Welcome to Southern Village

Chapel Hill's New Old Neighborhood

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Thursday Music: Eric Meyer

I have always been moved to create. This led me to immerse myself in numerous endeavors including photography, theater, computer programming, and music. I played guitar in high school but took what ended up being a 20-year hiatus. In 2008, inspired by listening to local musicians, I decided that I wanted to play music again. I studied guitar with Jon Shain and Kevin Van Sant, but my journey into bass began almost by accident. I was playing guitar at a blues jam in 2011, and the bass player had to leave early. I said, “I know nothing about playing bass, but I will give it a try.” Playing bass felt very intuitive to me. In 2012, I bought an upright bass and began lessons with Robbie Link.

For me playing music is about collaboration - both with other musicians and with an audience. I welcome opportunities for collaboration, and enjoy playing a wide variety of genres of music.

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Sunday Music: Idlewild South

IDLEWILD SOUTH, The Allman Brothers Band Tribute, was co-founded by keyboardist and vocalist Don Eason, a veteran musician whose initial influence of The Allman Brothers Band's live performance goes back to his first concert experience of the band on Easter Weekend of 1970, at The Winter's End Concert in Bithlo, Florida.

A duo of drummers, (including co-founder) Robert Kintner, and John Flowers, provides the foundation with bassist Tim Smith rounding out the rhythm section. Slide Guitarist Dave George and Lead Guitarist/ Vocalist Pete Waggoner bring forth the dual guitar harmonies and searing guitar leads Duane Allman and Dickie Betts pioneered in the late

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Sunday Music: Beers and Hymns with Jesse DeConto

Pulled from article in the News & Observer

Join us on the Southern Village Green on July 24 at 6:00 pm for Beer & Hymns on the Green. We'll have a great band leading songs of natural beauty in the great outdoors! There'll be hymns like "How Great Thou Art," "In the Garden" and "All Creatures of Our God & King," along with pop hits like "Dear Prudence," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Thanks to our sponsors at Christ UMC and Carolina Brewery, the event is free, and your donations will go to support Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation (http://supercooperswagon.org), a nonprofit serving kids and families fighting cancer. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, dinner, and/or some cash for food & drink. Carolina Brewery will be pouring on the Green, and Southern Village restaurants are happy to serve!

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Thursday Music: Wes Collins

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

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Thursday Music: Mike Babyak

Mike Babyak began playing guitar in his early teens while growing up in the Allentown, Pa area. In the mid-70s, Mike enjoyed success with his first serious project, Gateway, a 5-piece band that covered bands such as Steely Dan and Yes.

He went on to study classical guitar at Muhlenberg College, winning several local performance competitions. He spent the next 11 years performing as a classical soloist and guest artist with small chamber and early music ensembles.

In the mid-90s, his interests turned back again to the electric guitar. Also at this time he began to study the lap steel more seriously.

Early in 2001, he founded the Triple Fret project, an improvisational blues, jazz, and world act with a rotating cast of musicians.

Mike cites his long time teacher and friend, Steve Kimock, as his most important and enduring musical influence. He also has studied with Durham jazz guitarist, Scott Sawyer. His influences are wide-ranging and include V.M. Bhatt, David Lindley, R. Prasanna, Diblo Dibala, and Ry Cooder.

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Sunday Music: Rooster Logic

Rooster Logic’s music is a fun, funky and rocking mash-up of original songs and unexpected covers that transcends genres.  The Chatham County, NC based outfit mixes together the sounds of Memphis soul, garage pop, blues, folk and rock 'n' roll into a crisp, tight sound full of lush harmonies, clever lyrics and pop hooks.  The vocally rich and musically versatile sound frequently takes them to unexpected places as they follow their own brand of logic.  You might find yourself singing along, and oh yeah, you can dance to it!

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4th of July Music: Decatur Street Beat

Decatur Street Beat has played foot stomping, toe tapping, New Orleans style Dixieland music since 2004. They have played for 4th of July picnics at the beach, Mardi Gras parties, birthday parties, local restaurants, a jazz festival in Virginia, a number of senior living centers in the Durham area and even some jazz funerals. The group is made up of experienced Dixieland musicians. They took their name from Decatur St. which runs through the French Quarter past Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde and Tujagues, the tuba player's favorite restaurant. They want to bring to central North Carolina what they feel is the happiest, liveliest and easiest music to listen to.

