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June 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

Dates and other details may be estimated based on last year's festival until confirmed by festival organizers.

June 2 - 3    Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy

The two-day festival dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music and dance includes competitions, jam sessions and education in a family-friendly environment. Winners in 15 solo and band competitions are awarded cash prizes.

Contestants TBA in old-time and bluegrass bands, and individual bluegrass fiddle, old-time fiddle, bluegrass banjo, old-time banjo (clawhammer), guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, dulcimer, autoharp, folk song and dance (adult and youth).

Festival site: Veterans Memorial Park

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7 p.m. Friday. 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

$10 daily; younger than 7 free with adult.

Camping: $10 per day, $30 per day with water and electricity.

June 2 - 3    Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard

The annual event is a lead-in to the Brevard Music Center's classical series, which begins later this month, and includes a barbecue competition and craft beer on the day's menu. It is in its fourth year in 2017.

Friday: Delta Moon, Roomful of Blues, Lee Griffin Band.
Saturday: Tinsley Ellis, Dangerous Gentlemens with Anson Funderburgh, Mojo Brothers Blues Band, Peggy Ratusz, Unpaid Bill and the Bad Czechs.

Festival site: Brevard Music Center

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4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: $45.
Friday: $25.
Saturday: $35.

Camping nearby, including at the Pisgah National Forest's Davidson River Campground.

June 2 - 4    Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island

Ocrafolk is presented by Ocracoke Alive, a non-profit cultural arts organization. In addition to music on two stages and musicians' workshops, the festival presents a square dance, storytellers, visual arts, a live auction, a pot-luck dinner, a skipjack cruise with music and storytelling, and more.

Musical Artists
Molasses Creek, Bio Ritmo, Donald Davis, Roland White and Friends, Ballet Folkorico Guadalupano, Mitch Barret, Craicdown; Hank, Pattie and the Current; Martin Garrish and Friends, De Tierra Caliente, Beleza, Lipbone Redding, Violet Bell, John Golden, Bob Zentz and Jean McDougall, Louis and Amy Allen, Mahalo Jazz, The Blue Eyed Bettys, Captain Rob Temple, Philip Howard, Oak Grove String Band.

Festival site: Howard Street and School Road

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Saturday and Sunday admission: $15, ages 6 to 12 $5, younger free. Some shows require additional admission.
Patron pass: $35 includes ticketed shows and enters ticket holder in giveaways for patrons.

June 3    Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach

The show presented on the sands at the home of beach music and shagging is in its 32nd year in 2017. In addition to music, the festivities include a shagging contest with cash prizes. It's the first Saturday in June each year.

Jim Quick and Coastline, Band of Oz, Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band.

Festival Site: On beach near Carolina Beach Boardwalk

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11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; gates open at 10 a.m.

$20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Younger than 13 free.

June 3    Mondo Roots - Clayton

Mondo Roots, a cultural arts festival offering a blend of funk, blues, Reggae and other musical genres, debuted in 2016. In addition to music, the festival presented visual art demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, craft beer and wine, a sidewalk chalk art contest, face painting, a drum circle, street performances, and more.

Nappy Roots, Roots of a Rebellion, Cha Wa, The Ragbirds, DJ Jedi, Echelon Youth Brass Jazz Ensemble.

Festival Site: Main Street

1 to 8 p.m.

Free admission.

June 3    Crystal Coast Music Festival - Atlantic Beach

The Crystal Coast Music Festival debuted in 2016 with four bands and a variety of other activities on the boardwalk, sands and surf of Atlantic Beach. Food trucks and other vendors will also be on hand.

NeedToBreathe, Dr. Dog, Shovels and Rope, Bombadil, Los Colognes, Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey.

Festival Site: Atlantic Beach Boardwalk

Gates open at 12:30 p.m., music 1:30 to 10 p.m.

$30 limited advance, $40 advance; $50 week and day of festival.
Younger than 3: Free.
VIP admission (special entrance entry and viewing areas, early entrance, cash bar, restrooms, happy hour hors d'oeuvres, more): $125.

June 3    Cold Mountain Music Festival - Canton

The Cold Mountain Music Festival debuts in 2017 and is a benefit for the ministries of Camp Henry, a Christian summer camp and leadership program, and the Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton. In addition to five bands for the inaugural edition of the festival, there will be several food trucks along with beer and wine vendors, as well as kids' activities planned by Camp Henry staff. The centerpiece of the festival site is a mile-long lake surrounded by the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Balsam Range, Love Canon, Town Mountain, Billy Strings.

