Performers

Katharine Whalen’s Swedish Wood Patrol
Best known as a founding member of the legendary Squirrel Nut Zippers (who sold over 3 million records), Katharine Whalen’s post-Zippers work ranges from jazz standards and avant-pop to Irish blues and Southern-tinged rock. She’s a passionate creator, with contagious exuberance as the common thread winding through her creations, from singing and playing music to building dollhouses, drafting posters, or writing a column on picnics for a local paper in her NC hometown. (video)

Bulltown Strutters
Bulltown Strutters are a community parade band delivering a raucous mix of old-school New Orleans second line classics and new-school New Orleans funk. The 20-member group bursts out hip-shaking, smile-making boogie music and urges the audience to join them in parade, dance and merry-making. Powered by a massive horn section and an extra dose of Durham craziness, they bring the party and shift it into high gear. They’ll even be leading a children’s parade after their set! (full bio & video)

Triple Fret
Mike Babyak pours out melodies like a jazz guitarist, soars like a rock god, and colors the delicate spaces between like a sculptor. Triple Fret’s ethereal interplay bends and twists their Afropop, Latin, jazz, blues, and rock sounds with graceful melodies and sonic shifts to create an exuberant celebration bursting with soulful energy. They’re forever twisting and twirling, mutating and modulating along with Babyak’s seemingly endless string of ideas. (full bio & video)

The Bucket Brothers
The Bucket Brothers are a North Carolina-based band composed of brothers Logan and Casey Valleroy. Now just 17 and 13, they’ve performed sophisticated jazz and dynamic original tunes with seamless improvisation since 2012. The two brothers play half a dozen instruments with a mastery well beyond their years. They’ve been profiled in Our State magazine, appeared live on WUNC’s “The State of Things”, and performed at the Kennedy Center in the annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam. (full bio & video)

The Big Oak Boys
The Big Oak Boys tear into the wide world of acoustic music with lively performances in a vast range of styles, including bluegrass, Americana, jazz and pop. They strike a unique balance between old and new as they interpret songs from different eras into a shared vision of musical fun. (video)

Circus Performers
Adam Dipert’s Object Manipulation
The Creep & Cheetah SideShow
Betty Adorno
Kalindi Hess
Mari Kearns
Carolyn Mabry

 

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