Mark Morton Jr at Johnny’s @ Johnny's Gone Fishing
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Raised in Carrboro, North Carolina, Mark’s interest in music began at a young age. Formal lessons in guitar took him to high school where he found his first academic outlet in high school Jazz Lab. After 15 years of guitar performance, Mark found a passion for songwriting and singing. Having already played with premier artists such as Troy Roberts & Kenyon Carter, Mark’s intention is to bring the same ferocity of high caliber improvisation and the subtleness of songwriting into one entity designed to give the audience permanent stank face. He hopes you’ll join him.

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Bring Big Sound to Durham! @ The Blue Note Grill
Sep 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Alligator recording artists Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, whose new Alligator CD, THE BIG SOUND OF LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS, is set for September 23 release, will perform at The Blue Note Grill in Durham on Friday, September 23, 2016. Currently celebrating 27 history-making years together, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor’s edge. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil’ Ed Williams and his Blues Imperials — bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton — deliver gloriously riotous, rollicking and intensely emotional blues.

Robert Jackson and Alicia Best at Johnny’s @ Johnny's Gone Fishing
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A soulful folk singer, harmonica player and guitarist from Birmingham, UK: Robert Jackson sings songs of his life and travels from Bristol to San Francisco and all the long roads in between. His distinctive voice, vibrato harmonica and driving acoustic guitar combine with edgy and cultured songwriting of adventure, bitter romance and synchronicity. He is joined by hometown artist and fellow traveler Alicia Best as she adds harmonies and fiddle licks to the mix, harking back to old Appalachian ballads. The music will have you moving and the lyrics will take you away on a journey of your own.