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Mar
2
Fri
Nee Ningy Band Album Release Show – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A band with a sound unlike any other, Nee Ningy presents an uncommon blend of American and European traditional tunes from blues, southern old time, and Cajun to Swedish walking music, Scottish reels, and the French bourrée.
Celebrating the release of their 2017 album “The Parlour Sessions.”

The Nee Ningys were big on the festival scene in the late 70’s and 80’s. With seemingly every sound and instrument on earth at their disposal (except guitar – no guitars!), they get called world music, corralling everything from Cajun to Appalachian music, Tex-Mex, and French and English folk songs into one joyful sound. But maybe we can just call them funk. It’s all just funky, dirty, down-to-earth, shout-it-out music, reaching into the gut of every culture and genre for that thing that makes you feel alive.

Mar
3
Sat
Lockdown – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Mar 3 @ 8:30 pm

Fronted by the powerful pipes of singer Taneka Clemons, Lockdown brings high-energy hip-shaking blues and soul straight from the heart of Durham.

Mar
9
Fri
Alexa Rose – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Mar 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Blue Ridge-based singer Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose evokes the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock-n-roll.

*Part of every tab at the Bullpen goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation sustain American roots music by directly supporting the artists who make it.*

Mar
24
Sat
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Mar 24 @ 8:30 pm

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen is an unstoppable force in the blues, channeling all the pathos and style of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James with her own sharp sense of humor, dramatic flair, and real-world outlook. To see Pat perform is to experience the power of the blues to talk back to trouble, celebrate life, and keep it moving no matter what, all while throwing the most fabulous party.