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April 2016

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


April 7 - 9    Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro

Like several other bluegrass festivals, most bands play afternoon and evening sets. Big Lick is in its 13th year in 2016.

Artists
Thursday: Open mic.
Friday: The Spinney Brothers, A Deeper Shade of Blue, Sideline, Wood Family, Renaissance Bluegrass Band (Bethel University).
Saturday: Joe Mullins, Balsam Range, The Spinney Brothers, Malpass Brothers, Renaissance Bluegrass Band (Bethel University).

Festival site: Big Lick Festival Park


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6 p.m.-until Thursday, 1 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $50 before April 1, $73 afterward.
Thursday: $11, ages 12 to 16 $5, younger free.
Friday: $28, ages 12 to 16 $10, younger free.
Saturday: $33, ages 12 to 16 $10, younger free.
After 6 p.m. Saturday (only): $20.

Camping on-site with limited hookups.

April 8 - 10    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 the race course, plus concerts each day. There's also a health and fitness expo at the Raleigh Convention Center Friday and Saturday. 2016 is its third year in Raleigh.

Artists
Friday: Gavin DeGraw, Marc Scibilia, Jason Adamo Band.
Saturday: Men with Faces, Adam Pitts and Pseudo Cowboys, Mikemickxer, Peak City Blues Band, Fatmouth Trio.
Sunday: St. Lucia, Look Homeward, Four Founders.
  Along the race course: Men with Faces, Shaw University Pep Band, Time Sawyer, Dispense as Written, String Peddlers, Jason Adamo Band, Triangle Taiko, Restless Raleigh, Wakefield High School Pep Band, DJ George!, @Risk, Rescue Party, One Tribe, NCSU Pipe and Drum, Backfence Band, Gypsy Drug Store, August is Ours, Dudley Baggett Band, The Revolvers NC, Unchained, Daniel Nickels, Michael Daughtry Band, McCauliffe Brothers Band; Sincerely, Iris; DJ Dan, Norlina, Thunderstruck, Evolving Door, Last Call.

Festival site: Red Hat Amphitheater / Raleigh Convention Center / Citywide race course


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8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Friday: $25; VIP (two drink tickets, dedicated cash bar, PIT general admission in front of stage, and separate VIP line/entry) $102.
Other events are free, except for fees to enter the marathon.

April 8 - 10    Waterfront Jazz Festival - Mooresville

The festival promises three days of great contemporary jazz, plus a kickoff show on Thursday, and on Saturday and Sunday is running sightseeing cruises of Lake Norman with musicians playing onboard. Cuises, which are limited to 100 people each, are included in the price of a weekend pass, and go quickly.

Artists
Thursday: Paul Brown.
Friday: Spyro Gyra, Steve Cole, Oli Silk.
Saturday: Peter White, Richard Elliott, Althea Rene, Paul Brown, 5th and York; cruise: Elan Trotman.
Sunday: Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Everett Harp, Eroc Darius, Doc Powell; cruise: Nils.
More TBA.

Festival site: Queens Landing

6 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Cruises 11 a.m. Sold Out.

Three-day pass: general admission $150, premium seating $180.
Daily: general admission $55, premium seating $65.
Table of four weekend pass (includes one cruise, premium seating in addition to table): $1,000.

Seating, cash bar and food sales provided; no lawn chairs, coolers, tents or umbrellas.

April 9    Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 - Raleigh

The City of Raleigh's Earth Day celebration features four stages with a slate of performances by a diverse range of local musicians, plus environmental workshops, craft beer, food trucks, a kids' zone that includes bouncy houses and a crafts station, and more. Admission is free.

Artists
John Dee Holeman, The Love Language, Katelyn Read, Chaquis Maliq, LowderStill; Nixon, Blevins and Gage; Cory Branan, Jack the Radio, Dirk Quinn Band, King Ayloola and Pure Fiyah Reggae Band, Triangle Taiko, One Tribe Drum Circle.

Festival site: Compiegne Park

Music starts at 2 p.m.

Free. Festival-goers are encouraged to use alternative transportation to get to the event.

April 9    Beach Fest - Selma

The Farm, a special events venue just off of I95, has put on a day of top-line beach music since 2014.

Artists
Jim Quick and Coastline, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Band Of Oz, The Entertainers.

Festival site: The Farm

Gates open 11 a.m., music starts at noon.

$20 in advance, $25 day of show.

April 15 - 16    Phuzz Phest - Winston-Salem

The evening, mostly indoor, festival in downtown Winston-Salem presents about 50 genre-spanning acts ranging from nationally known acts to locals from Winston-Salem and greater North Carolina. The festival also presents a community bike ride, yoga in the park, a film screening in conjunction with the RiverRun International Film Festival, and more. Phuzz Phest is in its sixth year in 2016.

