For the past 50 years, the Triangle area has been an incubator of bluegrass and old-time music. Bands such as Hollow Rock String Band, Fuzzy Mountain String Band and the Red Clay Ramblers set the example and raised the bar for those who followed. And the 2000 film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” brought a new generation into the music. Today, old-time and bluegrass music enjoy increasing popularity as young musicians look for meaningful alternatives to commercial pop pablum. On Monday, bluegrass pickers will gather for the Old Time & Bluegrass Slow Jam at Carrboro’s ArtsCenter. The music begins at 5:45. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Then on Tuesday, the ArtsCenter hosts another free bluegrass jam – the Durham-Chapel Hill-Hillsborough Old-Time Jam, which starts at 7. For information on both shows, see artscenterlive.org.
▪ On Wednesday, Leroy Savage and friends will sing and play bluegrass at the Original Q Shack in Durham.
▪ Carolina Lightnin’ performs Thursday at Durham’s Blue Note Grill from 7-9 p.m.