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May
28
3:30 pm15:30

Farmers Market

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Come see what fresh produce local North Carolina farmers have to offer this week at our Farmers Market! 

It will be from 3:30pm-6:30pm on the Southern Village Green. Hope to see you there! 

May
29
8:30 pm20:30

Outdoor Movie: Fast & Furious 7

  • Southern Village Green

After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen's older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.

Rated PG-13, tickets are $5, movie starts at dusk 

May
30
8:30 pm20:30

Outdoor Movie: Fast & Furious 7

  • Southern Village Green

After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen's older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.

Rated PG-13, tickets are $5, movie starts at dusk

May
31
Jun 5

Music Series: The Magnolia Klezmer Band

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We are proud to welcome back The Magnolia Klezmer Band for their 10th year at Southern Village!

Based in the Triangle area of North Carolina, The Magnolia Klezmer Band performs Eastern European Jewish music from Romania, Moldava, Russia and the Ukraine, classics from the American WW1 era: Kandel and Abe Schwartz Orchestras, and Yiddish theater songs with vocals in Yiddish and English.



Music Series: Dana & Sue Robinson
May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: Dana & Sue Robinson

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Come hear the true American music of Dana and Sue Robinson! 

From the Green Mountains of Vermont, Americana, roots, folk duo Dana and Susan Robinson are celebrating their twentieth year of national and international touring. With guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, their sound is a melting pot of Appalachian, British, and rural American influences, full of exciting fiddle tunes, earthy grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.

The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

To learn more, please visit their website http://www.robinsongs.com

May
23
8:30 pm20:30

Outdoor Movie: Cinderella

  • Southern Village Green

Starts at dusk and admission is $5

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After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.

May
22
8:30 pm20:30

Outdoor Movie: Cinderella

  • Southern Village Green

Starts at dusk and admission is $5

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After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.

May
21
3:30 pm15:30

Farmer's Market

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Come support local North Carolina farmer's this Thursday at the Farmer's Market on the Southern Village Green! Not only will there be a wide range of fresh produce, but also gelato and live music.

Hope to see you there! 

May
17
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: Danny Gotham and Armand Lencheck

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It's guitar night with your two favorite guitarists!

I was born in Potsdam, NY. Stringed instruments had me hooked from a very early age. My first memory of  anything to do with the guitar was when I saw my brothers cigar-box banjos that they made for their Boy Scout merit badges. I remember being fascinated with the rubber band strings.

Like most of my generation, watching The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964 was a pivotal moment in my life. I was very young, but I had a feeling that what I was watching was not some silly fad. I think it's safe to say I had that one right!

My grandmother bought me my first guitar. One day we went to the circus, and after we came out, I begged her to take me to the local five and dime. I don't remember how I persuaded her to buy it for me, but she did....I was very happy, and on my way.

We moved to Rochester, NY about 1965. I played on a series of toy guitars, and finally learned to tune properly when I was twelve. I remember my father buying me my first electric guitar. It was a "Zenon", and it cost $39.95, including a little amplifier. A little later I bought a Hagstrom for $50, then finally, in December of 1971, my first Gibson--a 1963 SG Special. It cost $200 at the House of Guitars. I had saved $100. I told Dad that if he gave me another hundred bucks as my combination 18th birthday, Christmas, and high school graduation presents, then I could get it. I did, and I still have it today.

While in High School in Penfield, NY, I got my first real taste of performing--in the high school stage band . I had the good fortune of having a very supportive music teacher named Ned Corman, and having a bona fide genius named Barry Kiener as a bandmate. Barry was an amazing pianist from a very young age. He turned me on to jazz. I can still remember going to see Count Basie and Oscar Peterson with Barry at a great Rochester club called the Top of the Plaza. The first jazz guitarist I heard was Herb Ellis, on the old Oscar Peterson Trio records. Then I heard Charlie Parker...he remains my favorite jazz musician to this day.

At the same time, another classmate turned me on to recordings by John Hartford, and Mississippi John Hurt. I soon grew to love American folk, blues and traditional country music every bit as much as Jazz. I can still remember learning how to fingerpick my first song--"My Creole Belle". Around 1971, I heard Leo Kottke, and then, John Fahey. For a period, I was obsessed with Fahey. His music had a profound influence on me--mostly in the way  he changed my thinking of technique being far less important than emotion. In addition, Son House was living in Rochester, and I got to spend two unforgettable days in his presence.

