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Aug
30
Thu
Wild World @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A singer/songwriter showcase featuring some of the most talented musicians in the area.

Sep
1
Sat
ProgDay International Rock Festival @ Storybook Farm
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day

ProgDay is an annual outdoor festival of progressive music featuring artists from all over the world. Some bands have come from as close as North Carolina, and others from as far away as Sweden, Italy, Venezuela and Indonesia. ProgDay has been held every year since it’s birth in 1995, making it the longest running progressive rock event in the world.

Tickets will be sold at the gate/door on the day of the show subject to availability. Payment by credit card on the day of the show is not an option at Storybook Farm. Weekend and Patron Passes will be available for advance sale on our website. Single Day Passes will not.

Sep
8
Sat
Black Umfolosi @ The ArtsCenter
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm

Founded in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and named after their ancestral homeland along the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa, Black Umfolosi combines spectacular acapella harmonies and exuberant dance into a spirited and engaging whole. Intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping blend with brilliant choreography and traditional Gumboot Dances of the South African mining regions in an energetic showcase of their musical heritage.

Sep
13
Thu
Austin Piazzolla Quintet @ The ArtsCenter
Sep 13 all-day

Nuevo Tango comes to The ArtsCenter! Founded by James Anderson (violin), the APQ has been performing and recording since 2009, building a reputation as one of North America’s leading interpreters of the Argentinean tango tradition. With Jonathan Geer (piano), Ben Thomas (bandoneon), Tony Rogers (cello), and Phil Spencer (bass), the band continues the tradition of nuevo tango through intense live shows which feature unique arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s groundbreaking works, breathtaking original compositions, and fiery improvisation.

Sep
15
Sat
FREE Concert by the Coconut Groove Band! @ Meadowmont Gazebo/Playground
Sep 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come out and enjoy the Coconut Groove Band, playing all those great sing-a-long, rock-n-roll tunes you know and love! Bring your friends and family, a chair and a blanket, and end the summer with a rock-n-rollin’ good time! While you are enjoying great music, grab some great food for dinner from the El Molcajete food truck that will be parked on site, serving up delicious, authentic Mexican food from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm! FREE parking! Fun for the whole family!

Sep
20
Thu
The Orange Constant and Atlas Road Crew @ Local 506
Sep 20 all-day

Formed in the college bars of Statesboro, Ga. in 2012 and transplanted to the music mecca of Athens, The Orange Constant blends the organic charm of southern psychedelia, heartfelt narrative and progressive composition with a spontaneous yet pop-like sensibility.

South Carolina rock ‘n’ roll shot with southern soul accents. Formed in fall of 2011, Atlas Road Crew is rapidly building one of the most loyal fan bases on the East Coast, packing venues to capacity from South Carolina to New York City, and expanding rapidly to major US cities in between.

Sep
22
Sat
Nutcracker Auditions (8-10 yr olds) @ Triangle Youth Ballet (Auditions held at Durham Arts Council)
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

For Serious Young Ballet Dancers ages 8-10. Please know that if cast, all rehearsals are mandatory.

Nutcracker Auditions (11-18 yr olds) @ Triangle Youth Ballet (Audition held at Durham Arts Council)
Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Nutcracker auditions for serious young dancers ages 11-18. Please know that if cast, all rehearsals are mandatory.

Leo Kottke @ The ArtsCenter
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm

Acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, raised in 12 different states, and flirted with both violin and trombone before settling on the guitar. After his discharge from the Navy in 1964, Kottke relocated to the Twin Cities and became a fixture at the Scholar Coffeehouse, home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner, releasing his debut LP Twelve String Blues on the Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label. A deal with guitarist John Fahey’s Takoma label soon followed and led to the release of what has become known to fans around the world as “the Armadillo record.” Several celebrated albums and two Grammy nominations later, Kottke continues to delight audiences the world over with his dexterous finger-style playing and wry storytelling.

“Hey Guys!” NYC Comedy Tour @ PIT Chapel Hill
Sep 22 @ 9:30 pm

“Hey Guys!” Comedy Tour is coming to Chapel Hill!

