Outdoor Music Guide 2014

dmenconi@newsobserver.comApril 17, 2014 

  • Outdoor concert listings



    4/22 – Jimmy Buffett

    4/25 – Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves

    5/3 – Hall & Oates, Robert Randolph; Band Together

    5/10 – Dierks Bentley, Chris Moore, Chase Rice, Jon Pardi

    5/29 – Steve Miller, Journey, Tower of Power

    6/7-8 – Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell

    6/22 – Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope

    7/8 – Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s

    7/15 – Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd

    7/19 – Lionel Richie

    7/20 – Kiss, Def Leppard

    7/22 – Fall Out Boy, Paramore

    7/23 – Dave Matthews Band

    7/25 – Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana

    8/2 – James Taylor

    8/8 – Keith Urban, Jerrod Niemann, Brett Eldredge

    8/13 – OneRepublic

    8/21 – Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett

    8/23 – Chicago, REO Speedwagon

    9/6 – Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr


    Downtown Raleigh; redhatamphitheater.com

    5/2 – Cage the Elephant, Foals, J. Roddy Walston and The Business

    5/17 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

    6/3 – Il Divo

    6/5-6 - Widespread Panic and Galactic

    6/12 – Vampire Weekend, Cults

    6/25 – Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket

    6/29 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Rick Springfield

    7/13 – O.A.R., Phillip Phillips

    7/14 – The Fray, Barcelona, Oh Honey

    7/17 – New Edition

    7/26 – Ray LaMontagne, Belle Brigade

    8/1 – Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker

    8/5 – Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson

    8/8 – Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, G. Love & Special Sauce

    8/20 - Old Crow Medicine Show

    8/22 – Boston

    10/3-4 – IBMA “Wide Open Bluegrass”



    6/14 – “1964: The Tribute”/Beatlemania

    7/12 – Loudon Wainwright III, Iris DeMent

    7/19 – Dan Zanes & Friends

    7/26 – Lisa Fischer, “20 Feet From Stardom”

    8/2 – Judy Collins

    8/9 – Carolina Chocolate Drops


    Cary; boothamphitheatre.com

    5/9 – Alabama

    5/17 – Opera in the Pines

    5/19 – Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss/Union Station/Jerry Douglas

    5/21 – Jack Johnson, ALO

    6/13 – Amos Lee, Lake Street Drive

    6/27 – Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Sam Hunt

    7/13 – The Band Perry, Craig Campbell

    8/3 – Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark

    8/14 – Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter

    8/16 – Josh Groban/N.C. Symphony

    8/22 – Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman


    5/24 – Beethoven’s 5th

    5/31 – Carmina Burana

    6/6 – The Music of John Williams

    6/7 – Broadway Romance

    6/14 – Cirque de la Symphonie

    6/20-21 – Mozart Festival

    6/28 – Legends of Beach Music

    7/4 – Independence Day

    7/12 – Around the World with the von Trapps


    4/30 – Boneslinger

    5/7 – Side Car Social Club

    5/14 – Peter Lamb & the Wolves

    5/28 – Marcus Anderson

    6/4 – Stephen Anderson


    Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham; dukeperformances.duke.edu

    6/3 – King Khan & the Shrines

    6/11 – Poor Rich Boy, Plume Giant

    6/18 – Spider Bags

    6/25 – Rosebuds

    7/2 – Hammer No More The Fingers

    7/9 – Richard Buckner

    7/16 – Portastatic



    4/17-20 – Ben Sollee, Donna Buffalo, Del McCoury, Indigo Girls, others

  • Freebie series

    “Midtown Beach Music Series”

    North Hills Commons, Raleigh; northhillsraleigh.com

    4/24 – Sleeping Booty

    5/1 – Liquid Pleasure

    5/8 – Band of Oz

    5/15 – North Tower

    5/22 – Fantastic Shakers

    5/29 – Tams

    6/5 – Embers featuring Craig Woolard

    6/12 – Hip Pocket

    6/19 – Holiday Band

    6/26 – Ken Knox and Company

    7/3 – Jim Quick and Coastline

    7/10 – Steve Owens and Summertime

    7/17 – Legacy Band

    7/24 – North Tower Band

    7/31 – Entertainers

    8/7 – Liquid Pleasure

    8/14 – Embers

    Midtown Park

    new North Hills amphitheater, Raleigh; northhillsraleigh.com

    Grand opening celebration

    4/26 – Legacy Motown Revue

    4/27 – Embers featuring Craig Woolard

    Midtown Bluegrass Series: Sunday Ramble in the Park

    5/18 – Darin & Brooke Aldridge

    6/15 – Claire Lynch Band

    7/20 – Terry Baucom & the Dukes of Drive

    8/17 – Erin McDermott Band

    9/21 – Front Country

    10/19 – Barefoot Movement

    Friday Night Tribute Series

    8/29 – Who’s Bad (Michael Jackson)

