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Bill Frisell: HARMONY featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts & Luke Bergman @ The ArtsCenter
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm

Bill Frisell – guitar
Petra Haden – voice
Hank Roberts – voice, cello
Luke Bergman – voice, baritone guitar

the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.
“four-part harmony in the barbershop style”
synonyms: euphony, polyphony; More
agreement or concord.
“man and machine in perfect harmony”
synonyms: accord, agreement, peace, peacefulness, amity, amicability, friendship, fellowship, cooperation, understanding, consensus, unity, sympathy, rapport, like-mindedness.

Bill Frisell, one of the most sought-after innovators in contemporary guitar music, has convened a new ensemble consisting of acclaimed vocalist Petra Haden, cellist Hank Roberts, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Bergman to perform HARMONY, a sprawling and evocative trip through the landscape of American music of the last century. Interspersing re-arranged traditionals and popular favorites such as “Oh Shenandoah” and Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” with instrumentals reminiscent of Frisell’s work on his own Big Sur (2013), HARMONY links the past, present and future of American roots music.

“It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell.” – The New York Times

• Bill Frisell Website: http://billfrisell.com/whenyouwishuponastar/

FREE Concert by CHARLIE! @ Meadowmont Gazebo
Sep 16 all-day

The Charlie Band, a fantastic, soulful cover band based in North Carolina, is back by popular demand! It is rare to find so much musical talent packed onto one stage! Relax on the gazebo lawn and keep the summer evening fun going! Bring your friends and family, a chair and blanket, and enjoy dinner from The Only Burgers Food Truck! FREE parking on site!

CenterFest Arts Festival @ Downtown Durham, NC
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm

2017 CenterFest Arts Festival
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th
Times: Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Durham, Triangle Area, North Carolina
Presenter: Durham Arts Council, www.durhamarts.org
Contact: centerfest@durhamarts.org

Now in its 43rd year, CenterFest 2017 will be the largest arts and community festival in Durham and the longest-running street arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham’s historic city center, CenterFest showcases 145 juried visual artists from across the U.S. and 600 performing artists from North Carolina, plus great food, continuous music and entertainment on five stages, fun, educational activities for kids and families and a showcase of services provided by government departments and community nonprofits. 2017 features include a beer garden, new Emerging Artists showcase and new Saturday evening entertainment. Mark your calendars for September 16-17! Updates available at www.centerfest.durhamarts.org.

Gazebo Shows @ Meadowmont Gazebo
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Charlie Band (Motown Music) – Meadowmont Gazebo – 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Food Truck: Only Burgers – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Live Music: String Beings @ Roost Beer Garden
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Roost, our seasonal beer garden, for live music on the porch, local  beer on tap, wine by the glass and artisan wood-fired pizza! Pull up a chair around the water fountain or under large oaks, and enjoy good weather and good company.
String Beings will be providing live music on the front porch rain or shine. The Goat will serve as a safe haven for musicians and listeners in case of inclement weather.

FREE Outdoor Concert on the Southern Village Green with The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra @ Southern Village Green
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra
No cover charge

Since 1990, The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra has played for thousands of jazz enthusiasts around North Carolina at schools, artscenters, festivals, dances and more. More than 35 guest artists have performed at the Jazz Society’s Temple Theatre series in Sanford. In 2002, the Orchestra’s book had over 240 tunes and their catalogue has grown since then. The book includes a carefully considered repertoire of pieces that reflect a wide range of Big Band jazz styles and arrangements. Included are classics such as ‘Two O’clock Jump’, ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’, and ‘Frenesi’, as well as many ballads such as ‘The Nearness of You’, ‘Imagination’ and ‘September Song’. That’s a far cry from the 10 or so tunes in the book at their first Fearrington Fall Fling where they had to play pieces twice and some thrice to fill the time!

Concerts on the Village Green are sponsored by Hyatt Place-Chapel Hill in Southern Village!

VÉRITÉ @ Local 506
Sep 20 all-day

VÉRITÉ @ Local 506

Critter Carnival @ Southern Community Park
Sep 23 all-day

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the inaugural Critter Carnival (formerly Furry Friends Festival) will be held at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill, NC to raise awareness and funds for numerous local animal rescue and rehabilitation charities. From Noon to 7:30pm a wide variety of first-rate rock, bluegrass and jazz bands will perform alongside amazing aerial silk artists, hula hoopers, sideshow freaks and more. Admission is FREE!

Musical acts:
(See band bios & videos here)

Circus acts:
Adam Dipert’s Object Manipulation
The Creep & Cheetah SideShow
Mari Kearns
and many more to be announced!