Once a month comedian Will Abeles invites one of New York’s best comics to perform a new half-hour following some of the country’s top up-and-coming comedians at his monthly show “Hey Guys!”. Past guests have been seen on Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and festivals all across the country. On Saturday September 22nd, Will’s bringing these comics to North Carolina!

Joining Will will be headliner Yedoye Travis (Late Show, Comedy Central), comedian Gabriel Pacheco (Eat, Pray, Judge Podcast), Sam Mazany, Mark Brady and more!

Tickets are $15, but get 20% off with your UNC or Duke ID card!

About the headliner:
Yedoye Travis is a stand up comedian, writer, and actor from Atlanta, GA. In 2017 he was named a New Face at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival, during which he opened for W. Kamau Bell and taped for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. He has since appeared on Search Party, Comedy Central, and Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and contributed content for MTV. He has also performed at Bridgetown Comedy festival and appeared on the fourth season of Coming to the Stage. His debut album, OK, produced by Comedy Dynamics, was released on January 12th, 2018.

Sep
23
Sun
Exploring Rhythms of Africa &The Americas – Mini performance, stories and jam session with drums – “ALL YOU CAN BEAT! @ Silent Dayze Studio
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm

May I see your passport please ~.* … This workshop will be a musical journey through 2 continents and several Islands. It will begin with Alex sampling each drum. Explaining it’s origin and sharing a popular rhythm for each drum or percussion instrument. This section will be enhanced by some of Alex’s personal travel stories and experiences with musicians from Africa to Haiti. The drums include: talking drum, djembe, dun nun, Kenkeni, dumbek, Moroccan drums, conga, bongos, bass drum and a wide array of percussion instruments. Short break for coconut water, fruit & nuts… The next part will be hands on, as we form a drum circle and begin sampling some rhythms and the language of the drum. This class is open to everyone, no experience is necessary, but more experienced drummers are welcome too. Anyone who knows a traditional song or rhythm is encourage to share. Alex & the tri-lingual congera Li-Lan can provide the foundation and rhythmic structure to explore through. Alex will also provide context by playing some of the songs on flute or cornet that go with the rhythms, like: Samba, cumbia, calypso… This experience can be outdoors, weather permitting.

Oct
6
Sat
Lee Konitz @ The ArtsCenter
Oct 6 all-day

Legendary saxophonist and 2009 NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz brings his quartet to The ArtsCenter for a rare North Carolina appearance. Since defining the “West Coast Cool” sound in his work with Miles Davis, Lennie Tristano, and Stan Kenton, Lee Konitz has spent more than a half-century refining his interpretations of the Great American Songbook. At 90 years old, he remains one of the most original and innovative voices in jazz, making this show a must-see for anyone invested in the past, present, and future of the art of jazz improvisation.

Oct
14
Sun
Hillsborough Handmade Parade @ Downtown Hillsborough
Oct 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Hillsborough Handmade Parade is a grassroots community participatory celebration sponsored and organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council. This Mardi Gras style street parade is completely created by the community and includes wild costumes, giant puppets, stilt-walkers, marching bands and much more creating a spectacle of art, creativity, and public theater and music.

This year’s theme is “Magical Menagerie on the Eno.” The parade will begin at 2:30 pm at the Town Hall at 101 East Orange Street and end with a Grande Finale with drumming and food at the Farmers Market Pavilion.

Oct
27
Sat
River Park Concert @ River Park
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 7:30 pm

The River Park Concert is a volunteer-driven, grassroots FREE outdoor music event made possible through the cooperation, coordination and support of many local civic, corporate and private entities and is brought to you by the Hillsborough Arts Council. This year’s headlining band is the Wood Brothers.

Nov
9
Fri
Steep Canyon Rangers @ UNC's Memorial Hall
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm

North Carolina’s own Steep Canyon Rangers return with their straight-ahead bluegrass,
which devotes its virtuosity to original songs and adds original twists to traditional music with
unforgettable country-pop and singer-songwriter sensibilities.

Dec
11
Tue
Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ UNC's Memorial Hall
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm

The tradition continues. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and an all-star roster of guest vocalists celebrate holiday standards in new and traditional arrangements of Yuletide favorites. The Big Band Holidays concert is perfect for jazz lovers and families alike.