Its been a celebratory year for Town Mountain. Ashevilles talented bluegrass band scored double at IBMAs World of Bluegrass, taking Momentum awards for Band of the Year, while lead singer Robert Greer was named Vocalist of the Year. The bands latest CD, Leave the Bottle, has earned plaudits for being rooted in tradition yet opening the boundaries of bluegrass to new and scenic vistas. The band, featuring Chapel Hill native Bobby Britt on fiddle, brings its music to the Pour House in Raleigh Friday. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10. Tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door. More info: thepourhousemusichall.com.
• Also Friday , the Infamous Stringdusters will turn heads at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro with their progressive bluegrass, while the infamous duo Duke and Pinky perform a rare engagement at the Blue Note Grill in Durham. The gig will include multitalented Chris Brashear who, along with Jim Watson (aka, Duke) is a member of Robin and Linda Williams’ Fine Band. On Wednesday, Fiddle X (Barney Pilgrim, Clay Buckner, Don Mercz, Robbie Link, and Rob Ladd) will give a holiday concert at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. On Thursday, the Blue Note Grill hosts Carolina Lightnin’ bluegrass.