We’ll have treats from Maple View Mobile ice cream and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, arts and crafts vendors including henna and a digital photo booth, and a silent auction for a wide variety of great items.

The beneficiaries of this year’s festival are numerous animal-related charities in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs, cats, wildlife, farm animals and exotic animals. They include All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas (ABARC), Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE), Hope Animal Rescue, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Robinshood Wildlife Rescue, and Wildlife Welfare, with many more to be announced.

Celebrate Southern Village! Hosted by Your Children’s Champions @ Southern Village Green
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a FUN and FREE family event hosted by the merchants in Southern Village that care for and support children in our community: Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic, Chapel Hill Day Care Center, Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, The Tumble Gym, and Village Pediatrics!

The event will be filled with bounce houses, face painting, balloon twisting, dancing, musicians, fairy hair and henna tattoos by Rishi Salon, Jeff the Alpaca from 1870 Farm, a magic show and much more!

Dulcimer Jam at Alamance Battleground @ Alamance Battleground State Historic Site
Sep 23 @ 10:15 am

The Appalachian dulcimer is an instrument with it’s roots in the early 19th century. The Cane Creek, Hawfields and Chapel Hill dulcimer groups will host it’s first annual “Dulcimer Jam” at Alamance Battleground on September 23rd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring chairs, stretch out on a blanket, bring a picnic lunch, and listen as they play authentic folk music.

Live Music: Sheila Fleming @ Roost Beer Garden
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at Roost, our seasonal beer garden, for live music on the porch, local  beer on tap, wine by the glass and artisanal wood-fired pizza! Pull up a chair around the water fountain or under large oaks, and enjoy good weather and good company.
Sheila Fleming will be providing live music on the front porch rain or shine. The Goat will serve as a safe haven for musicians and listeners in case of inclement weather.

Live Music: Alexa Carter @ Roost Beer Garden
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Roost, our seasonal beer garden, for live music on the porch, local  beer on tap, wine by the glass and artisan wood-fired pizza! Pull up a chair around the water fountain or under large oaks, and enjoy good weather and good company.
Alexa Carter will be providing live music on the front porch rain or shine. The Goat will serve as a safe haven for musicians and listeners in case of inclement weather.

Together Pangea at Cat’s Cradle @ Cat's Cradle
Sep 27 all-day

About Together Pangea:
On their latest full-length album and first for Nettwerk, Bulls and Roosters, Together Pangea managed to hit a sweet spot between writing rock ‘n’ roll songs worthy of being hummed twenty years from now and maintaining the brash and ballsy bite fans know and love. Since they began jamming back in William’s Santa Clarita bedroom, Together Pangea have continually challenged themselves with each subsequent offering. Jelly Jam [2010] poured the gasoline, Living Dummy [2011] struck the match, and Badillac [2014] lit the fire with its revved up nineties rock-inspired flames. Along the way, fan favorites like “Sick Shit,” “Badillac,” and “Offer” would rack up millions of Spotify streams. “Snakedog” became a plot point in a bonkers episode of NCIS and “Sick Shit” soundtracked a trailer for HBO’s Animals, while the group received support from Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, MTV, Stereogum, and more. Following the 2015 release of The Phage EP, produced by The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson, the boys independently embarked on the journey to what would become Bulls and Roosters. Now it represents their growth as a tried-and-true rock band with just the right amount of “brattiness,” as they like to say.

Mykki Blanco with ZenSoFly @ The ArtsCenter
Sep 28 all-day

Co-presented with the National Humanities Center
Read more about “North Carolina: The New American Heartland” at

North Carolina: The New American Heartland, Sept 27-29, 2017

Raise Up (Hip-Hop Beyond Binaries)
Any discussion of contemporary vernacular music—and the music of protest and identity politics—must highlight hip-hop, the most widely influential and impactful genre of the last three decades. In terms of hip-hop credentials, North Carolina historically has not been as loudly lauded as some other Southern states, but the state’s profile in rising dramatically. In many cases, hip-hops artists are at the vanguard of advancing the legacy of the state’s world-renowned soul, jazz, and protest music traditions. With their challenging and innovative work, the two musicians represented in this program push aggressively and artfully against the hip-hop’s traditional genre expectations in terms of sonics, identity, lyrical content, and style.

