Bluegrass festivals are as common in North Carolina as eastern vs. western barbecue debates and its no wonder, considering the contributions of the Tar Heel state to bluegrass music. The iconic banjo playing of Earl Scruggs may be at the top of the list, but others Clyde Moody, Curly Seckler, and the Steep Canyon Rangers, among them are also notable for their bluegrass gifts. On Friday and Saturday, many of our states finest will perform at Preddyfest in Franklinton. Fridays lineup features Loraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion, Constant Change, and Eddie and Martha Adcock. On Saturday, the Grass Cats, Constant Change, Malpass Brothers, Grascals and James King will perform. For more information, visit preddyfest.com.
• Asheville’s Town Mountain joins Big Fat Gap Band at Haw River Ballroom Friday. On Saturday, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will rock the N.C. Museum of Art. And Sunday, Craicdown brings its eclectic fare to Wake Forest’s E. Carroll Joyner Park.