Festival Site: Lake Logan Episcopal Center

Gates open at noon, music starts 2 p.m.

$60 until April 1, $75 afterward.
Ages 13 to 18: $30; younger get in free.

No camping onsite, but "hostel-style bunkhouse accommodations" are available for $30 per person.

June 8 - 10    Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee

A long-running bluegrass festival at the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a family-oriented festival held at a campground pavilion. Most bands play afternoon and evening sets.

Thursday: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Volume Five, Jumbo Whaley and the Greenbrier, Old Friends (Lawson and Williams).
Friday: Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band with special guest Rhonda Vincent, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, The Farm Hands, Breaking Grass.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, VW Boys, Goldwing Express, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, The Harris Brothers, Deeper Shade of Blue.

Festival site: Happy Holiday RV Village

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Three-day pass: $90 in advance, $95 at gate; age 6 to 13 $45 and $50; younger free with parent.
Daily pass: $40 in advance, $45 at gate; age 6 to 13 $15; younger free with parent.

No alcohol.

June 8 - August 11    Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard

The Brevard Music Center's summer institute for classical music students aged 14 and older presents some 50 concerts throughout its nine-week festival, showcasing nationally recognized artists and the center's three orchestras. The Independence Day concert at Whittington-Pfohl open-air auditorium features live cannons during the 1812 Overture. Keith Lockhart is musical director.

Ricky Skaggs with Orchestra, Shanghai Quartet, Adam Goltzman and the Texas Guitar Quartet, Leningrad Symphony, Amernet String Quartet, Sidney Outlaw, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, and more.
Additional shows include: Kurt Weill Cabaret, Music of Kurt Weill, Kurt Weill on Broadway, Jazz @ Brevard, Opera's Greatest Hits, Beethoven 5 (Garrick Ohlsson, piano), Patrushka (Anne Akiko Myers, violin), Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Mayuko Kamio, violin), Maud Powell: An American Legend, Don Pasquale, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 (Lise de la Salle, piano), Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 (Norman Krieger, piano), The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan, many more.

Festival site: Brevard Music Center and nearby venues

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Performance times and individual admission fees vary; see the calendar.

See the 2017 Subscription Guide for individual show and package prices, as well as show times, venues, etc.

June 9 - 10    Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden

The Charlie Poole Festival has been cancelled for 2017. It will move to Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, N.C., and resume in the Summer of 2018, the website says.

The festival honoring the legacy of North Carolina string bands and roots music includes a dozen musicians' competitions in addition to stage shows Friday evening, and the presentation a lifetime achievement award to the headlining artist. It is a project of Piedmont Folk Legacies, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the musical and cultural legacy of the Piedmont, and celebrates its influence on American vernacular music as exemplified by banjoist Charlie Poole who, with his North Carolina Ramblers in the 1920s, had a great influence on the development of bluegrass.

TBA. 2016 lineup was Bob Carlin and Cheick Hamala Diabate, Seth Swingle, The Zinc Kings, plus competitors.

Festival site: Governor Morehead Park

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Stage shows 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; competitions begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and are followed by dance at 8:30 p.m. and awards ceremony.

Two-day pass: $25.
Daily: $15.

Camping: $10 per night, $20 maximum.

Competition categories: Youth Band, Youth Instrument, Youth Vocal, Flatpick Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Open Instrument, Solo Vocal, Duet Vocal, Bluegrass Band, Old Time Band, Folk Song, Poole Song, Grand Prize - Three-Finger Banjo.

June 9 - 10    Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon

The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival has been cancelled for 2017. "We hope to bring it back in 2018," organizers say.

In addition to a barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society that awards $20,000 in prize money, the festival presents two stages with a variety of music, a crafts fair, a classic car show, carnival rides and more.

TBA. 2016 lineup included The Marcus King Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, The Steepwater Band, and 18 more.

Festival site: Harmon Field

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10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

$8, younger than 13 and active military free; free admission until 2 p.m. Friday.

June 9 - 11    GroverFest - Union Grove

GroverFest presents local and East Coast bands representing music genres from across the board for an all-ages event. The festival also presents a variety of visual art and food vendors, workshops, and more. Festival attendance is to be limited to 650 people on site. GroverFest is in its 11th year and a new location in 2017.

Duk Tan, Coddle Creek, ESP, Metaphonia, Yesterday's Gravy, Barefoot Wade, Dirk Quinn Band, Moses Jones, Imperial Blend, Midnight Airwave, The Good Night Brothers Band, Knock on Wood, Kodiak Brotherhood, Galaxy Jam, The Message, Bloodworth Project, Marcus Horth Band, Late Night Special, Back Yard Dirt, The Broad Pickups, Marvelous Funkshun, Crackers and Snackmeat, Sirius B, Sojourn of Sparrows, Grover Jam.

