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Best of 2015 Music on the Porch!

While we await the return of spring weather, check out some of our favorite clips from last year’s Music on the Porch shows! Join us back on the porch (and around campus) this spring, Thursdays at 5:30 pm.

Co-sponsored event: Swimming in Dark Waters, Sun, Feb 28 at 7:30 pm


Hosted by Carolina Performing Arts, “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” features Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops together with folk singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist/singer Leyla McCalla. The trio delves into the profound yet too often overlooked history of protest, subversion, and cultural resistance by musicians of color in the United States, from its original inhabitants to recently arrived immigrants. Receive a 10% discount off your ticket prices by entering the code UNCSOUTH10.

Music on the Porch: Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song, Thurs, Mar 10 at 5:30 pm



“Papa” Charlie Jackson is a pivotal figure in American music history. Historians credit Jackson with being the first famous male blues singer, the first famous self-accompanied blues artist, and the first blues musician to record primarily original material. Jackson cut his first sides in 1924 and by the late 1920s was one of Paramount Records’ biggest stars. With his engaging voice and keen sense of humor, Jackson made some of the most entertaining American music of the 20s and early 30s. His unusual virtuosity on six-string banjo also put him in demand as an accompanist for early blues vocalists such as Ma Rainey and Lucille Bogan.

The two-disc set “Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song” is a milestone project for Document Records and for aficionados of traditional blues and related music of the early 20th century. For Document, it is exceptional in containing material by living musicians. For music lovers, it contains both the first-ever recorded tribute to Papa Charlie Jackson and the first selected compilation of Papa Charlie’s music since vinyl.

Featuring Cary Moskovitz, Chris Frank, Rtyas Vilgalys, Berkeley Grimball, and Dorsey Worthy, “Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song” presents Jackson’s music live to new generations of listeners.

New Roots / Nuevas Raíces program & reception


Please join us in the FedEx Center for Global Education to celebrate the launch of the New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte oral history website and digital information system. This bilingual initiative documents demographic transformations in North Carolina by collecting extraordinary stories of Latino migration, settlement, and integration.

This interactive event will feature listening stations where guests can sample these interviews for themselves and an opportunity to talk to the New Roots team, which includes archivists, anthropologists, software developers, UNC students, and North Carolina residents who have donated their stories. Music will be provided by members of Charanga Carolina. Come learn about the South’s New Roots / Nuevas Raíces!

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Music on the Porch: Look Homeward, Thurs, March 24 at 5:30 pm


Look Homeward is a band of brackish brethren hailing from the piedmont of North Carolina. Lee Anderson (guitar, vocals), Alex Bingham (upright bass), Evan Ringel (trombone, fiddle) and Wilson Greene IV (banjo) pair the Appalachian drawls and passionate picking of venerated field recordings with the soul tones of Atlantic beaches and boggy bayous. Marrying banjos with brass, the quartet celebrates the American South in a mingling of old and new, traditional yet surprising. Add honest folk songwriting and the result is music that just might sound like home, wherever you’re from.
Look Homeward’s first EP, The Hunger and the Ghost, was released in Fall 2013 and met with unexpected success. Their first full-length studio album was released in May 2015 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Hear here!