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Freight Train Blues – Ernie Vincent & Guitar Lightnin’ Lee @ Carrboro Town Commons
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Recreation & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer and community in the heart of Carrboro! Ernie Vincent is a quintessentially New Orleans musician, deftly fusing funk, soul, blues and pop into a wildly appealing style honed on the party scene of Bourbon Street. Hailing from New Orleans, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee has created a supercharged, blown-out style of New Orleans rock and roll and blues, with a raw and strutting edge.

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts at Tweetsie Railroad @ Tweetsie Railroad
May 26 all-day

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts enlivens old-time music with a new time jolt and a sound that is full, driving and energetic. Shows are at noon and 3:00 pm.
Sponsored by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

Mary Lattimore with Al Riggs @ The ArtsCenter
May 26 all-day

Mary Lattimore is a Los Angeles-based harpist. She experiments with effects through her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand pedal harp, concocting half-structured improvisations which can include both ambient glitter and unsettling noise. Her first solo record, the Withdrawing Room, was released on Desire Path Recordings in 2014. The solo recordings that followed, At the Dam and Collected Pieces, were released by Ghostly International.

Mary has also recorded synth + harp duo projects with Elysse Thebner Miller (And the Birds Flew Overhead) and Jeff Zeigler (Slant of Light) and has co-written reimagined scores for the 1968 experimental silent film Le Revelateur, directed by Philippe Garrel (who approved of the project), and the Czech New Wave classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, and performed these scores live throughout the US with Jeff Zeigler and the Valerie Project, respectively. She has contributed and written harp parts for such artists as Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Meg Baird, Steve Gunn, the Clientele, Hop Along, Jarvis Cocker, Karen Elson, Ed Askew and Quilt.

Ghostly International will release her third solo record in late spring of 2018.

MALLARMÉ SERIES CONCERT 5 Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba meet Mallarmé @ Motorco Music Hall
May 30 @ 7:30 pm

The Mallarmé Chamber Players is proud to announce our next 2017-18 Series concert, in collaboration with Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba. Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory
Diali Cissokho – kora; Jonathan Henderson – bass
Austin McCall – drums; Will Ridenour – percussion
John Westmoreland – guitar; Shana Tucker – vocals
Elizabeth Phelps and Leah Peroutka – violin
Suzanne Rousso – viola
Rosalind Leavell – cello

Music of Diali Cissokho, J. S. Bach, Jonathan Henderson, John Westmoreland and Fodé Lassana Diabaté’s string quartet “Sunjata’s Time”. Hear it performed by the Kronos Quartet.

FREE CONCERT by SMILE the Band! @ Meadowmont Gazebo/Playground
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come out Friday, June 1st and enjoy a free concert, featuring SMILE the Band, playing all those great tunes you know and love from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s! Bring your friends and family, a chair and a blanket, and kick-off the summer with a rock-n-rollin’ good time!
SMILE the Band, with Barry Herdon from The Party Nuts, is one of the best cover bands in the area. They provide music ranging from R&B, Motown, Disco, Funk, Classic & Modern Rock, Pop, Beach Classics, and Timeless Oldies. Singable, danceable, and thoroughly enjoyable for all audiences. Don’t miss this one!

FREE parking on site!

Please Note: In case of rain, call (919) 636-0598 or visit www.meadowmont.net/events for cancellation information.

Freight Train Blues – Eastern North Carolina Gospel Jubilee @ Carrboro Town Commons
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Recreation & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer and community in the heart of Carrboro! Eastern North Carolina is home to a thriving gospel tradition that has had both statewide and national influence. From quartet singing to sacred stride piano, gospel has been the backbone of many North Carolina communities. But get in the spirit and you can hear the driving, rhythmic styles that have shaped all popular music, from rock n roll, to blues, to hip hop. The Eastern North Carolina Gospel Jubilee features a lineup of gospel powerhouses, including The Glorifying Vines Sisters of Farmville, NC, James Barrett and the Golden Jubilees, Albert Harrison and the Gospel Tones, The Dedicated Men of Zion, and the Branchettes.

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band @ The Bullpen
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Russ Varnell plays both kinds of music – country AND western!

Strap on your boots and your rhinestone suit, and come out for some country music the way it was meant to be. If you drink enough beer, you just might think you’re in a real honky-tonk.

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Revue – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Jun 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Don’t miss soul singer Thomas Rhyant as he brings to life the music of legendary Sam Cooke.

With his tasteful guitar style and stunningly wide-ranging voice and enigmatic backing band, Rhyant brings joy to audiences while keeping the history of soul music alive.


As always, a portion of your tab goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support American roots music by directly partnering with the artists who make it.

