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Music on the Porch: Counterclockwise String Band, Thurs, March 30 at 5:30 pm

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Hailing from points as distant as Montgomery, Alabama and Winneconne, Wisconsin, Counterclockwise String Band is (L-R) Tad Smith (dobro), Alan Barnosky (guitar, vocals), Palmyra Romeo (bass), Michael Malek (banjo), and Robert Thornhill (mandolin). Bridging the traditional and the progressive, this Triangle-based quintet offers its own unique interpretations of time-tested melodies. You can enjoy their tunes on YouTube or their website.

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

Best of Fall 2016 Music on the Porch

We hope you enjoyed the latest installments of the Center’s outdoor music series. In case you missed them, or if you’d like to relive the experience, click below to hear a few of our favorite numbers. We’ll be back on the porch (and lawn) with more great acts in Spring 2017!






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

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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

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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

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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!