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

You have to hear 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.”

Self-taught electric guitarist Cool John Ferguson was born in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, and his Gullah heritage and the gospel music of his upbringing inform his approach to the blues. A frequent performer at blues festivals around the world, Cool John was named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine two years straight.

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.*