Not long after graduating from high school in 1972, I moved back to Potsdam (better known to most in those parts as "the North Country"). In that area of upstate NY, there were four colleges, and lots of young musicians. I had no interest in going to college--I wanted to play guitar. I played in a series of rock, country and pop bands. About 1974 or so, I made the acquaintance of a great guitarist named Paul Meyers. Paul and I started playing in a rock band together, but it didn't take long before we both turned to jazz--playing some duets and as part of a quartet called the Birdlanders. This was a golden time in the North Country--all kinds of musicians, and places to play. Renee Fleming--the current opera diva numero uno--was a student there at the Crane Music School, and performed regularly at Alger's Pub. There was all kinds of good music--and I tried to take all of it in. I did take a few lessons from Richard Stephan, who instructed guitar at Crane, but most of my learning came from listening to my ever-growing record collection, and from playing with other musicians.

In 1979, I formed the Racquette River Rounders with John Kribs and Michael Hadfield. The Rounders were hard to pigeonhole. We did a little bit of everything--original songs, blues, old country stuff, new-grassy sounds, swing, celtic. I simply thought of us a new kind of string band--one that took in everything, and didn't worry about labels. We also played as an electric band with drummer Frank Carcaterra called the Rolling Clones. We did a fair amount of travelling, made two albums--and made a lot of very dear musical friendships. While on trip with the Rounders in 1980, I took 2nd place at the National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

In 1983, I began playing mandolin with a bluegrass band called Summit. We did some travelling as well, and our banjo player, Chris Leske, took 1st place at the 1984 National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Craig Vance played guitar--one of the finest flatpickers I have ever known--and Steve Joseph, the bass. It was a great band, but we couldn't catch a break. We did one album, but we simply couldn't find enough work to get by. Around 1985, I bottomed out. I was totally disenchanted by the music business.

In 1986, I took a break. I started my BA in English at Saint Lawrence University. While going there, I recorded an album of traditional Christmas music with a wonderful folksinger and guitarist named Barbara Heller. I also hosted a weekly acoustic music radio show on the local NPR affiliate.

I finished my BA in 1989. In 1990, I moved to Chapel Hill, NC, to pursue an MA at the University of North Carolina. My Master's thesis was an audiodocumentary about the life of Mississippi John Hurt. Among others, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pete Seeger as part of that project.  While completing my MA, I went back to teaching guitar to augment the meager TA stipend provided for me by UNC. When I graduated in 1992, I was getting by on my teaching..so I simply continued on.

There is a peculiar arc to my professional life. When I began attempting to make a living as a musician, I found out in short order that performing wouldn't be enough, so I began to teach. After I took my detour through two college degrees, it flip-flopped: I made teachingmy primary focus, and performing the secondary one. Teaching guitar became my main income; it's a totally acceptable way to make a living. It also allows me the freedom to perform the kind of music I like when and where I choose to.

The practical part of me--the part that needs to pay the bills!--is the teacher. But the artist in me has made the record album my main artistic outlet. I attempt to make my albums as close to i can to a perfect performance. My goal is to make all of my albums as musical as possible, and as interesting as possible. I have put enormous amount of effort into my four solo albums: "Luzerne", "Old Friends","Guitarheel", and "Sundays" . I am very proud of all three. My plan is to hopefully make at least one new album every year.

For my performing side, I have various projects--in several styles--and do solo shows every now and then. My two favorite gigs are playing as sideman to either Tom Paxton or Peter Ostroushko. I don't do performances with these guys very often, but when I do, it's as good as it gets.


Music Series: Saludos Compay
May
10
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: Saludos Compay

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SALUDOS COMPAY takes the audience on a musical tour that features traditional, contemporary, and original music from Latin America and the Caribbean. This amazingly versatile trio keeps toes tapping.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Pablo Valencia, from Chile, sings a wide range of styles. He is as much at ease with a reflective bolero as with an upbeat salsa. The group performs a number of Valencia’s acclaimed original compositions, such as the romantic Cancion Para Dos, the rumba Bello Amor, and the very upbeat salsa song Entumido.

On keyboards, Erich Lieth adds spice to the strong Latin rhythms with improvisational piano solos and bass.

Chuck Nolan, lead percussionist, intricately weaves the rhythm patterns, be it for a subtle bossa nova or a danceable cumbia.

For a dinner crowd they might sing Afro-Cuban sones such as Chan Chan and El Carretero, and then move to Brazil with bossa novas likeCorcovado and Girl From Ipanema. Once the dancing starts, they’ll do a Colombian cumbia such as the ever favorite Juana La Cubana, the rousing merengue Modorra, or the popular Venezuelan song Moliendo Café. For some shows they bring along an additional percussionist or soloist. For a more relaxed sound they perform as a duo.

Music Series: Double Bill:: David Dyer & Wes Collins
May
3
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: Double Bill:: David Dyer & Wes Collins

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David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band are a superbly talented group of veteran musicians from several of North Carolina’s finest bands. The Crooked Smile Band has been crafting their own brand of Americana inspired roots-rock since 1999 and have released 3 independent albums to date. The boys are now out supporting their latest effort, “Taproot”, a gospel-inspired collection of original tunes.


