The Old Ceremony Opens Music on the Lawn FREE Concert Series

ATC logo The Old Ceremony Opens Music on the Lawn FREE Concert Series
May 8, American Tobacco Campus in Partnership with North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

Music on the Lawn logo Top-notch local and regional talent populate this year’s Music On The Lawn schedule, giving other free concert venues a run for their money. The annual series from American Tobacco and North Carolina Public Radio WUNC opens with The Old Ceremony, chosen as one of the eight great acts of the Triangle by the News and Observer.

Ranging from the Beatles to Beck, Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin, The Old Ceremony cranks out unorthodox instrumentals and superb songwriting to create a unique interpretation of rock’n’roll.

After two highly acclaimed albums and three years of touring, the Chapel Hill, NC, band has built a large and loyal following. Said the News and Observer of their last album, “Our One Mistake might be the best record anybody ‘round these parts will release in 2006.”

2008 American Tobacco Music on the Lawn Series
Thurs, May 8
6-8pm
 
The Old Ceremony
Thurs, May 29
6-8pm
 
Darrell Scott
(A North Carolina Public Radio WUNC Back Porch Music Concert)
Fri, June 13
6-8pm
 
David Wilcox
(A North Carolina Public Radio WUNC Back Porch Music Concert)
Sun, June 15
5-7pm
 
Durham Jazz and Durham Community Concert Band
ATC Father’s Day Concert
Fri, June 27
6-8pm
 
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Fri, July 25
6-8pm
 
Robert & Linda Williams
(A North Carolina Public Radio WUNC Back Porch Music Concert)
In Bay 7
Fri, Aug 15
6-8pm
 
John Dee Holeman & Cool John Ferguson
Dana & Susan Robinson
(A North Carolina Public Radio WUNC Back Porch Music Concert)
In Bay 7
Thurs, Aug 28
6-8pm
 
John Brown & The Groove Shop Band
Fri, Sept 5
6-8pm
 
Steep Canyon Rangers
(A North Carolina Public Radio WUNC Back Porch Music Concert)
Fri, Sept 26
6-8pm
 
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Featuring Albert White
Fri, Oct 3
6-8pm
  Polecat Creek
(A North Carolina Public Radio WUNC Back Porch Music Concert)
The Venue
The American Tobacco Campus is arguably one of the top venues in the Triangle for enjoying an outdoor concert in an intimate and family-friendly atmosphere.  Ample parking and five fine eateries surround the lawn: Tyler’s Taproom, Symposium Café, Café Zen, Mellow Mushroom and Starbucks.  Outdoor seating  abounds and some restaurants  take their grills to the sidewalk, so food and beverages are only steps away.  Kids are welcome on the lawn where families can enjoy the Ole Bull River that runs through the middle of the campus.  As a courtesy to your neighbors, no dogs or coolers please.

Most concerts are free with the exception of July 25th and Aug. 15th when both concerts will be moved indoors to Bay 7 to escape the summer heat.  Seating is limited to 400, and a modest admission fee will be charged to manage production logistics.

For concert details visit www.AmericanTobaccoCampus.com

Schedule Highlights
North Carolina Public Radio WUNC sponsors the concert series and brings to the venue the best talent of their Back Porch Music series, broadcast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm.  It’s an eclectic top tier selection of bluegrass, folk and blues artists including Darrell Scott, winner of the 2007 Americana Song of the Year; Steep Canyon Rangers, whose title track  ”One Dime at a Time” rose to #1 in 2007 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey; and Polecat Creek, winners of the neo-traditional contest at the 2006 Appalachian String Band Festival.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band rocks the stage with their own brand of Bounce Music guaranteed to make you dance.  The Booty Band’s contagious 7-piece sound earned them  Home Grown Music Network’s Band of the Year in 2007.

Beverly “Guitar” Watkins
has been described as a rarity, a “pyrotechnic guitar maven”, who literally attacks the guitar. While she may have been born in 1940, she puts guitarists half her age to shame.  An Atlanta native, Watkins describes her style as “real Lightnin’ Hopkins lowdown blues… I would call that hard classic blues, hard stompin’ blues, you know… railroad smokin’ blues!”  What a way to “wind down” the season! 

 

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