North Carolina’s 2016 outdoor music festival season begins this weekend with two large events in Raleigh and a third dedicated to beach music in nearby Selma.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: At the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Friday through Sunday in downtown Raleigh, runners will certainly outnumber musicians, but the musical portion of the festival will still offer about 40 bands.
In addition to the weekend’s 5K on Saturday and marathon and half-marathon Sunday, shows at Red Hat Amphitheater will present singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw and two others Friday, and pop band St. Lucia and two others Sunday. On Saturday, four local bands – Adam Pitts and Pseudo Cowboys, Mikemickxer, Peak City Blues Band and Fatmouth Trio – play outside the Raleigh Convention Center all day as a health and fitness expo goes on inside. On Sunday, 29 bands play at various stops on the marathon course.
DeGraw’s show begins at 8 p.m. and is $25, but the others are free. Saturday’s shows are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and bands play along the marathon course and at Red Hat 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Info: runrocknroll.com/raleigh.
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Live & Local: Raleigh celebrates Earth Day on Saturday with Live & Local Earth Day 2016 in and around Compiegne Park on Hillsborough Street. In addition to 12 musical acts and more on four stages, the free festival features a kids’ zone, bouncy houses, food trucks and environmental workshops. John Dee Holeman, The Love Language, and Nixon, Blevins and Gage are among the performers. Music starts at 2 p.m. Info: hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2016.
Beach Fest: Outside Raleigh, Beach Fest on Saturday at The Farm concert venue in Selma will host Jim Quick and Coastline, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Band of Oz and The Entertainers. That show starts at noon and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Info: thefarmnc.com.
Get details about these shows and seven more April music festivals at carolinamusicfests.com.
More April festivals
▪ North Carolina ’Cuegrass Festival on April 16 in downtown Raleigh presents Front Country, Fireside Collective and three more bands in a benefit for child abuse prevention agency SAFEchild and the Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies. The noon-6 p.m. event is also a barbecue and craft beer festival put on by The Pit restaurant. Admission is $5; free for ages 12 and younger; food and drinks are extra. Info: cuegrass.com.
▪ MerleFest, April 28-May 1 in Wilkesboro, presents John Prine, Jason Isbell, Dave Rawlings Machine, Steep Canyon Rangers and about 100 more on 13 stages. Info: merlefest.org.
▪ The Triangle Beach Music Festival, which was in Garner for 17 years, moves to Pitt County Fairgrounds in Greenville for an April 30 show with Band of Oz, The Embers, Hip Pocket and Spare Change. Info: trianglebeach.com.
Note: In another change to the April schedule, the spring edition of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Chatham County’s Silk Hope has moved to May 5-8 this year.