I took this week’s picture while exploring Rigsbee Avenue in downtown Durham. Fullsteam Brewery is one of my favorite Triangle breweries. They make some great craft beers and the brewery serves as a great community gathering spot. It is a great place to catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks, and catch live music on the weekends. It is a very family friendly spot and it is not unusual to see people there with kids and their dog during the day, while it transitions to a more mature crowd during the busier evening hours. Fullsteam has done so much to help revitalize the Rigsbee Avenue Corridor. It is a must visit for NC beer lovers and visitors to the area looking to capture the vibe of downtown Durham.
Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 4th, downtown Durham will showcase a taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras! The night kicks off with the Durham Mardi Gras Parade leaving from CCB Plaza at 7 p.m. From there the celebration travels to Rigsbee Avenue down by Fullsteam Brewey and Motorco Music Hall for a big block party that runs from 7:30 p.m to midnight. The street will be closed to traffic, food trucks will line the block and Free live music will be going on simultaneously at five different stages. Full Music Schedule Below! Hope to see you there!
Motorco Music Hall Main Stage
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Bulltown Strutters
9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos
Motorco Garage Stage
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Beauty Operators
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Children of the Horn
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Ironing Board Sam
9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Screaming J’s
8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Radar’s Clown of Sedation
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Drag Show Spectacular
8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Bull Bayou Ramblers
9 p.m. Old Time Corner
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!
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.
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 http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/durham-mardi-gras. 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
Tim Jones of Raleigh’s Jubala Village Coffee Competes at Big Eastern
This week’s picture captures some of the action that went down at the Big Eastern Barista & Brewers Cup regional coffee competition this past weekend at The Cotton Room in Durham. This event featured talented baristas from the entire east coast including a strong field of local competitors from the Triangle. I took the above picture while Tim Jones of Jubala Village Coffee in Raleigh was competing in the Barista competition. The huge crowd looked on while Tim presented his espresso drinks to the panel of judges. Tim did an incredible job and secured 4th place among the highly competitive field earning him a spot at the national barista competition to be held in Seattle this April. You can view the rest of my photos from The 2014 Big Eastern Barista & Brewers Cup Competition here.