Weekend at a Glance: Tunes, Tours and Tomatoes

Weekend at a Glance: Tunes, Tours and Tomatoes

Durham is heating up, but this weekend's events are very cool. Watch dance troupes and incredible musicians perform, and vote for your favorite tomato!

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Steve Earle performs songs from his new album, “So You Wannabe an Outlaw,” Friday at The Carolina Theatre. Photo by Ted Barron.

Open House at Horse and Buggy Press and Friends – Thursday, 5-8pm – Owner Dave Wofford hosts an open house in his new studio, a former grocery store on Broad Street between Oval Park Grille and Watts Grocery. Dave has curated a 500-square-foot gallery and showroom space, which features the work of dozens of established artists and craftspersons from across the Southeast. Count on finding work by great potters and glassblowers, furniture makers, painters, photographers, printmakers, metalsmiths and jewelers when you enter the gallery. Keep your ears open: There may be musicians or other performers on the front porch.

Nasher Creates: A Book-Altering Workshop with Chris Vitiello – Thursday, 6-8pm – Come to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for a free workshop on altered books – finding poems hidden in a page of text, coloring and collaging on the book page, inspired by Tom Phillips and Nina Chanel Abney (whose show at the Nasher closes July 16). Stay for 15 minutes or two hours, get a last look at the Abney show, and grab a drink from the bar. Kids welcome.

Gospel Night with The Glorifying Vines Sisters – Thursday, 7-8pm – For the these sisters, singing gospel is their form of self-fulfillment, and they’re bringing their show back to The Bullpen. This Farmville family band has been playing shows together for more than 25 years, touring more than 27 states and playing alongside other gospel greats such as the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Swanee Quintet and the Sensational Nightingales. Even as they’ve raised their families, their music has continued to flow with passion and determination to uplift audiences wherever they go. A dollar from every draft sold goes to benefit Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Dendy/Donovan Projects – Thursday, 8-9pm – Come see this troupe perform the world premiere, American Dance Festival-commissioned “Elvis Everywhere” at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. This show scrutinizes society’s fascination and obsession with celebrity. Head to the after-party at The Tavern, mingle with the artists and offer your own tribute to the King with an Elvis costume contest. There will be prizes and karaoke. Please note that the performance contains adult language.

Yo NC Raps! – Thursday, 9pm – This showcase of rappers is back in full force at The Pinhook, this time with some serious girl power! Performers include Raleigh’s Mosca Flux and Lena Jackson, Fayetteville’s Chyna Vonne and Maestra. Hosted by Domo, Raleigh’s Sarah, the Illstrumentalist, provides the beat set and Gemynii supplies the tunes.

Chris Jacobs – Friday, 6-8pm – Venture out to Durham Central Park as this up-and-coming country music star takes the stage. His 2016 album, “Dust to Gold,” quietly announced itself as one of the best roots-soul records of the year. It’s the second solo album from this Baltimore-based singer and guitarist who cut his teeth as the frontman for jam band The Bridge before striking out on his own. Jacobs continues to win over audiences of many tastes as he brings his characteristic authenticity and soul to every set. If you enjoy artists such as Country Soul, Outlaws, Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, then you need to come see this show. Food trucks and craft beer vendors will be on site.

Michael Ode Trio – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Catch this energetic and fast-rising young jazz talent as he leads his own group for two shows at Beyú Caffé. Drummer Michael Ode was born in Philadelphia, but he has spent most of his life in Durham. He was introduced to music at an early age, watching his church’s praise team and choir every Sunday and Wednesday. After noticing his early interest in music, his father decided to get him a toy drum set at age four. He developed his skills throughout high school by participating in the school marching band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and wind ensemble, percussion ensemble and drum line, and earned a music scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory.

Steve Earle and The Dukes – Friday, 8pm – Come out to The Carolina Theatre and see Steve Earle and his longtime band, The Dukes, perform his classic songs as well as tunes from his new album, “So You Wannabe an Outlaw.” If you ever had any doubt about where his musical roots are planted, his latest release makes it perfectly clear. As Steve says, “I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do. And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.” He views this album as the spiritual follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Guitar Town,” which was released 10 years ago. It is an homage to the early ’70s outlaw country musicians, in particular, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. You will hear their influence in his new music.

