Friday, April 23, 2010

Parties, Rain or Shine

This weekend's festivals and concerts are set to go forward rain or shine, offering several opportunities to hear 2 great Latin orchestras, and a host of other live music.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Music and Dance Festival is ongoing through Sunday (4/25)--this multi-genre festival offers day and weekend passes as well as on-site camping. From clogging to Cajun to blues, salsa, African and indie rock, it's too much to encapsulate here, so check out their website! The Shakori Hills farm near Pittsboro offers green-minded facilities, a sprawling variety of good music, awesome craft vendors, veggie and ethnic food booths, and even a freestanding ATM. Rain or shine, it's a great relaxed venue to experience live music.

Andy & Tim

Shakori spotlight: Orquesta GarDel TONIGHT, Friday (4/23), 8:30 pm in the Dance Tent. Word is GarDel will feature The Beast on a new joint arrangement of their song "Translation."


Saturday (4/24) at 3 pm is UNC's World Music Concert, featuring Gamelan Nyai Saraswati and Charanga Carolina. The concert will be held outside, weather permitting, on the lawn in front of Kenan Music Building. In case of rain, it will go on as scheduled inside the music building.


North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh celebrates their Grand Opening Festival this weekend with a free arts festival, including performances by Orquesta GarDel and Charanga Carolina. Prepared for rain or shine, a large tent will shelter the music stage on the Museum's new plaza. All music acts at this stage are free, no ticket is required.

Plan extra time for remote parking, which will be available at the Atrium on Blue Ridge Rd. (If you would like to tour the new gallery building, go online to get a free, timed-entry ticket.)

NCMA Plaza Music Stage Schedule

Saturday (4/24):
11am - 12:15pm - Orquesta GarDel (Salsa)
12:30 - 1:15 - Josh Goforth and David Holt (Appalachian)
1:30 - 2:45 - NCCU Jazz Ensemble Big Band (Jazz)
3:00 - 3:45 - Southern Sun Drum (Native American)
4:00 - 5:00 - The Beast (Hip-Hop)

Sunday (4/25):
10:00 - 11:30am - Martin Luther King All Children's Choir & The Gospel Jubilators (Gospel)
12:00 - 1:15pm - Les Primitifs du Futur (Jazz/Musette)
1:30 - 2:45 - Charanga Carolina (Latin)

A wide spectrum of free arts programming is taking place inside the old gallery building, on the plaza and grounds. These include live dance by Carolina Ballet, and Mark Dendy DanceTheater performing a new site-specific work, emerging design from NCCU's Art to Wear fashion show and Advanced Media Lab, NC pottery demos, experimental music and performance artists, short films, and talks by the architects.

See the NCMA Grand Opening webpage here for more info.

Umbrellas or no, get out there and hear what's going on this weekend!

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