Living Blues taps Music Maker artists
HILLSBOROUGH – Three artists with Music Maker Relief Foundation have received accolades from Living Blues magazine. Last year Ironing Board Sam was named Comeback Artist of the Year by Living Blues. Now he has been named Most Outstanding Musician for Keyboard for 2013. Ironing Board Sam recently released a two-CD recording “Double Bang!” on the Music Maker label.
Dom Flemons was also named Most Outstanding Musician (banjo), and the Carolina Chocolate Drops' “Leaving Eden” was named Best New Traditional Acoustic Recording.
Blue Man Group adds new DPAC show
DURHAM -- Blue Man Group has added a 7:30 p.m. show to its Sept. 5 date at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The show will run through Sept. 8 for six shows.
Tickets go on sale for this added performance today at noon. Tickets for Blue Man Group’s other performances are on sale now.
Tickets are available at DPACnc.com, at the box office at 919-680-2787, or through
Sharp Nine announces August concerts
DURHAM -- Saxophonist Chad Eby and quartet featuring trumpeter Brandon Lee will perform at 8 p.m. today at Sharp Nine Gallery, at 4608-L Industry Lane.
General admission is $15.
Here are some other August events at Sharp Nine Gallery. Doors open 20 minutes before each show. For information, visit www.durhamjazzworkshop.org.
-- Saturday, 8 p.m. Saxophonist Gregg Gelb leads a quartet featuring Steve Anderson (piano), Jason Foureman (bass) and Chris Gelb (drums). Opening for the quartet at 7 p.m. will be the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble.
-- Tuesday, 8 p.m. North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.
Tickets on sale today for Amos Lee concert
DURHAM -- Amos Lee will tour this fall in support of his fifth studio album, “Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song,” which will be released Oct. 8. The tour comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 18.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC box office at 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
Billsborough to feature Piedmont Blues artists
HILLSBOROUGH -- Lightnin’ Wells and Jon Shain will perform the finger-picking guitar music often referred to as the Piedmont blues at 8 p.m. Thursday at Billsborough Music Hall, 106 S. Churton St.
Wells has spent most of his adult life studying with the last of the original Piedmont blues performers such as John Dee Holeman and Big Boy Henry, and has become an icon of this dynamic blues style.
Shain won the Triangle Blues Challenge in 2008 with bass player FJ Ventre and went on to become a finalist at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009.
Tickets are $10 at the door. For information, call 919-732-2200 or visit www.billsboroughmusichall.com.
Siler City to host 2nd Hispanic art festival
SILER CITY – The 2nd Annual Hispanic Festival ArtWalk will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 at the corner of Second Street and Chatham Avenue.
Dancers from the Peruvian-American Coalition of North Carolina and Magetsi 4H Club de Danza Folklorica Latina will entertain the audience with traditional Hispanic dances. A variety of Latino artists from the local area and the region will exhibit their work in the N.C. Arts Incubator galleries. Additionally, there will be food and beverage vendors, including traditional Hispanic food, on West Second Street, which will be closed for the event. Tents will have displays from Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.
Local roots music duos to perform in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH -- Roots music duos Bruce Piephoff & Scott Sawyer and Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins will perform a Piedmont Mini-Tour. The three-day tour will include a performance at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Billsborough Live Music Hall, 106 S. Churton St.
Performances will feature original songs with roots-based instrumentation from each of the North Carolina veteran musical duos. This tour is the second live show collaboration between the two duos -- the first was a one-night show in Durham in late 2012.
Tickets are $10 at the door, general admission, all ages. For directions and more information call Billsborough Music Hall at 919-732-2200 or visit www.billsboroughmusichall.com.
Comedian Ron White adds second show at DPAC
DURHAM – Comedian Ron White has added a second 9:30 p.m. show to his Nov. 22 date at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m.
Tickets are going fast for his earlier 7 p.m. performance. Both shows are recommended for mature audiences only.
