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Boom Unit Brass Band Durham Bulls Opening Night @ The Bullpen
Apr 5 @ 8:30 pm

Celebrate opening night for the Bulls with the biggest, baddest, brassiest noise!
The Boom Unit Brass Band are a Durham-based NOLA-style brass band boasting some of the Triangle’s best musicians and biggest sounds. They keep it real with an old-school second-line repertoire updated with modern funk, rock, and pop hits.

Allie Capo – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 6 @ 8:30 pm

Allie Capo is a Raleigh/Durham-based R&B soul singer, songwriter, and style influencer. Capo is emerging as one of the smoothest and most sophisticated singers on the Triangle hip-hop/R&B scene.


*A portion of every bar tab goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation provide support for elder traditional roots musicians across the South!*

Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 7 @ 8:30 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.

Admission is free, and a portion every tab goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation to support roots music and the artists who make it!

John Dee Holeman w/ Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm

John Dee Holeman is a Piedmont blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and a locally-known buckdancer in earlier years. Holeman has been a highly visible performer of Piedmont blues, in the process meeting musical luminaries such as B. B. King and Lightnin’ Hopkins and recording with Mebane natives Joe and Odell Thompson, as well as with Cool John Ferguson and Taj Mahal.

As always, a portion of your tab at the Bullpen goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation support and sustain traditional American music by directly partnering with the elder artists who make it!

Cool John Ferguson – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 14 @ 8:30 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.

Che Apalache – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm

Che Apalache, which means “my Appalachian homeboy,” is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group is led by North Carolina native Joe Troop, who immigrated to Argentina in 2010. While making a name for himself in the local music scene, Joe made a living teaching bluegrass and oldtime. After a few years and numerous late night beers, he and his students had become picking buddies. As a band they have concocted a unique blend of Latin American and Appalachian music. Their debut album “Latingrass” is a respectfully crafted testament to how cultural exchange can yield authentic fusion.

Roy Roberts – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 21 @ 8:30 pm

Greensboro, NC’s Roy Roberts is the link between Memphis Soul and contemporary blues. Roberts is first and foremost a guitarist, having honed his chops backing soul singer Solomon Burke, Dee Clark, Eddie Floyd, and others. Like the great Otis Rush, much of Roberts’ best blues and ballads are driven by his minor-key songsmithing, which adds a smooth underlying darkness to his themes.

Dr. Bacon – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm

Dr. Bacon returns to the Bullpen for another funkadelic evening of infectiously danceable rock, funk, soul, blues, and hip-hop. Dr. Bacon are a force of nonstop funky energy.

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen’s Birthday Bash @ The Bullpen
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm

Come out and celebrate the blueswoman who’s been getting our mojo working at the Bullpen like no one else can. If you haven’t heard her sing yet… we don’t even know what to tell you. We’re sorry. Here’s your next chance!

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen puts on the best blues party in Durham. The unofficially crowned Queen of the Bullpen has all the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James, with her own dramatic flair and wicked humor. Miss her at your own risk.

Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
May 12 @ 8:30 pm

Time to get rowdy again! Grab your partner for the the Five Points Rounders and their Rowdy Square Dance.
The caller will show you the moves, so there’s no excuse not to dance!


*Remember, a portion of your tab at the Bullpen goes to the Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support and sustain American roots music!*

Alabama Slim – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
May 18 @ 8:30 pm

Alabama Slim grew up listening to old 78s of Bill Broonzy and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and learned to sing by following along with the work songs of old folks at his grandparents’ farm. He began playing music in juke joints around Huntsville, Alabama, until moving to New Orleans in the ’60s. Alabama Slim has performed extensively with his cousin, the great Little Freddie King, and together they recorded their album The Mighty Flood, chronicling their experiences in the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina.


*A portion of your tab at the Bullpen goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation support elder traditional roots musicians across the South*

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.