Artists
Shirlette Ammons, Neon Indian, Chairlift, The Oh Sees, White Denim, Yuck, Sunflower Bean, Lera Lynn, Boulevards, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Tow3rs, The Tills, Pipe, Naked Gods, Paik, Cashavelly Morrison, Skylar Gudasz, Audacity, Body Games, Linear Downfall, Quilla, Must Be the Holy Ghost, Dante CK, Brett Harris, Teardrop Canyon, Miami Dice, Make Light, Zack Mexico, Sumner James, Tange Lomax, Shadowgraphs, Hotline, Scrub Pine, Drag Sounds, Spirit System, Finks!, Molly Grace, Los Anacondas del Amor, Mauve Angeles; I, Anomaly; Tetragrammation, Jphono1, Lacy Jags, Mama, Star Wizard.

Festival site: The Millennium Center and seven other venues

7 p.m. to about 1 a.m.

Two-day pass: $60.
Daily: $35.

A few venues are for ages 21 and older.

April 16    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 craft beer, a silent auction of goods from downtown merchants, and a kids' zone. Proceeds benefit local child abuse prevention agency SAFEchild, and the Junior League of Raleigh's BackPack Buddies, which is a food program for school kids. Click on the photo for more information.

Artists
Front Country, Fireside Collective, Old Habits, The Moore Brothers, TreeHouse!.

Festival site: W. Davie Street


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Noon to 6 p.m.

$5, younger than 11 free.

April 18 - 24    Southport Songwriter Festival - Southport

The ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance puts on the week-long festival to celebrate local, regional and national songwriters and original music by providing educational workshops and events for songwriters, as well as concerts for the public. The festival is in its second year in 2016.

Artists
Missy Raines and the New Hip, Jeanette Williams Band with Johnny Williams, Claire Lynch and Bryan McDowell, Ian Davis, Louisa Branscomb, Eliza Gilkyson, Teresa Neal, The Howard Family, Blues Kings, Lamanuel Boykin and Company, Laura McLean, Tommy Edwards, Dennis Cash, Catesby Jones, Nyla Clone, Kathy Jensen, Lynda Dawson, Steve Bonafel, Beth Lee, Mitch Manis, Tony Rackley, Joe Smothers, Meris Gantt, Barry Bey, Gibri Ballard, Emma Hand, Gary Alan Ferguson, Jared Michael Cline, Travis Shallow, Emily Burdette, Dawson Sexton, Parker Lanier, Madison Drew, Mason Brendle, JoJo Settle, Jibri Ballard, Christine Martinez, Dale McPherson, Dennis Walton, Jeremy Truett, Drew Andrews, Langdon Shipston, Jordan Sutherland.

Festival site: Downtown Southport (multiple venues)

Shows at various times (website at link above has schedule).

Full access pass: $100.
Individual show prices range from $40 to $15, and a free kids' show Sunday.

April 22 - 24    NC Disc Jam - Mebane

The weekend is primarily a gathering for disc golfers, with tournaments and open play on "a challenging and scenic 18-hole disc golf course on site." There will also be live bands, open mic performances and jamming, as well as performance and visual artists and vendors, and a kids' booth with creative activities and toys. The festival, which debuted in 2015, is put on by the producers of July's The Big What?

Artists
The Travers Brothership, Dr. Bacon, Apples and Airplanes, Sky Blew, Psylo Joe, The Blenders, Coddle Creek, The Latecomers, Nathan Arizona and the New Mexicans, Juju Guru, C-Phlat, Mic Savvy.

Festival site: Lynch Farm

Gates open noon Friday.

Weekend pass (includes camping): $28 early bird (including all handling fees); later prices TBA.

Onsite registration for disc golf tournaments will require additional fees.



April 23    RockyFest - Hiddenite

RockyFest is mostly a day of climbing, rappelling and trail runs, but among the other festivities is a slate of live music performances and a picking tent. There will also be children's activities and food and arts and craft vendors. RockyFest is in its fourth year in 2016.

Artists
David Kerley with George Covetskie, Sugarloaf Ramblers, Cane Mill Road, The Neighbors, Strictly Strings, ShadowGrass, The YaYas.

Festival site: Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area

Music 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; event starts at 8 a.m.

Free admission.



April 28 - 30    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.

Artists
Thursday: Jeff Scoggins and Colorado, Trinity River, Bluegrass Brothers, Deeper Shade of Blue.
Friday: Flatt Lonesome, Sideline, Becky Buller Band, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Commonwealth Bluegrass Band.
Saturday: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Grass Cats, Darrell Webb Band, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Mickey Galyean and Cullen's Bridge.

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 April 10, $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.

April 28 - May 1    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.

