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This Weekend’s Picks! March 22-24, 2013

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Marry Durham 2nd Anniversary Celebration! ~ Saturday March 23rd

The weather may be a little cooler this weekend, but there are still some really fun things to look forward to over the next three days. Here are my suggestions for things to check out the weekend. Have a tip or suggestion for next weekend? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday March 22nd 

Information Session at CAM Raleigh about Market Restaurant & Grocery
Join the owners of the Market Restaurant for a cocktail hour w/ light appetizers as they provide a short presentation about their ongoing work and future plans for the Market Restaurant & Grocery Store.
When: Friday 5:30-8pm
Where: CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
More Info: website

Saturday March 23rd

Marry Durham 2nd Anniversary
Celebration of the communities commitment to Durahm. Featuring a mini-parade, Food Trucks, Live Music and lots of fun at Fullsteam Brewery & Motorco Music Hall.
When: Saturday 2-5pm
Where: 700 Block of Rigsbee Avenue, Durham
More Info: website

Mint Julep Jazz Quintet at Beyu Cafe’
With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940′s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. The Mint Julep Jazz Band has a vintage sound that’s always fresh!
When: Saturday 9pm-12am
Where: Beyu Cafe’, 335 W. Main Street, Durham
Tickets: $9
More Info: website

Sunday March 24th

NC Museum of Art: “0 to 60: The Experience of Time Through Contemporary Art” 
Organized by the NCMA and Penland School of Crafts, this new art exhibit, which opens this Sunday, highlights a current trend in contemporary art: exploring the intersection of time and art by artists who employ innovative and experimental techniques.
When: Exhibit opens Sunday March 24th & runs through August 11, 2013
Where: NC Museum of Art (NCMA), 2110 BLue Ridge Road
Cost: $7 per ticket for the exhibit
More Info: website

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Marry Durham’s One Year Anniversary Celebration ~ March 17, 2012


For those who tied the knot with Durham last spring the first anniversary is fast approaching.

Marry Durham‘s first anniversary will be celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.  Marry Durham is a family-friendly event featuring live music, food trucks, and revelry intended to promote citizen engagement in Durham, celebrate Durhamites’ love for their quirky little town, and raise funds for non-profits in the Durham community! 

WHEN: 2:30-5:30 pm • Saturday, March 17, 2012

WHERE: 700 Block of Rigsbee Avenue (between W. Geer & Corporation Streets)

This celebration will remind us of our vows to keep our streets clean and safe, protect our natural resources, shop locally, support the arts and local non-profit organizations, cherish diversity, and elect responsible leaders.

Food Trucks • Entertainment • Parade

Sponsored By: Motorco, The Bar, Surf Club, Lloyd’s Lounge

To review pictures from the inaugural Marry Durham Celebration check out this photo gallery from the Independent Weekly: Link

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Tying the Knot ~ Residents Marry Durham!


On Saturday I headed over to Durham to perform with the Bulltown Strutters in the Marry Durham festival.  The Marry Durham event was born out of a desire to promote citizen engagement in Durham, celebrate Durhamite’s love for their quirky little town, and raise funds to benefit local non-profits.  Over 2,000 people were in attendance to “Marry” Durham to affirm their commitment to the Bull City. 


The ceremony and reception took place downtown along Rigsbee Avenue just outside of Fullsteam, Motorco, and Lloyd’s Lounge.  The street was closed off to traffic and was overrun with food trucks, musicians, and crowds decked out in wedding garb and costumes.  Each venue had several live music acts throughout the day.


Frank Stasio of NPR fame lead the ceremony.  VIP guests included the likes of Mayor Bill Bell and Wool E Bull.  After the nuptuals were completed, the Bulltown Strutters lead the newlyweds in a parade around the block performing a dixieland mashup of the “Bridal Chorus”, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” ,  and “When The Saints Go Marching In” in true New Orleans second line band fashion (great photo here).


The music featured in each venue offered a wide spectrum of music genres. Everything from rock, bluegrass, to dixieland. It seemed like wherever you looked, something creative was going on.  At one point I noticed a group congregated in an alley between Fullsteam only to discover it was crowd that had formed around a band (Corn and the Colonels) jamming in the cool shade.


Getting married and danacing to fun music can work up an appetite.  Fortunately there were severl local food trucks like Klausie’s Pizza, Ko Kyu BBQ, Farmhand Foods, and Slippin Sliders on hand to provide nourishment to the newlyweds at the event.  Given it’s success, I beleive there is a good chance of this becoming an annual event in the future.

For more pictures from the event, visit the official Marry Durham Flickr Photo Album. To see a cool clip of the Bulltown Strutters leading the wedding parade on check out this video on youtube.

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