A pioneer of bluegrass and old-time music, Alice Gerrard received a Grammy nomination for her 2014 CD, “Follow the Music.” The self-penned title track is biographical, a personal testament to Gerrard’s musical journey pursuing her muse to bluegrass, honky-tonk and old-time country music. In 2001, IBMA awarded Gerrard a “Distinguished Achievement Award” for her contributions as a musician, founder and publisher of The Old-Time Herald magazine. On Sunday, Gerrard will perform a free concert at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. She will be accompanied by Scott Manring and Cliff Hale. The tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, are distributed starting at 2 p.m. for the 3 p.m. show. Get more info at ncmuseumofhistory.org.
▪ SPBGMA award-winner Lorraine Jordan and her award-winning Carolina Road band will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner. More info at lorrainescoffeehouse.com.
▪ The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance begins Thursday (April 16) and runs through Sunday at the festival site near Silk Hope. Four days of family fun include world-class music, dance, crafts, face-painting, hula-hooping, camping, and surprises galore. Nine-time IBMA fiddler-of-the-year Michael Cleveland and his acclaimed band Flamekeeper kick things off on Thursday, along with host band Donna the Buffalo, Big Fat Gap band and others. For schedule, ticket information and directions, see shakorihillsgrassroots.org.