varied musical traditions. We don’t leave home without him.”
— Ken Burns, Florentine Films