Hob Nob Jazz Series
Cary’s Hob Nob Jazz Series concerts will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 3 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Tickets for each concert cost $5 (free for ages 12 and younger). The entire series costs $20. Patrons are allowed to bring food and pets on leashes, but no alcohol. For details, go to boothamphitheatre.com.
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. The series features Erin Mason (soulful country and 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.
‘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
The symphony’s summer series kicks off Saturday, May 23, at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
An American Celebration
An outdoor concert featuring memorable musical moments from films is Sunday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. The Triangle Wind Ensemble will play songs from “Ghostbusters,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and patriotic tunes. Tickets are $16 for general admission on the lawn and $26 for reserved tables with discounts for student,s seniors and military. Children 12 and under are free. Call 919-462-2025 or go to www.trianglewind.org.
The Cary Gallery of Artists will show artwork by guest artists Cynthia Mollenkopf and Dan Nelson through Tuesday, May 26, at 200 S. Academy St.
‘The Dining Room’
The play “The Dining Room” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors at www.etix.com.
Sertoma Concert Series
Sertoma concert series performances will be on May 29, June 5, 12, 13, 26, July 11 and Aug. 8, in Sertoma Amphitheatre at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. On May 29, the Triangle Brass Band presents Big Band music including “Strike Up the Band” and “In the Mood.” Upcoming acts and times vary. All shows are free and will be held rain or shine. For details, call 919-469-4069.
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.
Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina
The Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Series continues with Smile from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina.
The free concert series will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, through Sept. 25, in the gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. The series features Bluegrass on June 26; Moment’s Notice on July 24; Jamrock on Aug 28; and Craicdown on Sept. 25. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not. Call 919-460-4963 for weather updates.
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.
Send Arts Notes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Carolina Symphony kicks off its Summerfest Series Saturday, May 23, at Booth Amphitheatre with a program featuring classic compositions by Gershwin, Dvořák, Aaron Copland and John Philip Sousa.
This is the symphony’s 30th anniversary of performances in Cary and the 15th season at Booth Amphitheatre, according to the symphony. Booth Amphitheatre is at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary.
The 7:30 p.m. program features pianist Timo Andres performing “Rhapsody in Blue” (Gershwin); New World Symphony (Dvořák); and “The Liberty Bell March” (Sousa) featuring citizen musicans. When the citizen musicians head on stage, the orchestra’s size will double, according to the symphony.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
The series includes shows through July 9 with traditional classical music, ’80s tunes, Broadway songs, the music of Harry Potter and the Eagles. They also will perform at the popular, free July 4 concert with fireworks.
Here are the other shows:
May 30: Your Favorite Light Classics
June 6: Totally ’80s
June 12 and 13: White Night’s Russian Festival
June 19: An Evening of Broadway
June 20: Symphonic Wizardry featuring the music of Harry Potter
June 27: The Music of the Eagles
July 4: Independence Day concert. The free show includes fireworks. Gates open at 3 p.m.
July 9: The Hot Sardines (The symphony won’t perform at this show)
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.