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Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bynum, NC - Bynum Front Porch, a non-profit community organization, begins this year’s Friday Night Music Series on May 6th with the bluegrass sounds of Boys From Carolina. Known nationwide for their award-winning vocal harmonies and fast traditional picking, Boys From Carolina repeatedly deliver some of the series best bluegrass music. In addition to bluegrass music, other genres represented during the season include old time music, rhythm and blues, swing, roots, gospel, West African traditional music, folk, Americana, world music, rock, country and honky tonk.
All the Friday Night Music Series performances run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the Bynum General Store located at 950 Bynum Road. Although tickets are not required, a hat is passed around and a three to seven dollar donation is encouraged to compensate the performers.
This year’s series include bluegrass bands such as the Rye Mountain Boys, The Bluegrass Experience, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion, The Hotwires, Sourwood Mountain Band, The Whiskey Smugglers and Bethesda Bluegrass Band comprised of a group of teenage performers. For fans of old time music, blues, rock and singer/ songwriters, bands such as Dmitri Resnik & Bootleg Beat, Chatham County Slim with Papa Mike, Wehutty Mudpuppies, The Lizzy Ross Band, The Small Ponds, Spirit Family Reunion and Craicdown will not disappoint. Former member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Robinson, and his band the Mary Annettes will round out the series along with a special performance by Kairaba!, a band composed of Senegalese “griot” musicians featuring the kora, a 21-stringed African “harp-lute”. For a complete list and description of the bands, visit bynumfrontporch.org.
The music series began in 2001 as an effort among Bynum neighbors to create an event that would bring people to Bynum that could help sustain the Bynum General Store and Post Office. Unable to make a profit, the General Store’s operator eventually closed the business in 2006. However, the community banded together and created the Bynum Front Porch organization and continues to produce the music series as well as other family friendly events.
People from all over the Triangle bring chairs, sit under the stars and enjoy live music spanning multiple musical genres from May to August.
In addition to the music series, Bynum Front Porch still hosts the Bynum Front Porch Pickin’ and Potluck the second and fourth Saturdays each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the store. These bluegrass sessions are open to musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels as well as to those who just want to enjoy the entertainment.
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