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February 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

February 2 - 4    North Carolina Jazz Festival - Wilmington

The N.C. Jazz Festival provides an intimate setting and the opportunity to meet and chat with local and regional jazz artists who play in various combinations together. The festival is in its 37th year in 2017.

Thursday: Nnenna Freelon and her trio (Micki Hayama, piano; Wayne Batchelor, bass; Adonis Rose, drums), Sea Pans, Professor Cunningham’s Traditional Jazz Jam.
Friday and Saturday: Seven sets each night with 14 "all star" musicians, each with different leaders.
Musicians include: Adrian Cunningham (reeds, vocals), Anita Thomas (reeds, vocals), Bruce Harris (trumpet), Chuck Redd (vibraphone, drums), Dion Tucker (trombone), Herman Burney (double bass), Jim Fryer (trombone, euphonium, trumpet), Jonathan Russell (violin), Kate Thiroux (bass, vocals), Kevin Bales (piano), Marion Felder (drums), Nate Najar (guitar), Randy Reinhart (trumpet, cornet), Rossano Sportiello (piano).

Festival site: Hilton Wilmington Riverside

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7:30 p.m. each evening. Seating is "cabaret style" at tables of 10.

Thursday: $40, $25 military, $15 student.
Friday and Saturday (each): $60, $25 military, $15 student.
Patron Ticket: $225 Thursday-Saturday, $200 Friday and Saturday; includes reserved seats each night, musical brunch with all-star musicians, name in program.

Hilton's special rate for the festival is $119 per night (good until December 30, 2016).

February 3 - 4    Appalachian State Old Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone

The event features competitions, evening concert, a square dance, a luthiers gathering, jamming and workshops. Competitions are in guitar, banjo and fiddle, including youth categories, and mandolin, mountain dulcimer, band, folk song and dance. The Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Handmade Market features artists and crafters from Boone and the surrounding areas. The festival is in its 9th year in 2017.

Friday: Strictly Strings and caller Aaron Ratcliffe (square dance).
Saturday: Foghorn Stringband, Skillet Gap.

Festival site: ASU Campus: Plemmons Student Union (competition), Legends (concert and dance)

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Dance 8 p.m., beginners' lesson 7:30; competitions 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; concert 7:30 p.m.

Dance: $3 students, $5 public.
Fiddlers' competition: Free ($5 registration fee for competitors).
Concert: $5 students, $10 public.

February 3 - 5    Classic Rock'n'Roll Weekend - Asheville

The mountain resort remembers some of the softer sounds of the '60s and '70s.

Friday: Super Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute).
Saturday: Stayin' Alive (disco).

Festival site: The Grove Park Inn

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$411 per night and up. Includes accommodations, concert tickets, daily breakfast and more.

Must be 18 years old or older.

February 10 - 11    Neuse River Music Fest - Kinston

The benefit for the Lenoir Community College Foundation is mainly a bluegrass festival but also adds one or two country acts to the lineup. For 2017, a band competition has been added.

Friday Dailey and Vincent, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, The Garrett Newton Band, competing bands.
Saturday: Eddy Raven, The Grascals, Lorriane Jordan and Carolina Road, The Malpass Brothers.

Festival site: Lenoir Community College

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2 p.m. Friday (band competition), 2 p.m. Saturday; doors open 1 p.m. Except for headliners, bands typically play two sets.

Festival is in the college's 1,800-seat gymnatorium.

Two-day pass: $125, $65, $55, $10 younger than 13; disabled admission: $55.
Friday: $65, $30, $10 younger than 13; disabled admission: $35.
Saturday: $65, $35, $10 younger than 13; disabled admission: $35.
VIP ticket: $125, includes VIP seating and parking, backstage access, reception with Eddy Raven, more.

RVs (two-day ticket holders): free or $15 per night with water and electricity.

Indoor jam rooms for ticket holders.

February 15 - 18    Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill festival includes public performances by touring bands, artists in residence, faculty and students in addition to workshops and master classes for students. On February 18 the festival will host the 12th North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Carolina Jazz Festival is in its 40th year in 2017.

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, Dayna Stephens (artist-in-residence), UNC Jazz Band, UNC Faculty Jazz Ensemble, UNC student jazz combos, Charanga Carolina.

Festival site: Memorial Hall and Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall

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During the week, shows and open rehearsals are free.
Friday show with Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation ticket prices vary, with discounts for UNC students and faculty/staff.
Saturday show with Dayna Stephens and UNC Jazz Band $10 ($5 UNC students and faculty/staff).
Check with the Memorial Hall box office or at the link above for schedule and additional information.

February 17 - 19    Bluegrass First Class - Asheville

The hotel-based festival features a main stage, a showcase stage, rooms set aside for picking and jamming, and a kids' bluegrass workshop and performance for ages 6 and up. Main stage acts generally play afternoon and evening sets. A "quiet wing" of rooms on one floor of the host hotel is set aside for those who need some time in a no-jamming zone. Bluegrass First Class is in its 22nd year in 2017.

Friday: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, The Grascals, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Blue Mafia, Appalachian Fire, Will Clark and Rhythm Section.
  Showcase stage: TBA.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, Seldom Scene, John Cowan with Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Flatt Lonesome; Jamie Dailey, Lou Reid, Terry Baucom w/ BJ Cherryholmes and Marcus Smith; Town Mountain Bluegrass, Carolina Blue.
  Showcase stage: TBA.
Sunday: Flatt Lonesome, Carolina Blue.

Festival site: Crowne Plaza Resort

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Main stage: 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Two-day pass: $98 general admission (plus $12.48 fee and sales tax), $164 reserved seats (plus $20.45 fee and sales tax).
Daily: $49 (plus $6.55 fee and sales tax).
Sunday: Free.

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