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Hey Pocky Way! Mardi Gras Primer Saturday – March 1st!


Get pumped for Mardi Gras! Head on out to a fun Mardi Gras Primer party this Saturday in Durham at Trotter Hall from 1-5pm featuring a low country boil and three great bands. Tickets are just $25 for an afternoon of music and food with all proceeds going to support the Hillside Highschool Band Program.

Phil Cook

Phil Cook
(Image courtesy Phil Cook and The Guitarheels)

Event Details
Mardi Gras Primer – Presented by Shindigs
March 1st, 2014, 1-5pm $25
Trotter Hall, 410 Geer St, Durham, NC

Bone Slinger

Image Courtesy Bone Slinger

-A Low Country Boil by Saltbox Chef Ricky Moore (Iron Chef Competitor)
-Beer from Ponysaurus Brewing (Local Durham Nano Brewery)
-Music by Phil Cook & the Guitarheels, Boneslinger & Bulltown Strutters
-Make & Take Mask Making with the Scrap Exchange and much more!


Bulltown Strutters

This is going to be a great afternoon of awesome music, food and beer raising money for a fantastic local cause. Hope to see you there! For tickets and more information visit:

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Durham Mardi Gras Kickoff at The Pinhook Saturday Jan. 25th!

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Bulltown Strutters

The Bulltown Strutters, Durham’s very own New Orleans inspired “Second Line Parade Band” will be performing at The Pinhook this Saturday January 25th at 10:30pm to kickoff fundraising efforts to support efforts to hold the Durham Mardi Gras Parade on March 4th! I play trombone with the band and can tell you first hand it is going to be an exciting fun-filled show bursting with great music and dancing!

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Durham Mardi Gras 2014
(Poster Created by Jamie B. Wolcott)

Saturday’s show is free and starts at 9pm with music from the Beauty Operators followed by the Bulltown Strutters at 10:30pm. It will be a fun night of entertainment including fire performers, hula hoopers, and a burlesque dancer! Rumor has it there will also be a couple of food trucks parked outside The Pinhook to help feed the hungry crowd.

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Durham Mardi Gras 2014 t-shirt!

All Durham Mardi Gras events are provided with no cover charge, funded by donations and uncountable hours of volunteer time. In order to make this possible, please take part in our IndieGoGo fundraising efforts at The money raised will be used for decorations, beads, city permits and music performances. You can also show your support by purchasing the official 2014 Durham Mardi Gras T-shirts now available and on sale at The Scrap Exchange.

Durham Mardi Gras Kickoff Party
When: Saturday January 25th ~ 9pm
Where: The Pinhook – 117 W. Main Street Durham
twitter: @durhammardigras

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Jason Adamo & John Briggs Farewell Concert at Piper’s Tavern July 13th

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Jason Adamo and John Briggs, two very talented local musicians, will be performing their last show in Raleigh at Piper’s Tavern Saturday July 13th 6pm-2am before they move to Nashville. Piper’s is holding this FREE CONCERT on an outdoor stage behind the Tavern featuring local musicians leading up to Jason and John headlining. The outdoor concert is from 6pm-11pm and is a Kid Friendly event so bring out the whole family!

Music starts at 6pm! Jason Adamo Band at 9pm! John Briggs plays inside Pipers 11pm-2am! Many of Jason’s musician friends will be stopping by to perform acoustic sets before the band plays, and during Brigg’s inside set.

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2013 Durham Mardi Gras Celebration February 9th & 12th!

Durham Mardi Gras

Poster Art by Jamie B. Wolcott

Looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Triangle this year? Then check out some of the great local costume making and music events going on in Durham starting this Saturday followed by even more revelry with a local Mardi Gras Parade (with a second line band and all) on “Fat Tuesday” February 12th.

The fun kicks off this weekend on Saturday at Motorco with live music and costume making (materials provided by The Scrap Exchange). Then the good times continue on Fat Tuesday with a local parade and more music. On Tuesday musicians, dancers, and the public meet will meet at the CCB Plaza (the one with the big bull statue) in downtown Durham around 6:30pm. The group will then parade on down to Rigsbee Avenue near Motorco & Fullsteam at about 7pm where you can enjoy another great night of live music and dancing. Full details of the bands scheduled to perform are provided below. I’ll be joining the good times playing my trombone and the fabulous Bulltown Strutters. Hope to see you there! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Saturday February 9th
(All events in Motorco Garage)

Kidz, Bands,Costumes

4 –6pm  kids & adults – Mardi Gras costume making party (material supplied free by the Scrap Exchange)
4:00 Blue Tailed Skinks
5:00 Lester Fricks

Mardi Gras Extravaganza
8-10pm Adult Mardi Gras costume making party (material supplied free by the Scrap Exchange)
8:00 Beauty Operators
9:00 The Bulltown Strutters
10:00 Tom Merrigan
11: 00 SWAG

Fat Tuesday February 12th

Durham Mardi Gras Parade:
6:30 Meet at the bull, CCB plaza, downtown Durham
7:00 Parade to Motorco

Motorco Main Stage:
7:45 Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos
9:15 The Bulltown Strutters
10:30 Atiba Rorie and Africa Unplugged

Motorco Garage Stage:
8:45 Rhonda Robichaux
10:00 Phatlynx

8:30 Haw River Rounders
10:15 The George Tisdale Band

For a glimpse at some photos taken during last year’s Durham Mardi Gras Parade visit:

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2012 Carrboro Music Festival

Carolina Chocolate Drops @ the Carrboro Music Festival, 9-24-06

In case you haven’t heard, the 2012 Carrboro Music festival is tomorrow Sunday September 30th. This is a great family friendly event featuring over a hundred musical groups playing at various locations in downtown Carrboro throughout the day and night. Best of all, it is FREE!

The day long, free festival features all styles of music at numerous indoor and outdoor venues around downtown Carrboro. In the space of a few hours (and within a few blocks) a listener can hear Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Classical, and World Music. There remains a consistent effort to showcase Triangle area performers and the varied musical styles they represent. All of the performers donate their talents to foster a strong sense of community and as a way to reveal their talents to a wider audience.

For additional details check out the event website. You can also view a stage location map along with the schedule of performers here.


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