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Johnny Cash Tribute Band this Thursday at Oak City 7

Folsom 4

Update 7/7/2015: This event has been cancelled due to the extreme weather foretasted for tonight

There is some great music to be heard this week in Raleigh. The Johnny Folsom 4 (Johnny Cash Tribute Band) is scheduled to perform this Thursday at the Oak City 7 concert series and I’m pretty stoked about it. If you’ve never been to one of the shows at Oak City 7 here’s what you need to know. Oak City 7 is a FREE summer concert series located in City Plaza (at the end of Fayetteville Street) in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5:00pm to 10:30pm (rain or shine) every other Thursday, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Photo Courtesy Johnny Folsom 4

There are typically 3-4 bands with openers starting around 6pm and the headlining act at 9pm. Local craft beer is available for purchase and there are usually several great local food trucks. The event is pet friendly (dogs must be on a leash). You can bring a chair to relax, but there is also plenty of room for dancing.

Oak City Seven Music Lineup for July 23rd
Johnny Folsom 4 9:00pm
Megan Doss Band 7:45pm
Windsor Oaks Band 6:15pm

Food Trucks – July 23rd
Baguettaboutit
Bam Pow Chow
Bulkogi Korean BBQ
CJ’s Street Food
The Humble Pig
Groovy Dog’s
Sweet Water Ices
Tar Heel Creamery
Element Juice

Oak 7 Schedule

If you can’t make it this week you have two more chances to catch the Oak City 7 series with shows on August 6th (Country Tribute) and August 20th (Jimmy Buffet Tribute). To learn more about this convert series visit the event website or follow them on facebook and twitter.

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Summer Music Update

The Jason Adamo Band at Midtown Music Fest

Over the weekend I attended the Midtown Music Fest in North Hills. It was a great music event featuring three bands (The Jason Adamo Band, Four Founders, American Aquarium) and local beer from Big Boss Brewing. Best of all the event was FREE. Now that summer concert season is upon I thought now would be a good time to share my updated list of upcoming free and low cost summer music in the Triangle. Check out the event websites below for additional details. Hope you have a great summer filled with music!

Raleigh

Durham

Chapel Hill

Carrboro

Cary

Apex

Clayton

Hillsborough

Wake Forest

Saxapahaw

Pittsboro

  • First Sunday Market
    Market featuring handmade crafts and music every first Sunday March through December 12-4 pm

High Point

Chatham County

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Spring & Summer Music in the Triangle

Coffee Barn Stage

Music at the Coffee Barn Stage ~ Shakori Hills

Update May 12, 2015
There are several free concert series kicking off across the Triangle over next several moths. Check out the event websites below for additional details. As always, if you think I’ve missed an event please let me know in the comments section and i’ll add it to the list.

Raleigh

Durham

Chapel Hill

Carrboro

Cary

Apex

Clayton

Hillsborough

Wake Forest

Saxapahaw

Pittsboro

  • First Sunday Market
    Market featuring handmade crafts and music every first Sunday March through December 12-4 pm

High Point

Chatham County

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Sounds of Justice & Inclusion Concert at Duke University ~ January 17th

MLK
Duke University MLK Commemoration Committee proudly presents the Durham Symphony, under the direction of Maestro William Henry Curry, 100 Men in Black, the Men’s Chorus from Shaw University, Keith Snipes, Yolanda Rabun and the John Brown ‘little’ Big Band, for a special concert honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, 8:00 PM, at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium, Durham.

The concert ”Sounds of Justice & Inclusion: Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr”, will include music by African-American composers “Duke” Ellington, Scott Joplin and William Henry Curry, jazz selections with the John Brown ‘little’ Big Band featuring Yolanda Rabun, and spirituals with the Men’s Chorus from Shaw University. 100 Men in Black will perform Lift Every Voice and Sing. The tribute to Dr. King will feature Maestro William Henry Curry’s Eulogy for a Dream, with narrator Keith Snipes and Morton Gould’s “Hymnal”, an orchestral piece based on the song “We Shall Overcome”.

This year, the annual Martin Luther King Commemoration coincides with the kick-off of a year of programming in recognition of what would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. John Hope Franklin, a beloved member of the Duke community and one of America’s foremost historians of Black life. The concert tribute to Dr. Franklin will include comments by William Henry Curry and Keith Snipes.

The concert grand finale will be a performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with all performers.

“We are pleased to be sharing the joy and importance of this special day with the community” Maestro Curry said. “The best music is without prejudice and speaks to our hearts about hope, love, community, and service to one another.”

Tickets are available through the Duke University Box Office, https://tickets.duke.edu or 919-684-4444. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Seniors 65+. Students can acquire a ticket at no cost with a valid student ID. Youth under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsorship for the concert is provided by Duke University MLK Commemoration Committee, Duke Chapel, and the Duke University Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Baldwin Auditorium is located on Duke’s East Campus at 1336 Campus Drive, at the intersection of Onslow Street and West Markham Avenue.

For more information, visit the Durham Symphony web site at www.durhamsymphony.org or call 919-491-6576.

About the Durham Symphony
Incorporated as a not-for profit organization in 1977, the Durham Symphony began as an all-volunteer community orchestra, offering free concerts.

Today, under the direction of Maestro William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, the Durham Symphony has evolved into a semi-professional orchestra composed of classically trained volunteers and professionals. Enhancing Durham’s rich cultural heritage, the Durham Symphony performs high quality orchestral concerts that foster accessibility and encourage the development of music appreciation and education. The Durham Symphony’s programming reflects a commitment to familiar, American, and popular music.

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Triangle Outdoor Music Schedule

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Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

As we put what I hope is the last cool week behind us, the Spring Concert Season quickly approaches. This past weekend things kicked off with the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro and next weekend things really start jumping the Art of Cool Fest in Durham. As we approach the end of April the outdoor concert scene is really going to take off.

With so much great music going on it can be hard to keep track of all the different free and ticketed shows and concert series in the Triangle. Fortunately the News & Observer’s Sound of Spring: Outdoor Music Guide 2014 and WRAL Out & About’s List of the Triangle’s Free Concert Series came out last week and are the perfect resource for area music lovers. I highly recommend bookmarking these comprehensive lists and scanning them for upcoming shows to add to your music calendar.

Here is just a sampling of a few performances I am looking forward to:

Art of Cool Fest – April 25th & 26th in Durham (ticketed)
While the ticketed festival features a weekend of great music at several different venues, they also offer some great free music to enjoy. This Friday you can catch Peter Lamb & the Wolves, Yolanda Rabun, and Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojo’s for FREE in Durham Central Park from 4-7pm. Info: http://aocfestival.org.

Tift Merritt – May 17th Artsplosure in Raleigh (free)

BoneslingerMay 18th Joyner Park, Wake Forest (free)

Mandolin OrangeMay 29th American Tobacco Campus (free)

Triangle Brass Band – June 27th Cary’s Bond Park (free)

Dave Matthews BandJuly 23rd at Walnut Creek (ticketed)

Visit the articles I linked to above for a full list of music events this spring and summer. Huge hat tip for the N&O and WRAL for putting this great lists together. It makes it so much easier to make music plans!

 

 

 

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