Live at Lunch concert series
The Town of Cary hosts a free concert series every Thursday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fidelity Bank Plaza, 100 W. Chatham St. Concerts start Thursday, May 7, with Jacob Lutz (singer/songwriter). Other shows are Hank Smith Duo (bluegrass) on May 14; Erin Mason (soulful country & folk-pop) on May 21; and Peter Lamb & Mark Wells Duo (jazz) on May 28. Tables and chairs will be set up. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch.
The free concert series kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, with the Polka Plus Band, who will be celebrating the 20th annual Frankie Yankovic Day. Upcoming concerts will be on the fourth Friday of the month from May 22 through Sept. 25. The concerts will feature Barrowburn on May 22; Bluegrass on June 26; Moment’s Notice on July 24; Jamrock on Aug 28; and Craicdown on Sept. 25. The concerts are in the gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. All concerts start at 7 p.m. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not. Call 919-460-4963 for weather updates.
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‘I Shall Rise Again’
The Triangle Brass Band will present “I Shall Rise Again” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For details, go to www.trianglebrass.org.
The Malpass Brothers
Goldsboro natives and siblings The Malpass Brothers bring their country music to the Cary Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at 101 Dry Ave. Tickets are $26 per person, $24 for ages 55 and up or $88 for the Family and Friends Four Pack.
‘Opera in the Pines’
“Opera in the Pines” will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Table seating costs $40, lawn seating costs $28 and lawn seating is free for ages 12 and younger at boothamphitheatre.com.
Walter Parks and Scott Ainslie
Walter Parks and Scott Ainslie will play in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for teenagers 13 and older and $10 for ages 12 and younger. Table seats cost $25 at www.etix.com.
‘Imitation of Life’
The Cary theater will screen “Imitation of Life” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets cost $5 at www.thecarytheater.com.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa will host a reception for Madonna Phillips’ exhibit “Order/Chaos” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary.
The Cary theater will show “Mad Max” at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets cost $5 at www.thecarytheater.com.
‘Two Lane Blacktop’
“Two Lane Blacktop” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, at The Cary theater, 122 E. Chatham St. Tickets cost $5 at www.thecarytheater.com.
Sertoma Concert Series
The Sertoma concert series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, with the Cary Town Band. The Sertoma Amphitheatre is in Bond Park, 801 High House Road. The Moore Brothers Band plays at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Concerts are scheduled May 29, June 5, 12, 13, 26, July 11 and Aug. 8. Acts and times vary. All shows are free and will be held rain or shine. For details, call 919-469-4069.
‘The Phantom Tollbooth’
Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents the children’s play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Advance tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors/students, and $5 children (5 and younger). All tickets at the door are $10.
‘The Best is Yet to Come’
The Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
A free concert by Wild Ponies will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the amphitheatre at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road.
Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Series continues with Liquid Pleasure from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, and Smile from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina.
‘Play with the Pros’
The 18th annual “Play with the Pros” concert with the North Carolina Symphony will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.
N.C. Symphony Summerfest Series
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 24, for the symphony’s summer series at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The season, which kicks off Saturday, May 23, will feature the symphony performing concerts in a variety of genres. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. but gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo.
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra
Route 55 Jazz Orchestra will present “The Best is Yet to Come” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at www.etix.com.
Celebration of the Arts Festival
The 12th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Alabama Shakes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the show. General admission is $45, and reserved table seats are $45 at boothamphitheatre.com.
A Swift Creek concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Road.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Lawn tickets are $39.75, reserved seats are $59.75 and reserved table seats are $59.75 at boothamphitheatre.com.
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The following shows are set for Koka Booth Amphitheatre. For details and tickets, go to boothamphitheatre.com.
▪ Alabama Shakes on Wednesday, June 10.
▪ Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Pixies on Monday, June 15.
▪ “Weird Al” Yankovic on Thursday, June 18.
▪ Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings on Saturday, July 18.
▪ Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat and Rachel Platten on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
▪ Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on Sunday, Aug. 9.
▪ Culture Club on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
▪ Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
▪ Jim Gaffigan on Friday, Aug. 14.
▪ Gregg Allman and The Doobie Brothers on Tuesday, Sept. 1.