Carolina Music Festivals is a comprehensive calendar and guide to multi-act, daylong or multiple-day music festivals in North Carolina.

April 2014

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

April 4 - 5    BBQ Cook-Off & Bluegrass Jam - Asheville

It's mainly a barbecue competition, but live bluegrass and gospel - on Saturday - go down great with 'cue, and it's free. There are also a car show and kids' activities.

Whitewater Bluegrass Co., The Waymasters, Unspoken Tradition, Southern Crescent.

Festival site: Western North Carolina Farmers Market

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Noon to 8 p.m. Friday; music 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

April 10 - 12    Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro

Like several other bluegrass festivals, most bands play afternoon and evening sets. Big Lick is in its 11th year in 2014.

Thursday: Open mic.
Friday: Renaissance Bluegrass Band, Darrell Webb Band, Feller and Hill and The Bluegrass Buckaroos, Deeper Shade of Blue.
Saturday: Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Balsam Range, Nothin Fancy, James King Band, Renaissance Bluegrass Band.

Festival site: Big Lick Festival Park

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6 p.m.-until Thursday, 2 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $45 before April 1, TBA afterward.
Thursday: $10, $5 ages 12 to 16, free younger.
Friday: $25, $10 ages 12 to 16, free younger.
Saturday: $30, $10 ages 12 to 16, free younger..

Camping on-site with limited hookups.

April 13    Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is a series of marathon and half-marathon foot races in cities across the country accompanied by alternative, classic and punk rock, blues, jazz and soul bands along each mile of the race course, plus a festival and concert at the finish line afterward. There's also a health and fitness expo Saturday and Sunday. 2014 is its first year in Raleigh.

New Politics, Old Habits, Love Canon, Saint Apollo, Shaw University Marching Band, String Peddlers, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, My Three Kilts, The Equivocators, Time Sawyer, Men With Faces, New Sweat, The Johnny Folsom 4, DJ Dan, Backfence, Flimsy, Eyes of Emiline, LowBrow, Leward Fate, Matty Begs, DJ Brian Dawson, 3WB, Last Call, 180 Years, Mirror 7, Pork Chops and Ham Hocks, Davis Messina Band, Gypsy Drugstore, The Restless, Gary Mitchell Band, Trophy Husbands, McCauliffe Brothers Band, Wade Banner.

Festival site: Downtown Raleigh

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Events are free, except for fees to enter the marathon.

April 17 - 20    Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

The semiannual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (see October schedule) presents an eclectic mix of music - from rock to jazz and Americana, Cajun and klezmer - on five stages. There are also musicians' competitions, art and craft vendors, food vendors, games, a drum circle, children's activities and more. Donna the Buffalo is the host band.Click on the photo for more information.

Donna the Buffalo, Indigo Girls, Del McCoury Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Baloji and L'Orchestra de la Katuba, MC Yogi, Elizabeth Cook, Spam Allstars, Driftwood, Rising Appalachia, Big Something, J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices, Morning Brigade, The Brothers Comatose, Ben Sollee, The Last Bison, Tonk, The Barefoot Movement, Big Fat Gap, Big Ron Hunter, The Bulltown Strutters, Bubba Norwood, Captain Luke, Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, Chocolate Suede Waltz Dance, Deep Chatham, Des Ark, Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, DJ Bill Kelly, Greg Humphreys, The Iron Mountain Messengers, Kamara Thomas, Lacquered for Shine, Liquid Sound, Phil Cook and the Guitarheels, Preston Frank, Ranford Almond, Richard McVay.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

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Four-day pass: adults $80 until December 31, $90 until March 3, $100 until April 15, $110 at gate; ages 13-15 $45 until February 24, then $55.
Thursday: $23 in advance, $28 at gate; ages 13-15 $14 at gate.
Friday: $33 in advance, $38 at gate; ages 13-15 $19 at gate.
Saturday: $43 in advance, $48 at gate; ages 13-15 $24 at gate.
Sunday: $23 in advance, $28 at gate; ages 13-15 $14 at gate.
Younger than 13: free.

Camping: Tents $15; RVs $60 in advance, $75 at gate. RV more that 25 feet long or a vehicle and trailer pays double.

April 18 - 19    Indie Music Showcase - Mooresboro

Rockhard Distributors, an artists' management company, puts several of its bands on stage for a two-day show. There will also be vendors on-site.

Friday: Crimson Rose Band, Boobonic Chronic, AoK.
Saturday: Robot Lords of Tokyo, Revolution X, Dueteronomy Anno Domini, Jeff Gates Band, One Man Up, CC Rock Train.

Festival site: Circle J Farms

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Begins 9:15 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Free camping.

