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Music on the Porch: Lenard D. Moore & University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, Thurs, April 6 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Center Moorefor an inspirational evening of poetry and jazz! The University of Mount Olive Jazz Band, directed by Dr. William Ford, will perform classic jazz standards.  Discover the essentials of jazz music improvisation and techniques combined with the poetic voice as a jazz instrument.

Poet, essayist, and playwright Lenard D. Moore is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive. He was the first African American President of the Haiku Society of America. Moore founded the Carolina African American Writers Collective, and was co-founder of Washington Street Writers Group. He received the North Carolina Award for Public Literature in 2014 and his work has been featured in Southern Cultures.

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

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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!

Music on the Porch: Eric Przedpelski & Friends, Thursday, March 23 at 5:30 pm

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The premiere Spring show of the Center’s Music on the Porch series will be a tribute to the soul of the late, great David “Fathead” Newman. While some may not recognize his name, most recognize his sound, made famous by numerous Ray Charles hits from the 1950s and 60s. Connecting in their early twenties, Newman and Charles played together for twelve years. Their recordings from those years have been a major influence on the musical journey of saxophonist Eric Przedpelski, who looks forward to sharing some of Fathead’s favorite songs.

Przedpelski will be joined by Mark Templeton (piano) and Nat Reeves (bass), who have played together since their youth. Templeton enjoyed early success, sharing the stage with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Kenny Garrett. Reeves is one of the most widely respected jazz bassists in history, having toured and recorded with Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett, Pharaoh Sanders, Pat Metheney, John Scofield, and Curtis Fuller. Joining the group is one the great drummers from the Triangle Area, Jake Buchanan.

Please come out and join us for this historic evening! This show is free and open to the public.

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!