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City Plaza on Fayetteville St.
Phil Cook + The Guitarheels
Media Sponsor: Bit & Grain
Phil Cook is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has created a reputation as a multifaceted collaborator working with a variety of artists including Megafaun, The Shouting Matches, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls. In 2015 Phil released his first solo release Southland Mission for which he worked with some of his favorite collaborators including his brother & co-producer Brad Cook, Frazey Ford, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso, Mountain Man). Southland Mission draws on a lifetime of musical influences, experiences and collaborations to form a remarkable album that is as much about the structure of the work as it is about the foundation of influences it is built upon.
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Space is the Place for this Chapel Hill Rock Psych Band featuring the talents of John Harrison,Spencer Harrison, Alex Maiolo, and Patrick O’Neil. The band played Hopscotch last year and is about to release their second EP. Enjoy local groove.
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Rise Rashid is a multi talented rapper, actor, author, mentor, and high school basketball coach. Regarded as a young legend in many areas of Central and Southside Virginia, Rise has released several mix tapes, albums, a book, and excelled at other artistic endeavors. Through his music he finds a way to connect with fans from older generations all while successfully delivering his message to the younger generations of today.
City Plaza on Fayetteville St.
Media Sponsor: The Triangle Tribune Newspaper
Singer, songwriter and producer, William Bell defines the essence of “soul.” His album This is Where I Live, just received the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, one of the many accolades from his distinguished career. He is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, with songs having been recorded by stars such as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Jimi Hendrix and Etta James, among many others. Additionally, his recordings have been sampled by an impressive list of hip-hop and R&B artists including Kanye West, Ludacris, Jaheim and more. The opportunity to experience a performance by the legendary William Bell is not to be missed. This performance is dedicated to our friend, Steve Bryan.
High + Mighty Brass Band
Media Sponsor: Live Work Play
There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic crew has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences.
Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as “a party in progress!”
Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band: Spanish Guitar and Nuevo Flamenco Ensemble
Media Sponsor: Que Pasa
Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band is a high energy Spanish music and Nuevo Flamenco ensemble, performing original compositions as well as music by Paco De Lucia, Ottmar Liebert and a range of other musicians.
The Harris Brothers
Media Sponsor: Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Reggie and Ryan Harris are a real brother duo born and raised in Western North Carolina where they were exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age. The Harris Brothers started playing string instruments and singing as small children and are part of a musical family that still gets together to play. They have been playing professionally as a duo for more than twenty years, showcasing their unique style.
Media Sponsor: WLVA
A charismatic performer and world class songwriter, Dave Gunning has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. Building a solid fanbase across his native Canada and abroad, we welcome Gunning for his first performance in the Triangle. Enjoy his sensitive folk and innovative arrangements to his original songs.
Enloe Jazz Big Band
11:00 am -12:00 pm
Media Sponsor: The Carolinian
Enloe High School’s jazz students complete intense musical study to master the key elements that make jazz special: communication and improvisation. Through individual study and working with combos, these students excel at performing classics as well as improvising. Come be amazed by the talent and mastery of these young musicians!
City Plaza on Fayetteville St.
Rock n’ roll hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) blend the grit, energy, and rawness of punk, the feeling of soul, and occasionally, a little jazz swing. Seratones’s music, created with collaborative songwriting and spontaneous creativity, is certainly their own. Seratones have different names for the amalgamation of styles found on their debut: Their own “expression of freedom” is music that’s “all about waking people up”.
The Commonheart formed to invoke emotion through tone and energy, The Commonheart is a band configured of established artists from the Pittsburgh area who came together to create a unique sound for music lovers. The Commonheart takes rock riffs, gritty vocals and an organ to deliver rock n’ roll with a heavy blues, soul and gospel influence. Their music is a true testament to the past, echoing once again the full circle of music and sound.
Tank + The Bangas
Media Sponsor: New Raleigh
Tank and the Bangas combine the Spoken Word and Songwriting of Tarriona Tank Ball with the Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B, and Folk stylings of the Bangas. Hailing from New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of their home city. Having just won the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest from over 6,000 submissions, a performance by Tank and the Bangas provides an exciting experience you won’t forget.
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Violet Bell is Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez. Based out of Durham, NC, these two artists make wild soul-folk music that sings in your bones. Ross and Ruiz-Lopez played and toured for years before their paths crossed. When they finally did meet, it was electric. The duo brings this passion to their live shows. Whether they’re playing an intimate acoustic tune or sprawling out in psychedelic revelry, you can feel the magic.
The Fountain Singers
Media Sponsor: The Connection Place
Come be inspired by some gospel music with this amazing gospel group from The Fountain of Raleigh Fellowship. Under the direction of Marc Archibald, this group will inspire and entertain.