    9/5 – Crucial Fiya Band (Bob Marley)

    9/12 – Trial By Fire (Journey)

    9/19 – On the Border (Eagles)

    9/26 – Right On Band (’70s disco/funk)

    10/3 – Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi)

    10/10 – 20 Ride (Zac Brown)

    10/17 – The Breakfast Club (’80s pop)

    “Find Your Cool”

    CCB Plaza, Durham; sonicpieproductions.com/live-events

    5/8 – South Carolina Broadcasters

    5/15 – Tea Cup Gin

    5/22 – Gravy Boys

    5/29 – Strung Like a Horse

    6/5 – Nikki Hill

    6/12 – Chit Nasty Band

    6/19 – Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

    6/26 – PitchBlak Brass Band

    7/10 – Toon & the Real Laww

    7/17 – Africa Unplugged

    7/24 – John the Conqueror

    7/31 – Kenny Roby

    8/7 – Zansa

    WUNC’s “Back Porch Music on the Lawn”

    American Tobacco, Durham; americantobaccocampus.com

    5/15 – Southern Culture on the Skids

    5/29 – Mandolin Orange

    6/12 – Balsam Range

    6/26 – The Lee Boys with Love Cannon

    7/31 – YARN

    8/14 – Bombadil, Loamlands

    8/28 – Mipso, Victoria Lee

    9/4 – TBA

    “Six Sundays”

    Joyner Park, Wake Forest; wakeforestarts.org

    4/27 – Hot at Nights

    5/4 – Walking for Pennies

    5/11 – EG Peters Band

    5/18 – Boneslinger

    5/25 – Thelonius

    6/1 – Ironing Board Sam

    “Oak City 7”

    Downtown Raleigh; oakcity7.com

    5/29 – Atlanta Rhythm Section

    6/12 – TBA

    6/26 – Fastball

    7/10 – Kings X

    7/24 – TBA

    8/7 – TBA

    8/21 – Posies

    “Pickin’ in the Plaza”

    Downtown Raleigh; pickinintheplaza.com

    6/5, 6/19, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28 – Performers TBA

    Sertoma Amphitheatere

    Bond Park, Cary; townofcary.org

    5/3 – John McCutcheon

    5/10 – Mipso

    5/16 – Cary Town Band

    5/17 – SAS Showchoir

    5/30 – Triangle Brass Band

    6/7 – Old North State Brass

    6/13 – Triangle Wind Ensemble

    6/14 – South Carolina Broadcasters

    6/27 – Triangle Brass Band

    7/12 – Mountain Birch Duo

    8/9 – Boo Hanks & Lightnin’ Wells

    Freebie one-offs

    4/25 – The Love Language (Cameron Village, Raleigh)

    Art of Cool Festival

    (Durham, aocfestival.org; outdoor portion is free)

    4/25 – Mel Melton, NCCU Combo, Yolanda Rabun, Peter Lamb/Wolves (Durham Central Park)

    4/26 – Cody ChesnuTT, Revive Big Band, Brian Horton, Laura Reed & Zoocru, Ryan Hanselar, Stanley Baird Group (Diamond View Park/American Tobacco Complex, Durham)


    Downtown Raleigh; artsplosure.org

    5/17 – Tift Merritt, Maria in the Shower, Johnny A., Kim Wempe Band, Jonathan Boogie Long

    5/18 – Alejandro Escovedo, London Souls, Chastity Brown, Tim Chaisson, Hazelwood

It took longer than usual for winter to give way to spring this year, but outdoor-music season is finally – FINALLY – upon us. The season commences this weekend with Indigo Girls, Del McCoury and others playing Chatham County’s Shakori Hills GrassRoots Spring Festival, and Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre starts its 24th season Tuesday with longtime favorite Jimmy Buffett.

The area’s other outdoor venues are following close behind. Here are some particulars and one tantalizing tidbit: There might be a Farm Aid show in the Triangle sometime this year with acts including Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp (both of whom have offspring at Duke University). Stay tuned!

