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May
18
Fri
Freight Train Blues – Cool John Ferguson & Pee Wee Hayes @ Carrboro Town Commons
May 18 @ 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! Cool John Ferguson is a self-taught electric guitarist born in the Sea Islands of South Carolina. A frequent performer at blues festivals around the world, Cool John was named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine two years straight. Veteran Chicago blues guitarist and singer Pee Wee Hayes was born in Alamo, Tennessee and relocated with his family to Racine, Wisconsin as a child. Seasoned in the roadhouses of Wisconsin and northern Illinois, Pee Wee embodies the vibrancy, connectivity, and migration of southern roots music across the nation.

May
25
Fri
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.

Jun
1
Fri
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.

Jun
8
Fri
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.