Wes Collins picked up the guitar when he was seventeen, and worked at it for ten years or so playing covers. Around his thirtieth birthday he parked the Takamine under the bed and got a straight job as a buyer for a retail music chain. He dug the guitar back out in 2000 and got back at it, but hit my forties before writing my first song, mainly because he was scared to write bad ones.

Music Series: The Ambassadors
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: The Ambassadors

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Welcome to the home of The Ambassadors, a swing-era dance band consisting of 17 instrumentalists and two vocalists playing the hits of the 1940's and 1950's. We are located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and we perform throughout the Triangle and Triad area. 

Sunday Music Series: Original Folk Americana with Lynn Blakey
Apr
19
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music Series: Original Folk Americana with Lynn Blakey

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When talking about Lynn Blakey’s place in the music world, you have to start with her voice. Distinctive and bell-clear, sometimes plaintive and always honest, Blakey’s voice is the underpinning of her appeal and of her acclaim, both as a frontwoman and as a guest vocalist. It’s an instrument that hushes crowds and makes grown men cry. I know because I’ve witnessed the hush and I’ve been that grown man. Her impassioned vocals and inspired songwriting have most recently found a home in the beloved and pop-rocking Gloryfountain, and in the harmony-driven all-girl super-group Tres Chicas. She has also added her voice to recordings by such notables as Alejandro Escovedo (A Man Under the Influence), Jeffrey Dean Foster (Million Star Hotel), Dana Kletter, The Velvet Crush, and many others.

In recent years she has released several albums including Glory Fountain's Blame Love, and The Beauty of 23 (La Joy), as well as Tres Chicas' Sweetwater, and Bloom Red and the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc). Both ensembles toured throughout the US and Europe, headlining and playing shows alongside artists such as Ralph Stanley, Jeff Buckley, Calexico, Molteni, Ian Moore and Tift Merritt.

Today, Blakey is finding fulfillment in the creation of new songs: straightforward, soulful, melodic epiphanies that surge and swim in the waters of love, living, and loss. Blakey’s newest endeavors are supported by her husband Ecki Heins, who lends sympathetic harmonies and sweeping fiddle lines. They have recently recorded a five-song E.P. with notable North Carolina producer Jerry Kee, and they look forward to bringing their brand new songs to a wider audience when they tour Europe in the summer of 2010.

—Rick Cornell, music writer for The Independent Weekly, No Depression, Oxford American, and others

Sunday Music Series: The Durham Ukulele Orchestra & Gary Mitchell
Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

Sunday Music Series: The Durham Ukulele Orchestra & Gary Mitchell

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Formed in 2007, the Durham Ukulele Orchestra organically grew out of the ukulele jam session held at High Strung Violins and Guitars (and ukuleles!) on the first and third Mondays of every month. Upon forming, a weekly practice was  organized and the band began to mix together their wide range of tastes and influences into a cohesive and delicious “musical soup” that ranges from jazz standards to art rock classics like Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads.

Bending these selections to the will of their tiny four-stringed instruments, the orchestra continues to turn out surprising and delightful renditions of familiar and slightly more obscure selections 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 tunes for the public to listen to. At the end of the day, the idea of leading a musical life and the band’s love for playing with each other is what keeps this tiny juggernaut rolling on.


A solo acoustic guitarist and singer, Gary Mitchell has spent over a decade honing his craft, performing in coffee shops, restaurants, night clubs, shopping malls, weddings, company events, churches, private parties and everything in between. Gary wields a wide variety of popular and recognizable music from numerous artists and bands spanning several genres. 

See you on the Green at 6:00 pm!

Dec
13
10:00 am10:00

Move Loot Pop up Shop!

Do you need new furniture? Silly question, we always need new furniture!

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Move Loot will be on the Southern Village Green on Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with crazy furniture deals!

Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec
4
6:00 pm18:00

Christmas Tree Lighting

Join us on the Southern Village Green on  December 4th for our traditional Tree Lighting ceremony. The Scroggs elementary choir opens the show as the  UNC Loreleis follow with a wonderful A Capella performance. We'll have many treats, the Carolina Brewery Van, and Egg Nog and apple cider  so be sure to bring your own Rum!

Music Series: The Nomads
Sep
21
4:00 pm16:00

Music Series: The Nomads

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Come on down to the Village Green and check out The Nomads, a legendary North Carolina beach music band. Bring your friends, family, swim trunks and hawaiian shirt for a swinging time. The Nomads Band is more than just an animated juke box, they are entertaining. Their repertoire spans 30-40 years of great music and includes old soul, rhythm & blues, beach, funk, and rock. Otis Redding might follow Lynard Skynard just before John Mayer or the B 52’s. Their performances have been enjoyed by everything from an intimate group celebrating Alexander Julian’s birthday in a small cafe to 15,000 plus celebrating the 4th of July in Kenan Stadium. As their business card says, “For a good time, call....”