La Pizza Di Pulcinella Cat Rescue Fundraiser @ Goathouse Refuge, Inc.
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rain or shine, enjoy live music, authentic Italian pizza baked in two outdoor wood-fired brick ovens, ceramics gallery & adoptable cats & kittens! Support the Goathouse Refuge cat rescue – a serene, cage-free cat rescue & beautiful gardens nestled in the woods of Pittsboro. Hear the Grammy-nominated MSG Blues Trio, Larry & the Musical Mebanaires of Mebanesville and Roddy Barnes. Proceeds rescue cats and kittens & provide medical care. No admission fee. $17 per pizza (16″ serves 4), $5 beer, tea/lemonade free. Family friendly! Reserve your pizza(s) by May 31, 7:00pm: pizza.at.goathouse.reservations@gmail.com or call 919-542-6815

Karla Bonoff @ The ArtsCenter
Jun 6 all-day

One of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation, Karla Bonoff was a songwriter by the age of fifteen, and by sixteen had recorded an 11-song demo with her sister. She formed the group Bryndle with fellow songwriters Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman and Andrew Gold, and gained notoriety when Linda Rondstadt recorded and performed several of her songs. Headlining tours and several critically acclaimed albums soon followed. Karla’s legacy as a writer and perseverance as a performer are spoken best in a Billboard Magazine review of Karla’s All My Life recording: “Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today.”

Freight Train Blues – Harvey Dalton Arnold & A.J. Ghent @ Carrboro Town Commons
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Rec & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer, and community in the heart of Carrboro! Harvey Dalton Arnold grew up in the eastern North Carolina town of Rose Hill, where the sounds of deep bluegrass, blues, and the black gospel tradition permeated his childhood. In 1976, Arnold joined the pioneering southern rock group The Outlaws, and played bass for them for nearly a decade. A.J. Ghent is a third-generation singer-songwriter and lap and pedal steel guitar player. Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida and currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Ghent comes from a legacy of famous lap steel guitar players, including great uncle Willie Eason, father Aubrey Ghent Sr. and grandfather Henry Nelson, the founder of the “Sacred Steel” rhythmic style that now reaches across the country.

The Atlanta Blues Revue @ The Bullpen
Jun 8 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Music Maker Blues Revue is an all-star band and a thriving musical institution. It was born in the early 1990s as a backing band for Guitar Gabriel and quickly became a power cell of Music Maker’s live presence. Each featured artist takes a turn in the spotlight, culminating in a fast-paced show with non-stop music. These players—all veterans whose resumes include work with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Homesick James and many others—provide the heartbeat for a rotating cast of Music Maker artists who perform with the Revue.

Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm

5:30-8:30pm: Classic Car Show– 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1959 Ford Galaxy Skyliner from Mark Jacobson Toyota Classic Car Museum
6:30-7:30pm: 50’s Sock Hop
7:30-8:30pm: GREASE Costume Contest– Bring your best Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Frenchy, Pink Lady, or Greaser self!
Dusk: Outdoor movie GREASE begins on the Village Green ($5.00 admission)

Bette Smith @ The Bullpen
Jun 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

“A major new voice in soul music… Brooklyn’s Bette Smith possesses a one of a kind voice, deeply drenched in hot soul of the nearly incendiary Southern type. That voice could rock the biggest of stages and move mountains if it had to… Smith is the sort of artist that you’ll find yourself following her whole career.”

Stephen Chopek in-store performance at Schoolkids Records @ Schoolkids Records
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm

Stephen Chopek is a songster from New Jersey, living in Memphis. He’s currently on tour supporting the release of his new single, “Radio Caroline”.

Stephen Chopek solo acoustic performance at 2nd Wind @ 2nd Wind
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm

Stephen Chopek is a songster from New Jersey, living in Memphis. He’s currently on tour supporting the release of his new single, “Radio Caroline”.

Sol Roots – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm

The Sol Roots Band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves and southern soul. Paying homage to the greats, and with a love of Universal Music as the guiding light, Sol steps out on a path with a powerful group of unique and talented musicians.

Creative Music Performance Student Band Album Release Show, 6/23/18 @ The Station
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Creative Music Performance (CMP), based in Carrboro, North Carolina, is a group-oriented music program for youth. The album release show for CMP’s 2018 session will be held at The Station in Carrboro, where the students will perform a set of music that they have rehearsed and recorded Nightsound Studios; joining them for this festive event are the awesome local bands AZULZ and Heat Preacher. In addition to celebrating the students’ recording, the profits from ticket sales for this event will go to TABLE. The event takes place on Saturday, June 23rd from 6 PM until 9:30 PM; tickets are available at the door for $10.

Music in the Meadow @ Great Meadow Park
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy the outdoors, kick back and relax with friends at Briar Chapel’s annual Music in the Meadow concert series in Great Meadow Park. With great live music by Push Play, delicious food and a bunch of your best buddies, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer evening. And why not make a day of it with our Resident for a Day program? Sign up to spend the whole day enjoying our trails, parks and pool, and then chill for the live music and food trucks that evening.

Cool John Ferguson – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Jun 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

You have to see Cool John Ferguson to believe it. The legendary Taj Mahal had this praise for Cool John: “He is among the five greatest guitarists in the world — he ranks with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt.”