Events


Bynum Front Porch Open House and Holiday Bazaar!
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Bynum Front Porch Open House and Holiday Bazaar!

This year the Bynum Front Porch Open House and Holiday Bazaar will be from 10-4 and include:
Diane Best - Knitted Hats, Felt Keychains, Ornaments, Baby Blankets
Dolly Ellis – Tin men, Ornaments, Tin Reindeer
Amanda Cox Greiner and Craig Greiner of Greiner Studio - Painting, Photography
Clapping Hands Farm's Louise Omoto Kessel – Hand Crafts
Deborah Kidd - Cocoa's Goat Milk Soap, Goat Milk Lotion, Sugar Scrubs & more
Dede Loops - Fabrics, repurposed items
Savannah Matthews - Cookies, soap, scrubs
Janet Quisenberry – Hand crafts
Emma Skurnick - Paintings, cards & more
Caren Stuart - convoluted notions by caren stuart Jewelry, Ornaments, Decorations
Ken Tunnell - Soda Bottle glasses
David Vick - Metal Yard Sculptures

We'll also have hot cider, chicken cracker stew (a Bynum tradition!) and other goodies! Bluegrass picking 10-12 by the Bynum Front Porch Pickers and acoustic music in the afternoon by GrayMatter. Toe tapping music, good nosh, and easy Christmas shopping too? WHO NEEDS ANYTHING ELSE? :-) 

Note: Fox - detail of painting by Emma Skurnik

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Fall Workday at Bynum Front Porch
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Workday at Bynum Front Porch

It's time to spruce up the Bynum General Store for the holidays, plant some plants, do a little carpentry, sort some toys games and books! Decorate the Christmas Tree! 

Bring your tools and gloves. Drinks and snacks provided! Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd. Pittsboro, NC.

Community Service credits are available - for 1-3 hours. Get the form from your Guidance Counselor and have it signed by your BFP team leader. 

Bynum Front Porch thanks you! ♥

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Tellabration! Bynum Front Porch Storytelling
Nov
11
6:30 PM18:30

Tellabration! Bynum Front Porch Storytelling

Join us for TELLABRATION at Bynum Front Porch! Storytelling by NC's best tellers and a few local folks that like to spin a good yarn: J.a. Bolton from Rockingham, Ron I. Jones from Durham, Eric Bannan from Pittsboro and Candace Knotts from Bear Creek! Our favorite Bynum storyteller, Cynthia Raxter emcees. 

The storytelling show is a Bynum Front Porch series - at the Bynum General Store on the second Saturdays, September - May. You'll hear heartfelt real-life stories, funny stories, standup comedy and folk tales too. The stories are family friendly "most enjoyed by those 8 and above!" A $10 donation is suggested. There are refreshments too - bring a snack to share if you'd like! It's a really good evening with friends: visiting and hearing great stories!

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Bluegrass Experience
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Bluegrass Experience

Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience has been a North Carolina institution since the band formed in 1971! The band members are::

 

Mike Aldridge-mandolin

Stan Brown-banjo

Tommy Edwards-guitar

Thomas "Snuffy" Smith-bass

Keith Thomas-fiddle

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bluegrass.experience

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfxl1joUSBg

More info: www.life1031.com/host_detail.cfm?id=7

 

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Durham Ukulele Orchestra
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Ukulele Orchestra

The Durham Ukulele Orchestra organically grew out of a ukulele jam session. At practice sessions, the band began to mix together their wide range of tastes into a cohesive and delicious “musical soup" - from jazz standards to art rock classics like Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads.

 

Bending to the will of four-stringed instruments, the orchestra continues to turn out surprising and delightful renditions from the world of popular music. And although the band is very serious about what they do, (as serious as ukuleleists can be) the central idea behind D.U.O. has always been fun. Fun music to play and fun for audiences to listen to! The band’s love for playing with each other keeps this tiny juggernaut rolling on.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Durham-Ukulele-Orchestra-409320179102594

Website: durhamukuleleorchestra.com

Video: vimeo.com/13577861

 

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Gospel Jubilators
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Gospel Jubilators

Using "only the instruments God gave them," the Gospel Jubilators unadorned vocal harmony and powerful spiritual message has carried the torch of the jubilee tradition.for 45 years. Daniel Massenburg, Don Adair, Frederick Tyson, Robert Sherrill, and Harry Leak perform a cappella music with rare purity and soul -- highlighting vocal traditions of the golden age of '30s and '40s gospel. “You can feel the spirit in your bones.” as their voices rise in song.

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Swift Creek
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Swift Creek

Swift Creek’s highly original songs feature strong traditional and progressive bluegrass influences, a touch of country and a healthy dose of folk. (The band formed six years ago in Central NC near the aptly named, Swift Creek!) Three-part harmony singing is the band’s signature, supported by guitar and bass rhythms - punctuated with impressive mandolin, fiddle and banjo.

