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

September 2014

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

September 4 - 6    Hopscotch - Raleigh

Hopscotch, put on by The Independent Weekly of Durham, presents more than 175 national and international bands from rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more at 15 downtown venues. The festival also presents bands at more than 30 day parties happening throughout the city.

Spoon, St. Vincent, Mastodon, De La Soul, The War on Drugs, Sun Kil Moon, Jamie xx, Death, High on Fire, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), IIII, FREEMAN, How to Dress Well, Lunice, The Haxan Cloak, White Lung, clipping., Reigning Sound, Tony Conrad, The Range, Sun Araw, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Mas Ysa, 6 String Drag, Prince Rama, What Cheer? Brigade, Jacuzzi Boys, American Aquarium, Nguzunguzu, Deniro Farrar, Mark McGuire, Mapei, Ka, Dent May, Diarrhea Planet, Jason Lescalleet, Ava Luna, The White Octave, Reptar, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, GEMS, Witch Mountain, SubRosa, Vaadat Charigim, KEN Mode, YVETTE, Potty Mouth, Valient Thorr, Landlady, MV & EE, Open Mike Eagle, Avers, Celestial Shore, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Obnox, Lee Noble, Zomes, TOW3RS, Author & Punisher, Eagulls, Helm, Slim Twig, Palehound, Lonnie Walker, Guerilla Toss, Saint Rich, New Madrid, Matt Kivel, Circuit des Yeux, Krill, Marley Carroll, Artificial Brain, Loamlands, Weyes Blood, Screature, Coke Weed, Axxa/Abraxas, Flesh Wounds, New Music Raleigh Presents: Future Shock, Toon & The Real Laww, Dead Gaze, Wing Dam, The Tills, White Laces, The Nervous Ticks, Joe Scudda, Naked Gods, Solar Halos, White Life, Dark Rooms, Last Year's Men, Body Games, WELL$, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, SoftSpot, Sun Club, Davidians, Soft Cat, Wild Fur, Zack Mexico, Museum Mouth, Sinners and Saints, Enemy Waves, First Person Plural, Paperhaus, Blanko Basnet, Holygrailers, Nest Egg, blursome, COLOSSUS, See Gulls, Y'ALL, Crowdsource, Wowolfol, Spclgst and Nicky Bagz, Cousins, Canine Heart Sounds, Matt Northrup, No Love, Ghostt Bllonde, Deep Sleeper, Demon Eye, PRIMOVANHALEN, Other Colors, Octopus Jones, Drag Sounds, Free Clinic, Judy Barnes, No Eyes, Strange Faces, Winston Facials, Madison Jay, Bedowyn, Wailin' Storms, FUNKSS, Young Cardinals, Tim Hecker.

Festival site: City Plaza, Fletcher Opera Theater and several clubs downtown.

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Multi-day Hopscotch tickets go on sale early in the year. As groups of "early bird" tickets sell out, the price rises. Prices include all taxes and fees.
Three-day pass: $95 "very limited," $105 "a larger batch"; $125 regular.
Three-day VIP pass: $180.
Daily all-access (on sale in June): $65 Thursday, $85 Friday and Saturday.
City Plaza shows (on sale in June): $40.

September 4 - 6    Catawba Valley Music Revival Music Fest - Cherryville

Catawba Valley Music Revival Inc. works to preserve and promote live music in the Unifour and surrounding areas of North and South Carolina by making sure it can be heard, appreciated and celebrated in a family-friendly environment.

Thursday: Blu Granite, open jam.
Friday: The Outliers, Nu-Blu, The Harris Brothers, The Griggs.
Saturday: The Roys, The Hurleys, Most Wanted Bluegrass, Gentlemen of Bluegrass.

Festival site: Private Farm on Coot Williams Road

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Music starts 6 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday; headliners on at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Some bands play two sets.

Three-day pass: $35 in advance, $45 at gate.
Daily: $20 in advance; $25 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

Free camping with showers available.

September 5 - 6    Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham

The Bull Durham festival has changed repeatedly over its 25-plus years, but for 2014 returns to its usual format of presenting blues and R&B acts in an auditorium show Friday night followed by an outdoor festival at the historic baseball park on Saturday. Food and craft vendors also join the outdoor show.

Friday: John Dee Holeman, The Campbell Brothers, Phil Cook, The Rousters.
Saturday: Kermit Ruffins, Shemekia Copeland, Grady Champion, The Ori Naftaly Band, The Calvin Edwards Trio, The Red Dirt Revelators.

Festival site: St. Joseph's Performance Hall, Durham Athletic Park (map)

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Details TBA.

September 6    In The Pines Bluegrass Festival - Goldsboro

The nonprofit North Carolina Bluegrass Association announced the inaugural In the Pines Bluegrass Festival in 2014, promising great music, exciting raffles, vendors, and more in an alcohol-free, family-friendly environment.

Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, Nu-Blu, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion, Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam, The Grass Strings, Carolina Tradition.