April 23 - 27    Moogfest - Asheville

The festival honoring Bob Moog becomes a five-day showcase of "the synthesis of technology, art and music" in 2014. It will present some 60 talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists during the day in addition to concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases with about 100 artists.

Kraftwerk 3D, Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A, Flying Lotus, Dillon Francis, CHIC Feat. Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Adult Art Department, Audion, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Black Dice, Blondes, Body Games, Bombassic, Bottin, Brett Rock, Com Truise, Daedelus, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Earthtone Soundsystem, Eaters, Ejecta, Eric Volta, Erika, Escort, Factory Floor, Green Velvet, Heads On Sticks, Hello Hugo, Hieroglyphic Being, Holly Herndon, In Plain Sight, Jimmy Edgar, Kaytranada, Keith Kemp, Kri and Amos Gaynes, Lapalux, LE1f, Les Sins, Louie Fresco, Machinedrum Vapor City Live, Mark Farina, Megafortress, Metro Area, Mike Huckaby, Mike Simonetti, Nick Monaco, Nitin, Noah Wall, No Regular Play, North Americans, patten, Publicist, Razor and Blade, Riff Raff, RBTS Win, RJD2, Sasha, Shigeto, Slow Hands, Soul Clap, The Crystal Ark, The Gaslamp Killer, The Jellyrox, The Volt Per Octaves, Thugfucker, Tiga, Tin Foil Hat, TOKiMONSTA, Two Fresh, Wolf Eyes, YACH, DLX, and more.

Festival site: 10 venues downtown

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Night and Day: $299.
Night (music): $199.
Day (conferences): $249.
VIP (all-access, VIP entrance and lounge, souviners, etc.): $499.
Engineer Package (VIP plus two three-hour synth building workshops with the Moog engineers): $1,000.
Legacy Package (two VIP passes, a moog synth and case, dinner with Keith Emerson, lodging at Grove Park Inn, transporation, etc.): $10,000.

April 24 - 26    Family Style Bluegrass Music 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.

Thursday: Balsam Range, Constant Change, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, Lawson Creek.
Friday: Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, Darrell Webb Band, Grasstowne, Bluegrass Brothers, Country Gentlemen Tribute Band.
Saturday: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Malpass Brothers, James King Band, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Sideline.

Festival site: Willow Oak Park

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Noon to 10 p.m., with a supper break from 5 to 6 p.m. Bands play afternoon and evening sets.

Three-day pass: $65 before April 7, $75 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.

April 24 - 27    MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest, one of the country's best music festivals, features Americana, bluegrass, country, rock and more by top acts, and old and new favorites on more than a dozen stages. Some bands play a single show but many artists play several shows throughout the weekend and sit in with other bands and performers. The festival honors the late Merle Watson and the Doc Watson family, and is a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. Click on the photo for more information.

Richard Watson; Merle Haggard; Ricky Skaggs; Alan Jackson; Carolina Chocolate Drops; Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys; Dailey and Vincent Quartet with Jimmy Fortune; Old Crow Medicine Show; Holly Wiliams; Keller Williams; Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott; The Steep Canyon Rangers; The Travelin' McCourys; The Waybacks; Balsam Range; Alison Brown Quartet; Sam Bush Band; Peter Rowan; Della Mae; Donna the Buffalo; Jerry Douglas; The Duhks; Jim Lauderdale; Larry Keel and Natural Bridge; Scythian; Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice; The Kruger Brothers; Sutton, Holt and Coleman; Lonesome River Band; The Steel Wheels; The Claire Lynch Band; Sleepy Man Banjo Boys; High Valley; Town Mountain; Todd Snider; Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen; The Deadly Gentleman; Mark Johnson and Emory Lester; Mandolin Orange; The Hillbenders; Soul and Grits; I Draw Slow; Chris Jones and The Night Drivers; Pete and Joan Wernick; Alan Bibey and Grasstowne; Rory Block; Roy Book Binder; Fiona Boyes; Darin and Brooke Aldridge; Shannon Whitworth; Nashville Bluegrass Band; Missy Raines and The New Hip; Red June; Tut Taylor; Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line; Del Rey; Jeff Little Trio; Mark Newton and Steve Thomas; Wayne Henderson; Jack Lawrence; Roland White; WBT Briarhoppers; Mary Flower; Josh Farrow; The Kickin Grass Band; Volume Five; Overmountain Men; Eleanor Ellis; Niall Toner Band; Riley Baugus; Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome; Mark Bumgarner; Buncombe Turnpike; Nick Chandler and Delivered; The Cockman Family; Nu-Blu; Moore Brothers Band; Toneblazers; Paul's Creek Band; Sheila Kay Adams; Tal Naccarato; Steve and Ruth Smith; The South Carolina Broadcasters; Jon Stickley Trio; Laura Boosinger; Zephyr Lightning Bolts, The Banknotes; Wayne Erbsen; Misty River Band; The Fox Fire; Sanctum Sully; Time Sawyer; Mountain Feist; My New Favorites; Kim Robins and 40 Years Late; Timmy and Susana Abell; BanjoRama (with Pete Wernick, Jens Kruger, Sammy Shelor, Alison Brown, Scott Vestal, Mark Johnson, Jim Mills, Rob McCoury, Terry Baucom, Ned Luberecki, Graham Sharp, the Travelin' McCourys and Bryan Sutton and "a few surprises"); and more.

