So this weekend there are several big events going on celebrating art, music and fashion. In Raleigh I recommend checking out the weekend long SPARKcon. Over in Durham there is Centerfest. And down in Apex you will find a day full of music at the Apex Music Festival. In addition to those big events here are the rest of my weekend picks:
Friday – September 15th
Curtis Eller performs at Mystery Brewing Public House
Singer songwriter and banjo player Curtis Eller is resuming his residency at Mystery Brewing Public House in Hillsborough with a solo performance this Friday at 8:30pm. No cover.
Thomas Ryant performs at The Bullpen in Durham
Thomas Rhyant is a gospel singer and musical troubadour, using music to tell stories of those who came before him. With his tasteful guitar style and stunningly wide-ranging voice and enigmatic backing band, Rhyant brings joy to audiences while keeping the history of soul music alive. Music starts at 8:30pm at The Bullpen. No Cover.
Saturday – September 16th
Durham Farmer’s Market
The market takes place each Saturday through November at Durham Central Park, but I especially enjoy visiting during this time of year. In addition to producers and other vendors, there are usually several great local food trucks serving brunch and lunch items. I recommend hitting the market and then exploring Durham. A top pick while in Durham is always a visit to Cocoa Cinnamon!
Sunday -September 17th
Midtown Bluegrass at North Hills
Just in time to get you warmed up for this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass, two of this year’s official International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Ramble showcase bands will close out this year’s Midtown Bluegrass Series. Get a sneak preview of what’s in store this year with Colorado-based bandThe Railsplitters (4:30-6 pm) and North Carolina’s own Fireside Collective (3-4 pm). The afternoon will begin with a facilitated youth jam with local musicians Lynda and Jamie Dawson.
A new coffee spot to visit while you are out and about…
If you are ever up in Youngsville (just 10 minutes north of Wake Forest) be sure to check out the cool Packhouse Coffee Company drive-thru coffee hut set up just off the main drag downtown. They serve locally roasted Red Rooster coffee and have a full menu of coffee, espresso drinks as well as frappes.