Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Music on the Porch’ Category

Music on the Porch: The Old Ceremony, Thurs, Sept 29 at 5:30pm


Since they formed in 2004, The Old Ceremony have built a unique body of recordings that evoke distinctive musical and lyrical sensibilities, while tapping into a rich, unmistakably Southern vein of melodic songcraft and vivid storytelling. The band appeared at Atlanta’s Summer Shade Festival in August, and they performed with The Connells at Raleigh’s Little Theater on September 17.

Taking their name from Leonard Cohen’s classic album, The Old Ceremony are singer/songwriter Django Haskins, drummer Dan Hall, vibes/organist Mark Simonsen, bassist Shane Hartman, and violinist Gabriel PelliTheir last album, Sprinter, was released in 2012 by Yep Roc Records, and you can hear them on ReverbNation and YouTube.

This event is free and open to the public, and it will happen RAIN OR SHINE! Wear galoshes and stay for a while! 

Music on the Porch: Ray Cashman, Thurs, Sept 22 at 5:30 pm


Ray Cashman has been called a “gritty baritone” and “gumbo troubadour” that can “conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi.” He has worked as a carpenter, a forklift driver, a mystery shopper, a field hand, a fry cook, a car salesman, a long-distance driver, a bartender, a store clerk, a plumber, a roofer, and a stay-at-home Dad.

Slow_DragBorn in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas, Cashman now resides in Nolensville, Tennessee, where he writes songs about “love, food, music, murder, illicit substances, and the yearning to leave small-town America.” His music is also influenced by his travels around the South (and abroad) and his love of Southern Gothic literature. Cashman’s sixth studio album, Slow Drag, is due out in October 2016, and clips are available on SoundCloud and ReverbNation.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Nathan Bowles, Thurs, Sept 8 at 5:30 pm


Nathan Bowles’ music, previously featured on NPR, has been called “hypnotic” and “mesmerizing,” “a Terrence Malick film in a handful of strings.” When not performing with the Black Twig Pickers or Pelt, Nathan explores the possibilities of the clawhammer banjo as a solo artist, inspired in part by his childhood home on the Virginia side of the Great Dismal Swamp. HiPoB-28s third solo album, recently released by the Paradise of Bachelors record label, is titled Whole & Cloven.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: (J) Rowdy & the NightShift, Thurs, Sept 1 at 5:30 pm


Joshua “(J) Rowdy” Rowsey is an underground recording artist, actor, improviser, and writer featured on NPR,Proclamation2 DJ Booth, and Indy Week. Rowdy is a founding member of the hip hop collective No9to5 Music. He initiated the UNC-Chapel Hill Cypher, which unofficially broke a Guinness World Record for longest group freestyle and was nominated for an Indy Week award. He has shared the stage with Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Murs, Snow Tha Product, Asher Roth, and other national recording artists.


The NightShift is a live hip hop group that formed in Chapel Hill in early 2015. The two permanent members, Atticus Reynolds and Kevin Beardsley, collaborate with other local instrumentalists as the backing band to No9to5 Music as well as (J) Rowdy & the NightShift. Their music is available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Spotify.



This event is free and open to the public. Our friends from Local Yogurt will be here for the show, so bring your ice cream money and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Harmonyx, Thurs, Aug 25 at 5:30

Join us for the first live show of Fall 2016! Last year, the undergraduate a cappella singers of Harmonyx wowed us with their awesome vocals, harmonies, and beatboxing. We are thrilled to host them once again for UNC’s Week of Welcome.


Founded in 1995 by members of the Black Student Movement, Harmonyx performs old and new favorites from R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Soul, and Pop–delivering rhythm and gaining audience since their creation. But don’t take our word for it–you can view their 20th anniversary concert here.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!