Festival site: Wilkes Community College

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Gates open 2:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

14 stages; some in tents, three indoors.

Four-Day Watson Stage reserved seat: row 1-35 $235 through March 10, $260 after; row 36-49 $210 through March 10, $235 after.
Four-day general admission: $150 through March 10, $165 after.
Friday-Sunday general admission: $135 through March 10, $145 after.
Daily: $40 Thursday, $55 Friday, $60 Saturday, $45 Sunday.
Midnight Jam (Saturday in Walker Auditorium): $40.
Gold Patron Packages ($2,200) and Platinum Patron Packages ($2,600) are also available.

Several campgrounds are located nearby and are served by continuous bus shuttles.
On-campus RVs, four days: $450. On-campus tents, four days: $75.

April 25 - 26    Art of Cool Festival - Durham

The nonprofit Art of Cool Project works to present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music. The Art of Cool Festival, its biggest program of the year, focuses on expanding the audience for jazz-influenced music through more than 20 performances on two outdoor stages and at six indoor music venues. The festival also incorporates the NCCU Jazz Festival, which has been presented by the university since 1990.

Maceo Parker, Robert Glasper Experiment, Nnenna Freelon and Maya Freelon Asante, Alice Smith, Thundercat, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Russell Gunn and Electrik Butterfly, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Cody Chesnutt, Amel Larrieux, The Clayton Brothers, The Foreign Exchange, Revive Big Band, The Beast, Kneebody, Lois Deloatch-Gomes, NCCU Big Band, Rafiq Bhatia, Butcher Brown, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The Hot at Nights, Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz, Shana Tucker, Akua Allric and Kris Funn.

Festival site: Diamond View Park at American Tobacco Campus (map), Carolina Theatre and six other Durham venues

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Schedule TBA.

Two-day pass: $120.
Daily pass: $65.
VIP Pass: $275 for priority access to all shows, opening party April 23 at Nasher Museum of Art, VIP lounges and "secret VIP venues."

April 25 - 26    White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella

A campground-based show on the edge of the Croatan National Forest debuted in 2012.

Friday: Sapony Creek, Al Batten, The Malpass Brothers, Carolina Grass, Boys from Carolina.
Saturday: Sourwood Mountain, Ted Jones, Al Batten, Hwy 58, Damascus Ridge.

Festival site: White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort

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Noon to 4:25 p.m. and 6:15 to 10:40 p.m. each day; each band plays afternoon and evening sets.

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

Camping package: $150 for two nights and two tickets for each day; additional people $25 each for two days; extra nights $50.
"Dry" camping is free.

April 26    North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

The daylong show put on by The Pit restaurant in downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District presents bluegrass and roots music, barbecue and locally brewed beer. Proceeds benefit the BackPack Buddies program, which is a food program for school kids, and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Click on the photo for more information.

Old Habits, The Barefoot Movement, Acoustic Manner, Grits and Soul, The 23 String Band.

Festival site: W. Davie Street

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Noon to 6 p.m.


April 26    Triangle Beach Music Festival - Garner

The Triangle Beach Music Festival has been bringing top beach music acts to Garner each spring since 1999.

Band of Oz, Jim Quick and Coastline, The Holiday Band, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard.

Festival site: Bryan Farms

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Gates open 9:30 a.m., music starts at 10:30.

$25 in advance online, $35 at gate.

The festival accepts reservations (and fees) for pop-up tents.

April 26    Harmon Field Music Festival - Tryon

The fundraising event for Harmon Field presents local and regional artists. The 2014 show is its inaugural event.

Antibodies with The Pulse, Deadfields, Honey and the Rockers, Trophy Husbands, The Van Dangs, Jay Goree's Texilana Band, Jim Peterman Quartette featuring Wanda Johnson.

Festival site: Harmon Field

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10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

$5 advance, $7 at gate.

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