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Jul
28
Sat
Eli Cook – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Jul 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Eli was born at the foot of the mountains of Virginia, and with no TV growing up he spent Saturday nights around the radio with local shows and Prairie Home Companion. He picked up the guitar at age 13 after watching his older brother play and began to teach himself.

He’s released seven albums since his 2007 debut, and his latest. “High Dollar Gospel” has received high marks, with the Atlanta Auditory Association writing:

“Raw scratchy soaked vocals give the songs texture, traditional blues riffs provide a familiarity and songs about lost love, bad decisions and the never-ending struggle between good and evil are nothing new. However, once you play it, again and again, the songs begin to open up to expose layer upon layer of sound and lyrical details that are hidden within Cook’s stories… Bluesman, folk singer, storyteller and guitar slinger are all apt descriptors of Eli Cook. His songs have as much in common with Howlin’ Wolf as they do with Steve Earle.”

As always, a portion of your tab goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation to help support American roots music by directly partnering with the artists who make it.

Aug
3
Fri
Dom Flemons – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Aug 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Across his many years spent making music, touring, and garnering widespread acclaim, Mr. Flemons has earned his title as the modern “American Songster.”

Dom Flemons and the Music Maker Relief Foundation go way back to the early days of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Over the course of many years, Dom’s relationship to MMRF and its partner artists has rooted the songster’s music in the folk, blues, and balladry that form the bedrock of American popular music.

*As always, a portion of your tab goes to support Music Maker’s mission of enlivening American roots music by empowering the artists who make it.

Aug
4
Sat
The Buckstankle Boys: Bluegrass at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Aug 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Buckstankle Boys are a bluegrass outfit drawing members from across North Carolina and Virginia. They are wicked good instrumentalists, and they’ll have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands the whole show!
**ADMISSION IS FREE

*As always, free shows at the Bullpen are brought to you by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and the Bullpen donates a percentage of proceeds from alcohol sales to Music Maker’s mission of supporting blues and folk traditions across the country.

Aug
8
Wed
Nerd Nite @ The PIT Chapel Hill
Aug 8 all-day

Once a month, 3 speakers give 18-21 minute in-depth talks on just about anything. It’s a TEDTalk with beer and wine!

Anyone 21 years of age or older is welcome, even if they aren’t nerds.

Aug
10
Fri
The National Reserve – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Aug 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The National Reserve hails from Brooklyn, NY, but they’re bringing their brand of rock ‘n roll to downtown Durham! The band released their debut record “Motel La Grange” on NC’s own Ramseur Records back in May.

The National Reserve’s approach to rock music falls somewhere between old and new, between contemporary bands reinventing the genre like the War on Drugs and all-time greats like Bruce Springsteen.

*As always, free shows at the Bullpen on Friday and Saturday nights are presented by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and a portion of your tab goes to support blues and folk musicians across the country!

Aug
11
Sat
Harvey Dalton Arnold: Blues at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Aug 11 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

You’ve seen him play on the Bullpen’s stage before; he’s the guitar player and singer you know and love! Come hear the best live blues in the Triangle from Harvey Dalton Arnold!

*As always, a portion of your tab goes to support Music Maker Relief Foundation and the lives of blues and folk musicians across the country.

Aug
18
Sat
The Queen of Bourbon Street: Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen @ The Bullpen
Aug 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen is a North Carolina native, but her heart is in New Orleans. After years performing as the “Blues Queen of Bourbon Street,” she’s back in North Carolina, bringing the NOLA blues to downtown Durham!

*As always, free live music on Friday and Saturday nights at the Bullpen is brought to you by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and a portion of your tab goes to support their mission of sustaining American roots music traditions.