Kevin Brown strong tenor lead, rhythm guitar and songwriting frame the band’s sound. Casey Elder, expertly plays the mandolin and dobro. Award-winning fiddler Stephen Fraleigh, also plays the banjo. Bassist Dennis Hoyle sets the beat. While vocalist Ann Searcy delivers bluesy leads and harmonies. They have 2 CD’s, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” and recently released “Magnolia.” They are playing at Merlefest 2017 and have played 3 years at IBMA World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh.

Website: www.swiftcreekmusic.com/

Video: youtu.be/x43ljHq2Bn4

 

 

 

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Tonk
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Tonk

While others affect retro-country, Tonk hauntingly serves up tunes with an “an unadorned honky-tonk echo.” Tonk plays country - not alt.country - not country folk. In the current state of things, they are firmly in the realm of outliers. All the better to savor their unpretentious sound.

They evoke bittersweet memories of 4 a.m. heartaches - choices made without do-overs - stale beer - and (almost) drying tears.

The lyrics are “Merle-worthy” (The INDY). One song, "I see lots of wine and beer in my impending atmosphere." Lead singer Jay Brown is deft: his pacing making the sad songs anthems, words twisting and tumbling out. His croon is as smooth as Shep Lane's steel guitar - yet his voice hits the percussion beats with Greg Readling's upright piano. Every member is fully delivering the nursing-a-heartache-feeling.

Tonk’s opened for Steep Canyon Rangers and frequently work with Dave Wilson of Chatham County Line.

Come and listen close. They’re the real-deal in a world of wannabees.

Website: www.tonknc.com

Music: tonknc.com/music/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tonknc

Event: www.facebook.com/events/203555250140689

 

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Gray Matter
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Gray Matter

Graymatter plays acoustic music, with big harmonies and a dash of rock and roll! Originals plus "Graymatterized" songs from the 60s, 70s and beyond! Permutations of family members have been performing since the 1970's. This time, the two brothers, sister and her husband have all returned to their acoustic roots. And we have found a new favorite sound - Graymatterized!

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/graymatternc

Webpage: www.graymatternc.com

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmmm4YFUci8

 

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Blue Cactus
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Cactus

“If you’ve ever wondered … where Country and Americana music is going, look no further. Blue Cactus, is painting beautiful pictures of limitless possibility.” — No Depression (Feb. 24, 2017)

“Blue Cactus, fully embody the love and heartbreak of honky-tonk…” — Indy Week Record Review (March 1, 2017)

“You can’t help but fall in love with the heartache.” — Paste, (Feb. 24, 2017)

“Clutch your heart real tight and go take a listen.” - Bynum Front Porch, April 4, 2017

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmgV2gM9nmQ

Webpage: bluecactusmusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bluecactusband/

 

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Heart of Carolina Big Band Orchestra
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Heart of Carolina Big Band Orchestra

"...Made for spinning your best girl around the dance floor!"

"Ambitious big band sound!"

 

“Jazz at its finest - complex, virtuosic, and yet easily accessible!”

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra was founded by Gregg Gelb in 1991. It has brought top quality big band performances to central North Carolina for the past 25 years. It's also dedicated to presenting, performing and educating audiences of all ages about America’s classical and original music – Jazz. The orchestra has frequent guest artists that add to their ever expanding repertoire.

"Dancing in the aisle is expected and encouraged."

Website:www.carolinajazz.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoCJO

Video: youtu.be/XJar_U-qcgA

 

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Bynum Front Porch Pickers - A Special Fundraiser for Bynum Front Porch!
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Bynum Front Porch Pickers - A Special Fundraiser for Bynum Front Porch!

The Bynum Front Porch Pickers meet at the Bynum General Store twice a month, year round! A bluegrass jam session - it’s open to musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels. Once a year all those folks get together and have an all-out jam session to raise money for Bynum Front Porch and its programs and the scholarships! This is it. Bring your voice, your love of music and dance with the fireflies!
Website: www.bynumfrontporch.org/programs

Video: youtu.be/U6s9NkDql68

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Holland Brothers
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Holland Brothers

When North Carolina twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland sing harmony, they get your attention. They keep it with a fine display of blues harp, acoustic guitar, mandolin, melodica, and thumb picking 12-string guitar. Mark has been internationally recognized as one of the best blues harp players around.

Similar to the Piedmont songsters of old, The Holland Bros, along with stand-up bassist Billie Feather, play a variety of Americana, old-time, and country blues - both covers & inspired original songwriting. Drawing inspiration from Charlie Poole to Charlie Patton, the Holland Bros continue to garner praise and gain new fans daily.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HollandBros

 

More info: www.reverbnation.com/thehollandbros

Music:  euramericansoul.com/album/yo-to-the-holland-brothers

 

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Gabe Pelli and Will Ridenour
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Gabe Pelli and Will Ridenour

From Chapel Hill, NC, From Chapel Hill, NC, Gabriel Pelli & Will Ridenour are creating an unprecedented blend of American folk and West African kora music. Fiddle and guitar intersect with the 21 stringed kora in ways that create an uplifting and soul stirring sound.  Roots music from two continents collide with passion!