Artists
John Prine, Jason Isbell, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tommy Emmanuel, Brandi Carlile, Jerry Douglas, Scythian, The Kruger Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Becky Buller, Donna the Buffalo, John Oates, Alison Brown, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Rowan, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Review, Tim O'Brien, Doug Seegers, Annie Moses Band, Ash Breeze, Jim Avett, Banknotes, The Barefoot Movement, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Roy Book Binder, Blue Mafia, Laura Boosinger, The Bros. Landreth, The Brothers Comatose, Mark Bumgarner, Carbon Leaf, Carol Rifkin with John Fowler and Jeanette Queen, Clyde's on Fire, The Commons, Commonwealth Bluegrass Band, The Contenders (Josh Day and Jay Nash), Kristy Cox, Sherman Lee Dillon, EmiSunshine, Fireside Collective, Foghorn Stringband, Grace and Tony, Britt Gully, Wayne Henderson, High Plains Jamboree, Bob Hill, Sierra Hull, In With The Old, Tom Feldmann, Fruteland Jackson, Jeff Little Trio, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Jeni and Billy, Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Kacy and Clayton, Karl Shifflett and Big Country Show, Jack Lawrence, Wanamaker Lewis, Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys, Liz Frame and The Kickers, The Local Boys, Bonnie Logan, Lou Reid and Carolina, Love Canon, Bill Mathis, Andy May, David and Valerie Mayfield, Penny and Sparrow, Sarah Potenza, Salvador, Shinyribs, The Slocan Ramblers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Steve and Ruth Smith, Joe Smothers, South Carolina Broadcasters, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, String Madness with Mitch Greenhill, Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band, Bryan Sutton; Sutton, Holt and Coleman; Tellico, The Buck Stops Here, Mark Tobolosky, Happy Traum, April Verch, Liz Vice, Seth Walker, The Waybacks, We Banjo 3, Charles Welch, Pete and Joan Wernick, Westwend, The Whiskey Gentry, Uncle Ted White, Shannon Whitworth, Will Overman Band, The Williams Brothers, Wood and Wire, Zoe & Cloyd, The InterACTive Theatre of Jef.

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 February 15, $245 after, $260 at gate; row 36-51 $210 through February 15, $220 after, $230 atgate.
Four-day general admission: $150 through February 15, $165 after, $180 at gate.
Friday-Sunday general admission: $135 through February 15, $145 after, $155 at gate.
Daily: $40, $45, $50 Thursday; $55, $60, $65 Friday; $60, $65, $70 Saturday; $50, $55, $60 Sunday.
Midnight Jam (Saturday in Walker Auditorium) (2015 price): $40.
Gold Patron Packages ($2,200) and Platinum Patron Packages ($2,600) for groups of four 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 29 - 30    White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella

The campground-based show is on the coast at the edge of the Croatan National Forest. Camping is not required to attend. The campground has a small water park and playgrounds, and food and beverage vendors will be on hand during the festival. A portion of proceeds will go to the Carteret Community College Foundation. White Oak Shores added a September festival in 2015.

Artists
Friday: The Rivers Band, Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, Kelly and the Cowboys, Hey Brothers, Boys from Carolina.
Saturday: Steady Drive, Constant Change, Sweet Potato Pie, Hwy 58, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion.

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: $35.
Daily: $20.

Camping package: $170 for two nights and two tickets for each day; additional people $35 each for two days; extra nights $50.
"Dry" camping is free.

April 29 - May 1    French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs

The festival focuses on the French Broad River, with a river cleanup, raft races and the French Broad River Festival Bike Race, in addition to the weekend of live music. There will also be local visual artists and other vendors, and a kids' village. Ticketed attendance is limited to 2,500. It is in its 19th year in 2016.

Artists
Pigeons Playing Pingpong, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Sol Driven Train, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Empire Strikes Brass, Cabinet, David Gans, Trongone Band, Sufi Brothers, Hank West and the Smoking Hots, The Josh Daniels/Mark Schimick Project, Love Canon, Alarm Clock Conspiracy, Screaming J's, Bobby Miller and the VA Daredevils, 3 Little Birds, The V-Tones, Mark Schimick and Friends, Station Underground.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground


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Three-day pass: $80.
Daily: Not listed.
"Whole Package" (weekend pass, campground parking and rafting): $160

Guided whitewater rafting: $45.

Campground parking: $40.

Primitive camping free with admission. Limited riverside and RV sites available by reservation online.

April 30    Triangle Beach Music Festival - Greenville

The Triangle Beach Music Festival relocates from Garner in Wake County to Greenville for 2016, its 18th year.

Artists
Band of Oz, The Embers, Hip Pocket, Spare Change.

Festival site: Pitt County Fairgrounds

11 a.m.

$20 in advance online, TBA at gate.



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