Since 1989, the North Carolina Arts Council has bestowed upon our state’s outstanding traditional artists the prestigious North Carolina Heritage Award. The award honors creativity on a broad spectrum of representational and expressive folk traditions, including ceramics, fiber, painting, woodcraft and music. On Tuesday, the awards ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. This year’s honorees include fiddler Bobby Hicks, weaver Susan Morgan Leveille, potter Sid Luck, jazz, rhythm and blues musician William “Bill” Myers, and Haliwa-Saponi flute virtuoso Arnold Richardson. Hicks, Myers and Richardson will perform. For information and tickets, visit ncarts.org or call 919-664-8302.
• Bluegrass guitarist Tommy Edwards will play from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Roost in Fearrington Village. On Saturday, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road (along with Little Roy and Lizzie) offer a bluegrass concert at Garner United Methodist Church.
• On Tuesday, Stan Brown, LaNelle Davis and Tommy Edwards will present music and a discussion of “North Carolina: The Other Bluegrass State” at the Randolph Public Library in Asheboro. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. More info at randolphlibrary.org.
• On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Piedmont Melody Makers (Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale and Jim Watson) will pick and sing bluegrass and old-time classics at Durham’s Blue Note Grill.