Festival site: Fiddler's Grove

Music starts 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Weekend pass: $60.
Daily: $30

Camping: Tickets include primitive camping and parking.
Primitive car camping: $40, RV camping with hookups: $80.

June 10    Hoppin' Beats & Eats Fest - Greensboro

A Greensboro group that sponsors several food truck rodeos is adding four bands to a June event with 15 food trucks scheduled at Greensboro's minor league baseball park to create a new music festival in 2017. If all goes well, they hope to expand in 2018, organizers tell Carolina Music Festivals.

Big Something, The Mantras, Seabreeze Diner, Rinaldi Flying Circus.

Festival site: Grasshoppers Stadium

4 to 9 p.m.

$5 advance, $7 at gate.

June 10    Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs

The free all-acoustic show presents bluegrass and more, including cloggers, a silent auction, raffle, and art and food vendors. The festival benefits the Madison County Arts Council and is in its 22nd year in 2017.

Lillian Chase, Junior Appalachian Musicians, Joe Penland, The Midnight Plowboys, BMC and Stoney Creek Boys, Terry Roberts, Crooked Pine, Betty Smith, Roger Howell, Kate Campbell, Buter Holler, NC Wildcats, Owen Family, Green Grass Cloggers.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort and Spa

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Campground information here.

June 10    Lansing NC Blues Festival - Lansing

The festival debuted in 2016 with several regional blues acts.

Red Dirt Revelators, Smitty and the JumpStarters, Lawyers Guns and Money, Seth Williams, Half Baked Betty.
Friday evening pre-party at Molley Chomper in Lansing features Seth Williams and Terry V.

Festival site: Lansing Creeper Trail Park

6 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday


June 14 - 18    Southport Songwriter Festival - Southport

The ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance puts on the festival to celebrate local, regional and national songwriters and original music. Selected events throughout the week include a walking tour of Southport music venues, and a concluding concert that is free. The Wednesday night kickoff is in Wilmington at Ted's on the River. The festival is in its third year in 2017.

Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction (host band), Dark Water Rising, Chuck Larson, Tommy Edwards, LaNelle Davis, Jeanette and Johnny Williams, Laura McLean, Soul-R Fusion, Jeremy Truett, Howard Brothers, Karen Newsum.

Festival site: Downtown Southport (multiple venues)

Shows at various times (see website at link above for schedule).

Festival kickoff (Wednesday) $15; other events are a mix of free and charged admission; final show 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday is free.

June 15 - 17    Willow Oak Park Bluegrass Festival - Roxboro

Mike and Debbie Wilson, longtime partners with John Maness at the Bass Mountain Bluegrass Festival, carry on the tradition of family bluegrass shows at their own venue and also present a May beach music festival. Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road are the festival hosts.

Thursday: Charlie Oakley and Blazin Grass, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Steady Drive, Drive Time.
Friday: Bass Mountain Boys, Bluegrass Brothers, Sideline, Garrett Newton Band, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, Williamson Branch kids' show.
Saturday: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, Lou Reid and Carolina, Hwy 58, Cuttin Grass.

Festival site: Willow Oak Park

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Music starts 2 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and Saturday. Bands play afternoon and evening sets.

Three-day pass: $70 before June 1; $80 afterward.
Thursday: $25.
Friday: $30.
Saturday: $30.
Ages 13 to 16: $15 per day with parent; younger than 13 free with parent.

Camping: "Open field" camping free with three-day ticket, primitive camping $5 per night. Limited number of sites with electricity are $20 per day or $100 for entire week; $25 per day at gate.

No alcohol, smoking or pets in the concert area.

June 17 - 18    All Go West - Asheville

The All Go West street fair embraces the ideals of Asheville's local music (on three stages), art, fashion, food and beer, including food from west Asheville restaurants and breweries.

Gift of Gab, Empire Strikes Brass, Axxa/Abraxas, The Nude Party, RBTS Win; Phillips, Baum, Cardine, George McMurray and Sanders; Doc Aquatic, Midnight Snack, Big Mean Sound Machine, Stephanie Morgan, The Bronzed Chorus, Nest Egg, Mike Lived, King Garbage, Jamar Woods Acoustic Band, Forlorn Strangers, Young Bull, In Plain Sight, Ouroboros Boys, The Digs, All The Saints, Les Amis, DJ Bowie, White Whoolly, The Ragbirds, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Shallows, Matt Townsend and the Wild Lights, Foul Mouthed Jerk, Dr. Ock, Strength in Covers (feat. David Brown, Cailn Campbell, Andy Pond and More), The Space Cowboys and The Cosmic Girls, Dark Water Rising, Mike Rhodes Fellowship, Bryan Marshall and His Payday Knights, Mother Explosives, The No Ways, Mistresses, Bald Mountain Boys, Jackson Harem.

