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Fall 2017 Music on the Porch Series

Join us on the lawn for our 2017 Fall Music on the Porch series!

September 7: Kamara Thomas (Cosmic Americana)
September 21: Violet Bell (Lizzy Ross & Omar Ruiz-Lopez)
September 28: Gabriel Pelli & Will Ridenour (Roots Music from Two Continents)

All performances are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Violet Bell, Thurs, Sept 21 at 5:30 pm

Based out of Durham, NC, Violet Bell is an original indie duo striving to create “folk-soul music that sings in your bones.” Lizzy Ross has made a name for herself with stirring original songs and “a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted” (Chicago RedEye). She won FloydFest’s On the Rise contest and has been awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, the Durham Symphony Orchestra) elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies. You can view and hear a sample of their music here.

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

Music on the Porch: Kamara Thomas, Thurs, Sept 7 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum for the first show of our Fall 2017 concert series! Music on the Porch is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, and all are welcome.

Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter, and dramatist who previously performed with the Ghost Gamblers as well as power trio Earl Greyhound. Her debut album Tularosa: An American Dreamtime explores the Mythic West through a song cycle about a forsaken plot of New Mexico land. Now hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Thomas has been called one of “14 Artists Proving Black Americana Is Real.”

This show is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Best of Spring 2017 Music on the Porch

We’ll be back on the porch with more great Southern music this fall… Until then, please enjoy a few of our favorite things from this Spring!


Music on the Porch: Atticus Reynolds Latin Jazz Quintet, Thursday, April 27 at 5:30 pm


Atticus Reynolds is a drummer/composer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first EP (EMIT) is available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and his forthcoming album Ventana is a suite of original music inspired by folkloric Latin rhythms that was recorded in Puerto Rico.

Joining Atticus for this show are Kevin Beardsley (bass), Dan Hitchcock (saxophones), Brevan Hampden (congas/percussion), and Ernest Turner (keyboard). The quintet will perform a mix of standards in the Latin jazz idiom as well as some original music.