JKutchma leads off folk series at Duke Gardens

May. 16, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

In the late 1950s and early ’60s, there was a resurgence of interest in American folk, blues, gospel and other traditional styles of music that became known ironically as “the folk scare.” The scare has jumped a generation or two, and some of the artists playing in that tradition (now often called Americana) will perform during this year’s Music in the Gardens Series at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
The series of eight Wednesday concerts begins June 5 when JKutchma & The Five Fifths perform. The Durham band recently released their debut album “Pastoral,” recorded in Asheville. The band members are Jason Kutchma, vocals and guitar; Patrick O'Neil,  piano and vocals; Evan Rowe, drums; Rusty Sutton, bass; Elysse Thebner, guitar and vocals; and Nathan Golub, pedal steel guitar.
David Wax Museum continues the lineup of folk and traditional music June 12. David Wax Museum is David Wax on ukulele and vocals, Suz Slezak on vocals, percussion and accordion, and other instrumentalists. Recordings include “Knock Knock Get Up” and “Everything Is Saved.”  
Tender Fruit is next on the roster. Tender Fruit is a project of singer and songwriter Christy Smith, who performs with Patrick Wolf, James Phillips, Aharon Segal & others.
Tender Fruit’s follow-up to their 2010 debut “Flotsam & Krill” is scheduled for release this year.
Local musicians Diali Cissokho and the band Kaira Ba play dance music rooted in kora player Cissokho’s native Senegal, with American influences as well. The band formed when Cissokho moved to the area from Senegal. They will perform June 26.
All concerts are at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 919-684-4444 or visit www.dukeperformances.duke.edu.
Here is the complete lineup of artists in this series.

All concerts are at 7 p.m.
June 5: JKutchma & The Fifths
June 12: David Wax Museum
June 19: The Tender Fruit
June 26: Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba
July 10: American Aquarium
July 17: Kenny Roby
July 24: Matthew E. White
July 31: Hiss Golden Messenger