Festival site: Isis Restaurant & Music Hall and nearby

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11 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.


June 23 - 25    Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington

The annual festival presented by the Cape Fear Blues Society features local, regional and national acts, a blues cruise on board a motorized catamaran, an all-day open blues jam and musician workshops. The festival is in its 22nd year in 2017.

James Armstrong Band, Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations, Jon McDonald, Randy McQuay, Coastal Blue Band, Spider Mike Bochey, Dry Pond Blues Band, Brett Johnson and the Most, Slippery Jake and The Bad Brakes, Jaime Michele's Blues Connection, East On Ashland Avenue Blues Band.

Festival site: The Rusty Nail, Ted's Fun on the River, Wilmington Waterfront, more

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Saturday concert $20; consult the website for schedule and additional ticket prices.

June 23 - 25    State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

The 91-year-old gospel singing competition presents the previous year's winners Friday, nationally recognized recording acts in concert Saturday evening, competition Saturday and Sunday, and performances by the winners Sunday evening. The music is good and the competition is serious. The festival is held the weekend of the fourth Sunday in June each year. Click on the photo for more information.

Friday: Called Out, The Hinshaw Family, Potter's Will, Two for Christ, Trinity Quartet, The Shockey Family.
Saturday: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Walters Family, competing groups.
Sunday: Competing groups.

Festival site: Benson Singing Grove

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Friday: 7 p.m.
Saturday: singing begins 10 a.m., competition starts 2 p.m., concert 7 p.m., round-robin sing 9 p.m.
Sunday: round-robin sing 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., service 1:30 p.m., competition 2 to 5 p.m., award presentations 5:30 p.m.

Free admission.

Competition categories: Junior, Duet, Trio, Mixed Trio, Quartet, Mixed Quartet, Family, Choir, Bluegrass.

June 24    Sirens on the Mountain - Todd

The celebration of women's contributions to the arts returned in 2016 after taking 2015 off. "Sirens 2017 will be hallmarked by a smaller, local community vibe," the website says. Admission includes a catered meal and nonalcoholic beverages. Previously the festival has included an artisan village with visual artists, crafts people and healing artists.

Melissa Reaves, Ashley Heath, Amythyst Kiah, Shelby Rae Moore, Downtown Abby and the Echoes.

Festival site: The New River Barn

Noon to 11 p.m.

$35 early bird, $5 age 2 to 16; TBA advance, TBA at gate.

Car camping $15, primitive tent site $5.
Onsite parking ("extremely limited"): $5.

June 24 - July 29    Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro and points west

The Eastern Music Festival and School trains aspiring musicians between the ages of 14 and 22, and presents five weeks worth of classical and chamber music performances, plus jazz, blues and more. Gerard Schwarz is the music director. The festival is in its 56th year in 2017.

Hunter Bockes, Horatio Gutierrez, Jon Manasse, Anne Akiko Meyers, Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, Midori, Jason Vieaux, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Jeffrey Multer (concertmaster), and faculty musicians.

Festival site: Guilford College and other venues.

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Performance dates, times, prices and venues vary. Check the calendar here.

June 25 - August 5    An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone

An Appalachian Summer Festival is a multi- and inter-disciplinary arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theater, dance, film and visual arts.

Musical Artists
Yes with special guests Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Chris Botti, Jennifer Nettles, Sutton Foster, Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Midori (violin), more.

Festival site: Appalachian State University and nearby venues

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Performance times and admission fees vary. Get the schedule here.

June 25    Singing on the Mountain - Linville

The daylong sing at the base of Grandfather Mountain is the oldest ongoing old-time gospel convention left in the Southern Appalachians. The festival, which includes a mid-day sermon, is in its 93rd year in 2017.

Primitive Quartet, Rick Webb Family, Michael Combs, The Cockman Family, Amantha Mill, Patricia Smith, New Covenant, Smoky Mountain Reunion, Boone Mennonite Brethren Church’s Junaluska Gospel Choir.
Anne Graham Lotz is the speaker.

Festival site: MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain

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Music 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a break for the sermon at 1 p.m.

The festival is free.

Primitive camping on MacRae Meadows is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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