Tickets are available at DPACnc.com, at the DPAC Box Office at 919-680-2787, or at Ticketmaster.com.
Bennett Place to present ‘Tales of the Tar Heel State’
DURHAM -- Southern heritage, Tar Heel products and stories of the Old North State will be presented in the "Tales of the Tar Heel State" Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bennett Place State Historic Site.
Historic interpreters will demonstrate cooking, gardening, wood crafting and musket firing. This event is the final of the summer 2nd Saturdays series organized by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources to offer free family fun at historic sites, art and history museums statewide.
Bennett Place is at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road.
Chapel Hill gallery features works by Barnes
CHAPEL HILL – Sharon Barnes’ “Following My Dream” is the featured August exhibit at the Chapel Hill Art Gallery. A free artist’s reception will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m.
Here are other exhibits coming to the gallery:
In September, Eduardo Lapetina will present "Around Myths and Images." An opening reception will be held Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Also in September, the gallery will present a selection of works from The Art Institute of Raleigh Durham. An opening reception will be held Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Chapel Hill Art Gallery is at 1215 E. Franklin St., between Caffe Driade and Whitehall Antiques. For information, call 919-636-4557 or visit www.chapelhillartgallery.com.
Dark Water Rising to play Bynum
BYNUM -- Dark Water Rising will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Bynum General Store.
North Carolina’s Dark Water Rising has a sound that embraces Southern rock, gospel harmonies, hip-hop inflections and Motown soul.
The Friday Night Music Series runs through the end of August. A $5 to $7 donation to compensate the performers is suggested.
Bynum Front Porch is at 950 Bynum Road.
WUNC to carry symphony broadcasts
DURHAM -- The North Carolina Symphony and WUNC (91.5 FM) will broadcast symphony performances from the past concert season Monday evenings from 10 to 11 p.m. These concerts were recorded live in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.
David Hartman, the original host of “Good Morning America,” will introduce the concerts.
Here is a list of upcoming broadcasts:
-- Aug. 12. William Henry Curry, resident conductor; David Hartman, narrator. Copland: “Lincoln Portrait” and Ives: Symphony No. 2
-- Aug. 19. Grant Llewellyn, music director. Elgar: “Enigma Variations”
-- Aug. 26, Grant Llewellyn, music director. Stravinsky: “Fireworks” and “The Rite of Spring.”
Kim Arrington to release ‘Getting II Yes’
DURHAM -- Soul singer Kim Arrington will release her new CD, “Getting II Yes” Aug. 16 at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., at 9 p.m.
The admission for the event is $12 in advance, $15 the day of show.
Arrington, a local teaching artist and singer-songwriter, released her debut CD, “First Love Note of Kim Arrington” in 2008. In the five years since releasing her first CD, Arrington has toured England for six weeks, played more than 250 music shows and living room concerts, and written new tunes with co-producer-pianist-fiancé Victor Moore. Those 10 new songs along with three re-imagined cover songs (Janet Jackson’s “Control,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and Morris Albert’s “Feelings”) became Arrington’s sophomore CD, “Getting II Yes.”
For tickets, visit kimarringtoncdrelease.eventbrite.com/. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase in advance and at the event.
Brewery to celebrate anniversary
PITTSBORO -- Swift Creek, an Americana and bluegrass band based in Raleigh, will appear at The Carolina Brewery's 6th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday. The show starts at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a burger cook-off and brewery tour.
Carolina Brewery is at 120 Lowe's Drive. For information, visit carolinabrewerypittsboro.com.
Hillsborough to hold Family Fun Day
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Main Library and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will host Family Fun Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown. Family Fun Days is a summer series held on the second Saturday of the month from June through September. Each Family Fun Day includes guided history tours, children’s activities, a farmers market, shopping, and dining.
A one-hour guided walking tour of downtown historic Hillsborough will depart from the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Hillsborough Visitors Center or by calling 919-732-7741. The Hillsborough Visitors Center is at 150 E. King St.
--From staff reports