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Sunday Music: DOUBLE BILL: The Nashvilifiers with Lynn Blakey and Ecki Heins

The Nashvilifiers play your favorite country classics. Songs about cheating, fighting, drinking, and a variety of felonies, all performed by three of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.


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 front-woman and as a guest vocalist. It’s an instrument that hushes crowds and makes grown men cry.

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.

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Thursday Music: The Daddy Oh!'s

The Daddy Oh!’s is a central North Carolina based band made up of Spence Foscue on Drums, Jim Gilliam on guitar and Art Gruskin on bass. All of the members of the band sing. A lot of sound from a trio! They are great for dancing, partying or just listening.

All these guys have been playing music for a long, long time and their individual influences are varied. They include R&B, blues, jazz, swing, jump, country… They like to call it just good old American music.

Art comes from Pittsburgh, PA, Jim is from Ft. Worth, TX and Spence hails from right here in North Carolina. You can just imagine what the geographical influences alone might bring to a music group like this.

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Sunday Music (DOUBLE BILL): Carolyn Mitchell and The Gary Mitchell Band

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Carolyn Mitchell is a seasoned professional musician who has been enthralling audiences for many years with her clear, smooth vocal delivery that has been described as a mix between Shirley Horn and Nancy Wilson. Her fan base continues to increase because she is a fabulous live performer. She absolutely owns the state when sharing her exceptional vocal gift with listeners. Ms. Mitchell’s tremendous flexibility in singing style comes from also being a pianist, a formally trained musician with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music, plus working many years as a voice teacher. Add to this mix her early experiences as a gospel singer and you have an artist who successfully runs the gamut from jazz to blues and gospel, with a particularly sensitive interpretation of classic jazz.

Her CD ‘Inner Smile’ is a delicious offering to the senses of sumptuous melodies and soulful grooves!

An 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.

The Gary Mitchell Band is Gary Mitchell (Vox, acoustic guitar, percussion, keys), Annelise Huggins (electric guitar, BGV, percussion, keys), Thomas Burroughs (BGV, percussion, keys), Lee Huggins (BGV, bass).

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Thursday Music: The Durham Ukulele Orchestra

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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 wasorganized 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.

We hope to see you at a show soon, and if you come out, make sure and say hello!

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Sunday Music Series: The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors is 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.

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North Carolina Symphony

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Join your North Carolina Symphony and Associate Conductor David Glover for your favorite light classical music, including Vivaldi’s "Spring," selections from Carmen, and more of your most beloved pieces.

Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Grieg: Selection from Symphonic Dances on Norwegian Themes
Vivaldi: "Spring" from The Four Seasons
Bizet: Selections from Carmen
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Khachaturian: Dance of Welcome from Gavane Suite No. 1
Khachaturian: Waltz from Masquerade Suite
Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from Gavane Suite No. 3
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
Copland: "Saturday Night Waltz" from Rodeo
Copland: "Hoe Down" from Rodeo

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Music Series: The Instruments of Justice + Carolina Brewery Van

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Instruments of Justice is a swinging R&B band that plays a high energy, danceable combination of Motown, Soul, Jazz and Swing, and a few thing outside the box. IOJ is a dynamic live band with a four member front line that can combine complex 4 part harmonies with a powerhouse gospel/soul punch, backed by an 8 piece band that includes a 3 piece horn section. IOJ has been performing since 2010, and has a distinctive sound and inimitable style. IOJ is available for private parties and other functions. IOJ regularly plays club dates, fundraisers and private parties around the Triangle and beyond.

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THURSDAY MUSIC: The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

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Hang out after the market!

"Our mission is to keep jazz alive and well in North Carolina by helping audiences appreciate the magnificent contribution of this truly American art form. Since 1991, we have provided our region with a diverse series of world-class guest artists and jazz programing, plus regular outreach to the many different demographic groups within it."

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Music Series: Dana and Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of Americas musical heritage.

The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.