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Apr
6
Fri
Griffin House @ Cats Cradle
Apr 6 all-day

Griffin House’s songs infuse roots, rock, blues and country to create a blend of songs and images that set him apart from other songwriters. Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, and many others. He received early critical acclaim on CBS Sunday Morning, and his songs have since been featured in countless films and television shows. His intelligent, heart-felt lyrics and melodies in such songs as “The Guy Who Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind” and “Better Than Love” are radio mainstays. House is on Tour in support of his current release SO ON AND SO FORTH – a collection of original tunes that are considered some of his best yet and sure to please both old and new fans.

Apr
8
Sun
Near & Far @ 140 West Franklin
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Near & Far – A Convergence of Community & Campus Cultures

Celebrate the global culture within Chapel Hill at this fun and funky street party! Homegrown cultural groups will offer activities for all ages. Plus, celebrate our vibrant community with heritage music, dance troupes, and spontaneous art performances that will make this afternoon unforgettable. Curb your appetite with international food offerings from our Tasting Tent – plus have an opportunity to:

EDUCATE yourself about the diverse cultures that call Chapel Hill home.

APPRECIATE the music, food, and traditions of world cultures.

CELEBRATE the vibrancy of our community and campus offerings.

Apr
20
Fri
Sounds of ’68: Revolution in the Air @ Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

1968 was a year that reshaped American society and American music. It was the year that Marvin Gaye heard it through the grapevine, Janis Joplin gave away another piece of her heart, James Taylor went to Carolina in his mind, and Johnny Cash recorded a landmark concert at Folsom Prison.

The musical legacy of that year is now the topic of an exhibition at UNC’s Wilson Library. “Sounds of ’68: Revolution in the Air” draws from the deep holdings of UNC Libraries’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Music Library, and Southern Folklife Collection. It celebrates the recordings and the artists that defined an era.

On view are album covers of classic LPs, reproductions of advertisements published in Billboard magazine and Cashbox, and rare photographs of artists such as Johnny Cash, Odetta, and Thelonious Monk during their North Carolina tours.

At a listening station, visitors will be able to hear entire songs from selected recordings featured in the exhibition, from Aretha Franklin to Frank Zappa.

1968 was a highly charged year. A divisive presidential campaign, the Vietnam War and protests against it, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy all rocked the nation. The exhibition captures a musical scene that reflected deep changes in culture and society—from psychedelic blues to country, and from soul to musical theater and classical composition.

The exhibition includes photographs from the collections of Don Sturkey, Hugh Morton, and the Durham Herald Sun.