Mykki Blanco
American performing artist Mykki Blanco grew up bouncing between San Mateo, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina. He moved to New York City at the age of 16 and once there, he discovered and embraced the transgender lifestyle. After a stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, Blanco moved back to N.Y.C. and began to write, publishing a book of poems From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys in 2011. Looking to bring some art to the mainstream, Blanco began to perform crushing industrial rock under the name No Fear, and glamorous riot grrrl rap under the name Mykki Blanco. In 2012, Mykki made a grand entrance with the Mykki Blanco & the Mutant Angels EP, featuring cuts like “Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me a Perm)” and “Gay Dog.” Dubbed “Hip-Hop’s New Queen” by Elle magazine’s blog, Blanco joined Death Grips on tour, opening for the avant hip-hop group on its late 2012 tour of America. The mixtape Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss arrived at the end of the year, while the EP Betty Rubble: The Initiation followed in 2013. In January of 2015, Blanco formed the DOGFOOD Music Group label in partnership with !K7. Their initial release was Mykki Blanco Presents C-Ore, a compilation issued in September of 2015. Blanco next issued a Woodkid-produced single, “High School Never Ends,” in May of 2016, which preceded his debut album, Mykki, which saw release in September of the same year.

“Mykki Blanco is the most compelling rapper of his generation” – i-D

Hailed by the Indy Week as an “upstart Raleigh club charmer and image guru,” ZenSoFly is a thunderous performer of playfully buoyant music. At times a soothing lead singer and at times a cold-blooded MC, Zen worked as a DJ, producer and engineer while mentoring under the popular electronic group “Watch The Duck” before starting her career as a solo artist. The last year has seen the release of her first project Little Miss Perfect as well as performances at Hopscotch and Moogfest. Combining elements of house, rap, and electronic music, ZenSoFly makes music for people to dance to and feel.

Jake Xerxes Fussell & Nathan Bowles with House and Land and Trío Huracán Hidalguense @ The ArtsCenter
Sep 29 all-day

Co-presented with the National Humanities Center
Read more about “North Carolina: The New American Heartland” at

North Carolina: The New American Heartland, Sept 27-29, 2017

Roots Uprooted (North Americana String Bands in North Carolina)
From soul to jazz to indie rock, North Carolina is known internationally as a crucible of American vernacular music, and the traditions of string-based roots music, or “Americana”—a constellation of styles that encompasses old-time, string band, bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and country-rock—are among those that have most captivated the popular imagination, coming to represent the state’s composite musical identity. Likewise, the music of recent arrivals and immigrants has always been an important feature in the landscape of North Carolina music, and increasingly so as the demographics of the state change rapidly. These three acts represent a fascinating cross-section of string band music and its contemporary iterations and mutations within the firmament of Southern roots music, one portrait of “North Americana” in North Carolina.

Jake Xerxes Fussell and Nathan Bowles
As a teenager, Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell began playing and studying with elder musicians in the Chattahoochee Valley, apprenticing with Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant (“Georgia Buck”) and riding wild with Alabama bluesman, black rodeo rider, rye whiskey distiller, and master dowser George Daniel (“Rabbit on a Log”). Fussell’s self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles.

Nathan Bowles is a multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher living in the Piedmont of North Carolina. His work, both as an accomplished solo artist and as a sought-after ensemble player, explores the rugged country between the poles of Appalachian old-time traditions and ecstatic, minimalist drone.

This performance offers an exciting opportunity to witness a collaborative set by these two local luminaries.

House and Land
Multi-instrumentalists Sally Anne Morgan (of the Black Twig Pickers) and Sarah Louise Henson play haunting psychedelic Appalachian folk drone that invokes the rhododendron thickets, creeks and mountains of their local landscape in Western North Carolina. Their masterful use of drone, improvisation, minimalism and microtonality draws both from traditional Appalachian folk styles and modern classical composers and reflects their shared love of experimental music.

Trío Huracán Hidalguense
Son huasteco is a traditional string-band style—usually performed by trios of guitarra quinta huapanguera, Jarana huasteca, and violin—originating in La Huasteca, a region in east-central Mexico that includes the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Guanajuato. Its vibrant practice and contemporary influence now extends into North Carolina with groups such as Trío Huracán Hidalguense.

The Friday Crawl in Southern Village @ Southern Village
Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Last Fridays of the Month

Pazzo Chapel Hill, Weaver Street Market, Town Hall Grill and La Vita Dolce
Drink Specials, appetizer specials and small plates. Outdoor seating and live acoustic entertainment on some dates.

Parlor Concert with Tokyo Rosenthal @ The Whitmore Residence
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for the final parlor concert of the year on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm featuring Tokyo Rosenthal at the Whitmore residence, 125 W. Queen Street, Hillsborough. The cost of a ticket includes sales tax and a dessert reception.

In a career that started with the country rock boom, Rosenthal has honed his craft and “Rootsy/ Americana with a little blues thrown in” sound to perfection. His move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina allowed him to team up in the studio with the famed producer and recording star Chris Stamey.