 

Like this band on Facebook to see their upcoming events. 

Southern Village Farmer's Market
Sep
18
3:30 pm15:30

Southern Village Farmer's Market

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The Southern Village Farmer's Market has seen so much fun thus far! If you don't believe us see for yourself! Make sure you come out Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And don't make dinner that day! You'll definitely be picking up some surprise ingredients!

Music Series: Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts Of The Old North State
Sep
14
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts Of The Old North State

  • Southern Village

Come on down to the Village Green to hear Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts Of The Old North State play original power pop music that is sure to provide a good time for all. Formerly known as Jeff Hart & The Ruins (1990 - 2013) this band is making a fresh start and re-claiming their share of their longtime North Carolina heritage. Jeff Hart has been playing in NC and the Southeast since '87. His music has been on college airwaves since the early 90s, was band member with such NC notables as Chris Stamey, Two Dollar Pistols, Robert Kirkland and co-founder of The Hanks, Jeff Hart & The Ruins, Brown Mountain Lights and The Ghosts of the Old North State. His music was featured on the Veronica Mars TV show.

Built on a base of country twang but finished with touches of British Invasion rock, ‘60s garage pop, ‘70s Laurel Canyon and, of course, native North Carolina bluegrass and jangle pop, Ghosts of the Old North State reveals Hart as an equally fine collector and creator...
— Independent Weekly

For more information, check out the band's website and like them on Facebook.

Southern Village Farmer's Market
Sep
11
3:30 pm15:30

Southern Village Farmer's Market

  • Southern Village Green

The Southern Village Farmer's Market has seen so much fun thus far! If you don't believe us see for yourself! Make sure you come out Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And don't make dinner that day! You'll definitely be picking up some surprise ingredients!

Music Series: Wes Collins
Sep
7
6:00 pm18:00

Music Series: Wes Collins

  • Southern Village Green

Come out to the Village Green to hear Wes Collins, a stunning award-winning singer/songwriter who is said to sound like Neil Finn, Patty Griffin, and Bruce Cockburn.

Wes Collins picked up the guitar when he was seventeen, and worked at it for ten years or so, playing covers for a living. Around his thirtieth birthday he parked his Takamine under the bed and got a straight job as a buyer for a retail music chain, but dug out the guitars in 2000 determined to hack his own musical path. He hit his forties before writing his first song, mainly because he was scared to write bad ones. The battle's far from over but now he's got some great songs to share, inspired by favorites like The Beatles and Patty Griffin. 

Find out more information about Wes Collins on his webpage and like him on Facebook. 

Southern Village Farmer's Market
Sep
4
3:30 pm15:30

Southern Village Farmer's Market

  • Southern Village Green

The Southern Village Farmer's Market has seen so much fun thus far! If you don't believe us see for yourself! Make sure you come out Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And don't make dinner that day! You'll definitely be picking up some surprise ingredients!

Outdoor Movie: Earth to Echo
Aug
30
8:30 pm20:30

Outdoor Movie: Earth to Echo

  • Southern Village Green

The outdoor movies are back! Bring a blanket, snacks, drinks and your friends! There's nothing like a movie night under the summer stars with the company you love.

Next up: Earth to Echo

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Check out the trailer for this adorable and adventurous film here. 

Music before Movies: North Columbia
Aug
29
6:00 pm18:00

Music before Movies: North Columbia

With roots spreading from here to New England, Chapel Hill band North Columbia have backgrounds ranging from funk-metal drumming, to classical violin, to folk rock and progressive sources. But that was then, half a lifetime ago, before chance and circumstance brought these lads together to give music a new go. What they've got now is new, informed by stories and passions of love lost and found, of soul searching, and of musical experimentation. NoCo brings an energy of musical escape and catharsis, flavored with emotive vocal styling and nuanced instrumentation. Each of the players has walked through the tutelage of countless influences to arrive at something patchworked and original, familiar yet innovative. There is something Southern to be found here and there in the compositions; other sounds are totally placeless. The songs move through dynamics of force and calm, to engage the ears in unpredictable ways throughout the performance. The band plays shows all around central NC, in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Saxapahaw and Hillsborough.

Southern Village Farmer's Market
Aug
28
3:30 pm15:30

Southern Village Farmer's Market

  • Southern Village Green

The Southern Village Farmer's Market has seen so much fun thus far! If you don't believe us see for yourself! Make sure you come out Thursday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And don't make dinner that day! You'll definitely be picking up some surprise ingredients!