Festival site: Waynesborough Park

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some bands are to play two sets.

$20 in advance, $25 at gate.
Younger than 12 free.

September 12 - 13    Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd

The campground opened in 2013 near Boone and presented its first festival with local and regional performers. The show features side-by-side stages, resulting in less of a gap between sets, and will limit attendance to 500 people, the website says.

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Harris Brothers Band, Charleyhorse, The Carter Brothers Band, Lost Ridge Band, Melissa Reaves, Jeff Little, more TBA.

Festival site: Blue Bear Mountain Campground

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Two Day Pass: $55 in advance, $60 at gate.
Friday: $25 in advance, $30 at gate.
Saturday: $35 in advance, $40 at gate. Younger than 13 free.

Camping: (tents, pop-ups, small campers, and RVs): $90 per person, includes two-day festival pass, Thursday-Saturday night camping and a band playing Thursday night.

September 12 - 13    Mountain Song Festival - Brevard

Proceeds of the Brevard Music Center show hosted by Steep Canyon Rangers benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham County Line, Kruger Brothers, Della Mae, Shannon Whitworth, Seldom Scene, Milk Carton Kids.

Festival site: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center

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Gates open 4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday.

Two-day pass: $80; Friday $40, Saturday $47.50.
General admission seating; Children younger than 10 free on lawn or on lap of paying adult in auditorium.

September 13    Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival - Charlotte

The free festival presents a nationally known and local smooth jazz acts.

Adrian Crutchfield, Kenneth Carr and the Tigers, Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Robyn Springer.

Festival site: Symphony Park

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2 to 9 p.m.

September 18 - 20    Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills hosts competitions that award cash prizes in Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Folk Song, Bass, Youth Musicianship, Dance and Youth Dance categories. There are also square dances, musicians' workshops, a hoppin' john cookoff, and arts and crafts, musical instrument and food vendors.

Five Points Rounders, Berlicoco, The Hoppin' Johnnies, Erynn Marshall, Cary Fridley, Carl Jones and Erynn Marshall, Green Grass Cloggers, competitors and more.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

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7 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $22 in advance, $26 at gate; competitors $18 in advance, $20 at gate.
Thursday $6, Friday $8, Saturday $12.

Competitions and/or dances take place on the Grove Stage and in the Dance Tent (see our Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance page).

Camping: one vehicle and up to two tents $18 in advance, $20 at gate; RVs $26 in advance, $30 at gate; 110 volt electric hookup $15 (limited number). Outdoor hot showers available. Early camping available.

September 18 - 20    Dailey Vincent Land Fest - Denton

The popular bluegrass band Dailey and Vincent started their own festival in 2013. It includes a band contest with cash prizes and stage time for winners.

Thursday: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Darrell Webb Band, Primitive Quartet, Renaissance Bluegrass Band.
Friday: Dailey and Vincent, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, The Steel Drivers, Bobby Osborne and The Rocky Top X-Press.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, The Whites, Carl Hurley, Terry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive, band contest winner.

Festival site: Denton Farm Park

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Three-day pass: $130 reserved, $110 general admission; age 15 to 17 $67.50 reserved, $57.50 general admission.
Two-day pass: $80 general admission; age 15 to 17 $37.50 general admission.
One-day pass: $45 general admission; age 15 to 17 $25 general admission.
Younger than 15 free general admission with paying adult.

Tent camping with one vehicle is free with two-day pass, See the website for RV pricing.

September 19 - 21    Smiling Frog Music and Art Festival - Snow Camp

The weekend hosted by JuJuGuru (and previously known as Camp JuJu) is to include music, Khmer dancers, stand-up comedian, food vendors, a bonfire and camping.

Abe Reid and the Spikedrivers, Jive Mother Mary, Carri Smithey Band, Darkwater Redemption, JuJuGuru, Hey! Alligator, Nathan Arizona and the New Mexicans, Yesterday's Gravy, Them Damn Bruners, Drew Foust and The Slim Pickins, Hair of the Dog, Lee Thompson and Friends, Old Man Noize, Mir Dub Allstars, Tony Natalizio, J9, The Ends.

Festival site: Little Creek Vineyard

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Weekend pass: $20.
Daily: $10.

September 20    Apex Jazz and Music Festival - Apex

The festival presents jazz and blues on an outdoor stage and at several clubs, and by street musicians throughout the day. There's also a beer garden.

Main Stage: Peak City Sound, The Soul Psychadelique Orchestra, Heart Brigade, MikeMickXer.
Pub Bands: Saints Apollo, Jamrock Reggae, Secret Chords, Alex Gorodezky, Victor Haskins, Peak City Blues Project, Will McBride Group, Lowderstill, Straight 8s.

Festival site: Downtown Apex

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Main stage 3:30 to 11:30 p.m.; club shows 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

$10; beer garden drink tickets $5 each, or five for $20.

