Friday, October 3, 2008

Two Matters Close at Hand

FRIDAY (10/3):
A great deal tonight, if you have a hankering for big band but not the pocketbook to match: The John Brown Jazz Orchestra plays in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke at 8 pm. Tickets are value-priced at $10 general admission or $5 for all students, seniors or Duke ID holders. This is John Brown's professional outfit, to be distinguished from the music department's student Jazz Ensemble (which will perform Oct 24 with guest Bobby Sanabria--more on that later).

SATURDAY-SUNDAY (10/4 - 10/5):
Jordan Lake Arts & Music holds its very FIRST Fall Festival this weekend. Kind of a Shakori-meets-Eno concept, Specs entrepreneur George Fage't started the festival to raise funds and awareness to clean up the Jordan Lake watershed. Day passes are $25, weekend passes $40, (seniors 66+ and kids under 12 free) and all proceeds will benefit local environmental causes.

The rain-or-shine event features 19 bands on 5 stages in a wide array of genres, from zydeco to hiphop to bluegrass, with salsa favorite Orquesta GarDel headlining Saturday at 4:30. Tent and RV camping is available on a first come, first served basis.

Location: Jordan Lake Farm at 1226 Martha's Chapel Road in Apex. See the festival website for full schedule and directions.

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