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February 2018 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

February 1 - 3    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 38th year in 2018.

Thursday: Rossano Sportiello, The Nicki Parrott Trio, Mangroove.
Friday and Saturday: Seven sets each night with six or seven musicians, each with different leaders.
Musicians include: Cynthia Sayer (banjo), Nate Najar (guitar), Jonathan Russell (violin), Debbie Kennedy (bass), Herman Burney (bass), Chuck Redd (drums), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Conal Fowkes (piano), Dion Tucker (trombone), Jim Fryer (trombone), Adrian Cunningham (reeds), Scott Robinson (reeds), Bruce Harris (trumpet), Ed Polcer (trumpet).

Festival site: Hilton Wilmington Riverside

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7:30 p.m. each evening. Seating is "cabaret style" at tables of 10, and may be reserved in groups of 10.

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

The Hilton offers a special rate for the festival.

February 8 - 10    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 10th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Foghorn Stringband, Skillet Gap and more.

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 15, 23-24    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. In 2017, the festival began hosting the North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Carolina Jazz Festival is in its 41st year in 2018.

February 15: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet.
Alphonso Horne, Patrick Bartley Jr., UNC-CH jazz faculty, UNC Jazz Band, UNC jazz combos, N.C. Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival.

Festival site: Memorial Hall, Kenan Music Building, Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall

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Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet $25, with discounts for UNC students and faculty/staff. 7:30 p.m.
An open rehearsal and concert by UNC Jazz Combos with Artist-in-Residence Alphonso Horne and Patrick Bartley, Jr. on Friday, and the high school festival all day Saturday are free.
UNC Jazz Band with Artists-in-Residence Alphonso Horne and Patrick Brantley Jr. 8 p.m. February 24, $10 ($5 if UNC faculty/staff or students).

February 16 - 18    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 23rd year in 2018.

Friday: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Sideline, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, Flatt Lonesome, Seldom Scene, Lonesome River Band; Jamie Dailey, Lou Reid, Steve Dilling and Marcus Smith; The Gaines Family, Blue Mafia.
Sunday: TBA.

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, $168 reserved seats.
Daily: $49.
Sunday: Free.

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