September 20    The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock

The day of music at the site of the famous mountain tourist attraction debuts in 2014.

The Harris Brothers, Wayne Henderson and Friends, Moore Brothers, Lacy Green, Buck Haggard Band, Shelby Moore, Carolina Ray, Cecil Palmer, The Steve Davidowski Band.

Festival site: The Blowing Rock

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Gates open 9 a.m., music 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

$25 in advance, $30 at gate.
Reserved seats: $35 in advance.
VIP tents and seating "available" (see website at link above).
Younger than 12 free.

September 20    Brewgrass Festival - Asheville

The festival hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association presents beer from about 50 local brewers and several bluegrass bands as a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.

Smoke from the Kitchen, Blue Highway, Lost River Cavemen, Fox Fire.

Festival site: Memorial Stadium

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1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


"This is an event for adults," the website says. "But if you have to bring the kids, they are welcomed for the price of a designated driver ticket. Kids under 7 get in free." Anyone younger than 18 must be with a parent.

September 25 - 28    Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo

The festival debuted in 2012 and has established itself as a major fall event on the Outer Banks featuring top bluegrass acts, a band competition, late-night dance and more.

Thursday: Banjo Island, The Corey Hensley Band, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, The Trinity River Band, Bluegrass Brothers, Steve Dilling and Sideline, The Lonesome River Band, The Wayfarers (street dance).
Friday: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Steep Canyon Rangers, Blue Highway, Sierra Hull, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Balsam Range, Code Blue, The Wayfarers.
Saturday: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Roys, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Adkins and Loudermilk, The Boxcars, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, The Moore Brothers, Carolina Road.
Sunday: Daley and Vincent, Nu-BLu, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Grass Cats, Larry Stephenson Band, The Bankesters, The Church Sisters, The Gentlemen of Bluegrass.

Festival sites: Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Gates open 10 a.m.

Four-day pass: $110; with backstage access $200; ages 7 to 12 $50.
Daily: $40; ages 7 to 12 $15.
VIP: Sold Out (parking onsite, chair in front of stage, festival souvenir bag, festival hat, etc.)

All non-VIP parking is at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where a $5 shuttle (all-day pass) is available.

September 26 - 28    H Blast! - Locust Hill

The festival's Facebook page promises long sets and short breaks, and says that in addition to the musical lineup, this is "the art fair of all kinds." Admission is limited to 500. Festival organizers began a May festival called Spring Fever in 2014.

Urban Soil, Aliver Hall, Black Narrows, Mason Via and Friends, Duk Tan, The Love Medicated, Key, The Heritage, Dubtown Cosmonauts, Coddle Creek w/ Somethin' Extra, The Family.

Festival site: Wagon Wheel Road

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Weekend pass: $60, available at shows by bands in the lineup and at the gate.

September 27    French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs

The hosts of the spring French Broad River Festival started the autumn festival in 2011, and added craft beers to its celebration of music and the mountains.

Yarn, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tony Trischka and Territory, Hymn for Her, Empire Strikes Brass, Mountaintop Polka Band, Wick-it the Instigator, more TBA.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground

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10 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

$75 (includes T-shirt, 5-ounce commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings)
Designated driver or younger than 21: $60.
Must be at least 12 years old to attend.

Camping free with admission, but it's $25 to park in the campground.

September 27    3B Music Festival - Union Grove

The 3B festival presents bluegrass, blues and barbecue, plus crafts and more in a benefit for the American Renaissance School.

Moose and Friends (formerly The Woodersons), Misty River Band, Evan Hoots and Friends, Rick Edmisten and Friends, more TBA.

Festival sites: Fiddler's Grove Campground

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11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

$10 in advance, $12 at the gate.
Younger than 15 free if accompanied by an adult.

Fiddler's Grove is an alcohol-free facility.

September 27 - 28    Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro

The festival presents more than 150 local and regional acts in all sorts of genres at about two dozen indoor and outdoor venues all day and into the night. For 2014 it has added a kickoff party the night before at the Cat's Cradle.

Marie Vanderbeck Group, Tim Smith and Eileen Regan and friends, Rhonda Robichaux Band, Lynn Blakey, The Carolina Blues Prophets with Tampa Blue, Saludos Compay, Sad Magazine, Pippa Hoover, The Carrborators, Archbishops of Blount Street, Broadleaf, Big Fat Gap, Rooster Logic, Phrench Vanilla, The Pinkerton Raid, Straight 8s, B Side Project, Bellflower, Bulltown Strutters, Milagro Saints, Too Much Fun, Black Dog Syndrome, Rebekah Todd, and many more.

Festival site: Downtown Carrboro

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2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday times vary at stage and venues but outdoor stages generally start at 1 or 3 p.m. and run to 7 p.m.; indoor venues, especially bars/nightclubs go into the evening. The festival's website has alphabetical, chronological and stage schedules.

A shuttle bus runs from remote parking to downtown between 1 and 6 p.m.

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