Our Spring 2018 Music on the Porch season opens with two of the best banjo players in the world. Ryan Cavanaugh gained early fame as a young musician, sharing stages with with traditional greats like Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Béla Fleck–to whom Cavanaugh is often compared–has called him “one of the best technical players ever.” Ryan’s latest release, with C Lanzbom of Soulfarm and Deadgrass, is Every Note the Heart Can Play (2017).
Born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised on a family farm near Sauratown Mountain, Rex McGee had early formal training on the piano and fiddle. He learned to play from his father Will, a left-handed fiddler who learned from his father on a fiddle made out of a gourd. Rex enjoys performing in various musical genres: rock with Celtic stars Brynmor, traditional and original folk tunes with contra dance group Footloose, and jazz/folk with vocalist Martha Bassett. He is known by 3-finger style banjo players all over the world as a vanguard innovator on an instrument of humble origins.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
With a dizzying repertoire that includes salsa dura, jazz, and Afro-Cuban-inflected originals, Durham’s Orquesta GarDel is one of the most respected salsa groups in the region. Co-founded in 2006 by UNC ethnomusicology professor David Garcia, the group boasts a dynamic roster that connects Latino/a performers with musicians from various cultural backgrounds.
Completamente multinacional, pero con un sabor especial de Carolina del Norte, Orquesta GarDel emociona al público con una experiencia enérgica de música de baile latina. La gran orquesta de trece miembros reproduce el formato clásico de un conjunto Nuyorican de salsa dura repleto de metales, percusión y coros, con en sus propios arreglos de canciones de los grandes artistas de salsa, cumbia y merengue.
Bring a picnic blanket (or your dancing shoes) and stay for a while! This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the Carolina Hispanic Association and the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While playing the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin).
In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival, they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. Evoking stories and images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album Latingrass reflects a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Catch a listen on YouTube or WUNC’s The State of Things.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Center. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Carolina Hispanic Association and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program. Trae una manta de picnic y quédate un rato!
To conclude our Spring season of Music on the Porch, Bob Whyte and Laura Jones will lead The Whyte Laundry Company in a tribute to W.C. Handy and his legacy. The Whyte Laundry Company is a banjo, washboard, and gutbucket band which got its start in Connecticut many moons ago, and relocated to Chapel Hill when Whyte was lured to the South to start up a new business. Shortly after he arrived, Bob had the good fortune to meet Laura, a classically trained vocalist whose first love was singing blues and jazz. Together they created a musical comedy show, affectionately titled “Southern Songs By Yankees.”
Performing with Laura and Bob for the first time in North Carolina are Steve Whyte (washboard) and Matt Whyte (gutbucket), who are flying down from NYC to help their Pop put on this show. Steve’s day job is editing video for television and films, but he spends his evenings as an improv performer at Magnet Theater, a storyteller for The Moth, and a professional drummer. Matt is a composer and album producer, who toured Europe and Asia with his previous indie band Earl Greyhound.
W.C. Handy needs no introduction. Early in his blues songwriting career, he was christened “Father of the Blues.” Come out and listen on April 12th, and you’ll understand why. This event is free and open to the public, and parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place lot, approximately two blocks from the Center.