Whether it be playing in hospitals or fancy Greek temple theatres, outdoor festivals or dingy house parties;  people from all walks of life can relate to their music.  Cultured songs spark images of love and remembrance, beauty and resistance, passion and strength, and propel the listener on a voyage. Together, they create an uplifting sound with profound capabilities.


Will Ridenour has studied the West African harp-lute kora since 1999, and with this collaboration brings his unique and universal style to fruition. He has toured 28 countries worldwide with punk outfit Zegota and dance band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba.

 

 

Gabriel Pelli brings an indie rock and jazz background to the group from his work and touring with The Old Ceremony and Squirrel Nut Zippers. He also has a passion for folk music, old time fiddle, music for theater and film, and his family.

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Will-Ridenour-Music-190454361116

**See also Facebook - Will Ridenour Music

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wld6C013zuQ

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=muM7vZqVCmc

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Too Much Fun
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Too Much Fun

Studio recordings are all well and good, but the spirit, the energy, the humor, and interaction of the band in a live setting is the best way to enjoy Too Much Fun. Not only can you count on 'genuine danceability' from the tunes, there are also the jokes, the quizzes, the tributes, and generally good-natured goofiness that sometimes emanates.

Great grooves, great lyrics, great playing! Too Much Fun is American roots, rock, and rhythm & blues at it's finest. If you're not dancing, tapping your foot, or smiling....you ain't payin' attention.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/toomuchfunbandNC
Website: www.tmfband.com
Video: youtu.be/jnnRUosP2C0?t=55s

 

 

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Milagro Saints
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Milagro Saints

Led by lead singer SD Ineson, the rocking ragamuffins come bearing gifts of new songs and two decades of odes as polished as rust.

There's a hint of the band's mid-'90s alt-country beginnings lingering in its music - thanks to the density created by such a crowd of musicians. It's a bigger, more groove-filled sound than most folk rock - sometimes veering into jam-band territory. "Heartfelt, funky, and just a little bit trippy."

These veterans of the roots music scene have transcended the alt.country crowd they sprang from  - into a band that creates Americana that’s deceptively modern. Whether it’s the mandolin riffs setting an easy going roll or a well-timed accordion riff at just the right moment, they know how to pay homage to traditional music without being limited by it.

 

 

Website: www.milagrosaints.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MilagroSaints

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSKut3vTyx0

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Boys From Carolina
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Boys From Carolina

The Boys From Carolina are a bluegrass band noted for professional presentation and strong vocal harmonies. They have performed all over the southeast - many times with bluegrass greats: The Lonesome River Band, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Jimmy Martin, Little Roy Lewis, Larry Sparks, and more. Their audiences are toe tapping and happy! All together, the band members have over 160 years of musical experience.

Website: www.boysfromcarolina.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Boys-From-Carolina-Bluegrass-Band-265036303900/

Video: youtu.be/okVvWVEBGAk

 

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Onyx Club Boys
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Onyx Club Boys

Onyx Club Boys is an acoustic string band (violin, guitar, upright bass, and drums) rooted in the Gypsy Jazz sounds of 1930's Paris -- and Stuff Smith's New York City Swing. Being from 21st Century North Carolina tho', their diverse influences take the music beyond borders!

 

Appearances have included Shakori Hills Festival, Festival for the Eno, Haw River Ballroom, Cat's Cradle, Raleigh First Night, and more. Members have played in bands such as The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Old Ceremony, Dialli Cissokho and Kaira Ba, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention band.

"The cool dexterity of their playing binds together the broad catalog" - Grayson Currin, music editor Indy Weekly


You'll swoon, tap your feet, and realize how universally similar music is! 100% genuine. "Curiously exotic, yet pleasantly familiar!"

 

 

More info: https://www.reverbnation.com/onyxclubboys

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/onyxclubboysnc

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Violet Bell (Lizzie Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez)
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Violet Bell (Lizzie Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez)

Violet Bell (Lizzie Ross & Omar Ruiz-Lopez)  is a killer duo - playing original songs, based out of Chapel Hill, NC.

We're not going to say much more, except clutch your heart real tight and listen to "Black River" on YouTube

 

"Folksy, jazzy, bluesy in all the best senses of the words... a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you've ever tasted." -Stephen Markley, Chicago RedEye.

"Soulful and ambitious... confident Americana Pop/Rock" - Ashley Melzer, Indy Weekly

Website: www.Lizzy.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lizzy.net/

Video: www.youtube.com/user/lizzyrossmusic

 

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