(To view the outdoor music guide on a mobile device, visit triangle.com/omg.)

Walnut Creek

For the second time in its history, Raleigh’s city-owned 20,000-capacity venue is without a title sponsor. No one has stepped in after Time Warner Cable opted out of its deal last year, so it looks like 2014 will be back to The Creek.

As always, arena-country acts are Walnut Creek’s main focus. Eight of 20 shows on the books so far are country, starting with Lady Antebellum on April 25 and including Dierks Bentley (May 10) and Tim McGraw (June 22). The local charity group “Band Together” will have its next show at Walnut Creek – Hall & Oates on May 3. Walnut Creek already has 20 shows on the schedule for this season, the same number that played there in all of 2013.


Booth Amphitheatre

Cary’s 7,000-capacity joint has plenty going on, anchored once again by the N.C. Symphony’s nine-event Summerfest. The Symphony will also be at Booth to back up operatic pop singer Josh Groban (Aug. 16). Other highlights include the Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss double bill (May 19), surfer dude Jack Johnson (May 21) and country youngsters The Band Perry (July 13). Booth is also doing its “Hob Nob Jazz Series” on the back deck again with local jazz acts, on Wednesdays starting April 30.


Red Hat Amphitheater

Downtown Raleigh’s 5,600-capacity amphitheater is also busy and varied, with a healthy dose of alternative rock starting with Cage the Elephant (May 2), Vampire Weekend (June 12) and The Fray (July 14). Also, make plans for R&B mad scientist George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic next month (May 17), and this fall’s “Wide Open bluegrass” shows (Oct. 3-4, acts still to be announced).


N.C. Museum Of Art

Six shows are on the schedule so far, highlighted by a Loudon Wainwright III/Iris Dement double-bill (July 12) and the pairing of R&B singer Lisa Fischer with the acclaimed documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” (July 26). Expect eight to 10 shows by the end of the season.


Music in the Gardens

Most of the acts at this seven-show Duke Performances series are tied in to Merge Records, the Durham-based label celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year. So look for garage-rockers King Khan and the Shrines (June 3), local heroes Rosebuds (June 25) and singer-songwriter Richard Buckner (July 9).


Free shows

• On the free-show front, Raleigh’s North Hills district is expanding its offerings this year with Midtown Park, a new amphitheater space that has its grand opening April 26-27 with Legacy Motown Revue and the Embers. The amphitheater will also have a PineCone-sponsored “Sunday Ramble in the Park” bluegrass series, and a Friday Night Tribute Series. The retail area’s Commons will again have its “Midtown Beach Music Series” Thursday evenings through mid-August.

• In Durham, “Find Your Cool” returns with 13 Thursday-evening shows at CCB Plaza, opening with South Carolina Broadcasters on May 8. There’s also a “Warehouse Blues Series” coming to Durham Central Park starting in July (acts to be announced). And where most of Durham’s “Art of Cool Festival” happens at indoor venues April 25-26, it does have a free outdoor portion. Bluesman Mel Melton will be the April 25 headliner at Durham Central Park, and neo-soul artist Cody ChesnuTT is the April 26 headliner at American Tobacco’s Diamond View Park.

• Downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza will be busy with two concert series, the seven-show “Oak City 7” starting in late May and the six-show PineCone-sponsored “Pickin’ in the Plaza” starting in June. Acts have yet to be announced for the latter series, but “OC7” headliners include Fastball (June 26), King’s X (July 10) and the Posies (Aug. 21). Downtown Raleigh’s Artsplosure has a well-above-average lineup this year, with beloved expatriate Tift Merritt May 17 and Texas soul-punk Alejandro Escovedo on May 18.

• Wake Forest has its “Six Sundays” series back at Joyner Park, beginning with the Hot at Nights on April 27. Over in Cary, Bond Park’s Sertoma Amphitheatre has 11 shows highlighted by acclaimed singer-songwriter John McCutcheon on May 3.

• Raleigh’s Cameron Village is presenting the very fine local act The Love Language on April 25, as a tribute of sorts to The Subway – Cameron Village’s long-ago complex of subterranean nightspots that was the center of Raleigh’s live-music nightlife before closing in the early 1980s. But no one should get their hopes up about the Cameron Village Underground turning into nightclubs again; that space is being turned into a receiving and storage area. As Cameron Village management put it in a statement, “Not exciting but necessary. Sometimes all we are left with are the memories.”

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