Rosenthal made his reputation while living in Rhode Island, New York, and Los Angeles. He headed such groups as the legendary Harpo and Slapshot and Treo Gato as well as solo endeavors. This has helped him receive radio airplay in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Europe. While content to let the critics compare his style to others, Tokyo doesn’t hesitate to point out his influences, who include The Band, The Byrds, The Indigo Girls, Gene Clark, Emmylou Harris, and Janis Joplin.

Masters of Cajun Accordion Festival (presented by UNC Library’s Southern Folklife Collection) @ The ArtsCenter
Oct 1 all-day

5:30pm Reception, Nicholson Gallery/Lobby

6:00pm Lecture: Barry Jean Ancelet (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), West End Theater

7:30pm Concert: Jo-El Sonnier with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Earl & Rhoda Wynn Theater

Concert is ticketed. Reception and lecture are free and open to the public. CD/LP bundles include a copy of the record Swampland Jewels.

Presented by the Southern Folklife Collection and the Friends of the Library.

For more information contact Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, liza_terll@unc.edu (919) 548-1203


Festifall @ Downtown Chapel Hill
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Chapel Hill’s 45th annual Festifall Arts Festival will provide a unique opportunity for the community, art enthusiasts and artists to interact. A vibrant market of handmade artworks along with live performances presents a day of discovery for the festival’s attendees as they engage with the local art community. Historic West Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill provides a beautiful backdrop to our celebration of arts and culture. Check our website for more information. http://www.chapelhillfestifall.com/

Luke Elliot at Local 506 @ Local 506
Oct 4 @ 9:00 pm

With origins as a New Jersey rock and roller, Luke Elliot has steadily proven that he is a force to be reckoned with in an international musical landscape. His packed live performances, alluring voice, and evocative writing suggest that his presence is permanent.
Just over one year ago, Elliot was writing and playing his music live while working a sales job outside Princeton, New Jersey. In one year’s time, Luke’s life and musical career has taken a dramatic upward turn that now finds him looking out over crowds of more than 1,500 screaming fans in Oslo, Norway. (See video depicting the first tour by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W837jjbrEM). Recently, he was named one of the top five new artists by Tidal, the innovative streaming service now owned by artists Jay Z, Jack White, Rihanna, Madonna and others (http://read.tidal.com/article/tidal-rising-2015/).
Elliot released his debut EP, Death of a Widow, through Yerbird Records in 2010. The EP gained him a dedicated fan base that followed him through a circuit of venues across the Northeastern United States. The music, comprised of an eclectic mix of genres and themes, gained him critical regional acclaim. Playing in New York’s Lower East Side, Elliot and his band quickly made their way from the small bar scene to some of New York’s more popular venues, from the Mercury Lounge to Webster Hall. He began headlining major Philadelphia venues such as North Star and World Cafe Live.
In 2011, Luke was approached by director Paul Cantagallo to compose the music for a new film, Benny the Bum. Writing the title song for the film brought more regional attention when the film won Best Local Film at the 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
As Luke was finishing his second EP, Provisions, he gained the attention of New York based manager, Christa Shaub (former manager of Rihanna) in late 2013. Shaub inspired Luke to uproot his life, move to New York City and make his artist career a full time dedication. In the months following, Shaub & Elliot focused on artist development, branding & live performances.
With a busy tour schedule, Elliot began to garner additional media and public attention. American Songwriter, No Depression, The Deli, Popdose, The Examiner, and Aquarian Weekly featured praiseworthy reviews of Provisions. Elliot also began working with legendary producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile) on ideas for a new album.
In early 2014, Luke met the U.S. correspondent for VG, the leading Norwegian daily newspaper. Eirik Mosveen, who was also once the editor of historic rock monthly BEAT, saw the promise in Elliot’s music and began spreading the word in Norway. A few months later, with his passport stamped and Shaub strapped in the seat next to him, Elliot headed to Norway for a six show club tour. Joining forces with some of Norway’s most seasoned musicians, Elliot has lured audiences with his lyric narratives of hope and loss.
While on this first tour, Luke had the good fortune of playing in front of Norwegian rock legend and critic, Knut Schreiner who is best known throughout the rock world as a key member of Norwegian band Turbonegro. Schreiner was so blown away by what he heard that he immediately wrote a passionate review of the show that quickly went viral. Schreiner said that he had not heard anything as striking as Elliot and his band in two decades.
Elliot is working to make that claim true. Working with Agnello in Halden at the Athletic Sound studio, Elliot has just completed Dressed for the Occassion. The album was mastered at Abbey Road in London. The signature single, “Trouble,” releases April 10th, and the full album is set to debut in September, 2015.