May 17: An Evening with Dawes. West Coast stars Dawes playfully experiment with roots-rock and the southern California sound while embracing soul hooks, R&B grooves, and swampy blues. Count on them to deliver one of the best live shows on the rock scene today. Their latest album, Passwords, defies expectations.

June 14: Steep Canyon Rangers with Chatham Rabbits. North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s finest bluegrass musicians, and Asheville-based Steep Canyon Rangers are among the very best of them. The Grammy-winning ensemble has gained fame through collaborations with comedian/banjo player Steve Martin. The band has been especially adept at melding its progressive bluegrass sound to elements of pop, country, and folk-rock.

July 23: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Amos Lee. Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in his 25-year recording career. “The Way It Is,” the title track of his 1986 debut album, became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that spark his creative interests. His performance offers a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push into new musical terrain.

Aug. 7: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. A singer, composer, and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

Raleigh — The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is back with its summer season of outdoor concerts and movies. The 22nd annual outdoor performing arts series will be at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, and includes concerts presented with Carrboro-based Cat’s Cradle featuring Old Crow Medicine Show; Triangle-based […]

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