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company – Friday, 8-9:30pm; Saturday, 7-8:30pm – American Dance Festival welcomes this debut performance at DPAC. Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, the work “Betroffenheit” evokes the state of shock and bewilderment that is all encompassing in the wake of a disaster. Touching on themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery, the collaboration by Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre, two of Canada’s most celebrated companies, is an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theater and dance. Please note that this performance contains adult subject matter and language.

Thomas Rhyant – Friday, 8:30-11pm – This renowned gospel singer and his three-piece band return to The Bullpen to perform the music of the legendary King of Soul, Sam Cooke. Thomas has been a guitar player for more than 40 years and has always been an admirer of great tenor singers such as Danny Walker and Robert Arrington of The Fantastic Violinaires. He has also been inspired by some of the great tenors such as Eddie Kendricks, founder of The Temptations, and gospel artist Paul Beasley. Come out and watch this powerful tribute. Remember, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Tomato Day – Saturday, 9-11am – Mosey out to the Durham Farmers Market and take part in this annual tasting celebration. Try free samples of a variety of locally grown heirloom tomatoes – some paired with cheese from other market vendors – and vote for your favorite. The event will last as long as there are still tomatoes!

Durham Civil Rights History Walking Tour – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Explore our city’s history with Preservation Durham‘s walking tour that focuses on many of the sites in downtown that were important during the 1950s and ’60s Civil Rights movement, including the Durham County Courthouse, the Kress and Woolworth buildings, sites of sit-in protests, and more. Learn about the contributions of residents as well as local leaders like Floyd McKissick and national figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who brought America’s attention to the campaign for civil rights in the Bull City. The tour will begin and end at the Durham Farmers Market on Foster Street.

Jubilee Music Festival – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Uplifting harmonies and soulful rhythms await you at this annual Historic Stagville event. The free program will offer live performances of traditional gospel music and old-time fiddle and banjo music once common in the African-American community. The duo Fiddlestix, composed of 15-year-old Elle Moazenzedeh and 14-year-old Nia Gadson, will perform the old-time music. They are students of Justin Robinson, one of the original Carolina Chocolate Drops. Raleigh-based Truly Anointed Gospel (originally Teens with a Vision) and The Southside Church of Christ Choir, an a cappella chorus, will also perform.

‘The Unicorn in the Barn’ – Saturday, 3pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Durham-based bestselling children’s book author Jacqueline Ogburn for a reading and signing of her latest book. For years, people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away. One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. “Dr. Dolittle” meets “The Last Unicorn” in this tender and beautifully illustrated middle-grade fantasy about a boy and the unicorn that changes his worldview. Jacqueline has published 10 picture books, including “The Bake Shop Ghost,” and this is her first novel. She and her husband, Ben Deahl, have two daughters.

Mitch Butler/Leroy Barley Quintet – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – This quintet with a front line of trumpet and trombone has a rich history in straightforward jazz, and they play two shows tonight at Beyú Caffé. Jazz giants such as Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Woody Shaw and Steve Turre left behind an enormous body of work, so for this special tour, trumpeter Leroy Barley and trombonist Mitch Butler team up to pay tribute to the great masters of brass who pioneered this exciting sound.

Pat ‘Mother Blues’ Cohen – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Since she was 6 years old, Pat has been surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porches of her uncles’ homes in New Orleans where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Come see everything she learned – and then some – when she returns to The Bullpen. Through her performances, “Mother Blues” shares her life experiences with her audience via soulful words and music. She and her music embody the same courage, sadness and compassion of the famous singers she idolizes – women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. As always, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Live and Local: Music and Brunch – Sunday, noon-3pm – Enjoy live music by Michael Paris from the Dogwood Blossom Band at The Nasher Museum Café along with a brunch menu featuring local ingredients. Michael is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has played folk and Americana music for many years. His music also incorporates a dash of bluegrass and a little country. Artists such as Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell and Bob Dylan have been just some of his influences. The event is free for café patrons.

ADF Faculty Concert – Sunday, 2pm and 7pm –Each year, American Dance Festival‘s internationally renowned faculty share their explosive talent, skill and creativity with more than 400 students. The faculty will present two shows featuring their own choreography, performed by ADF students and faculty themselves at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University.

‘Welcome Home’ – Sunday, 3-4pm – Women’s Voices Chorus presents this benefit concert at Judea Reform Congregation in support of Church World Service-Durham. The chorus will perform “Welcome Home” fresh off a choral tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The program features music from the Baltic States and the United States, with themes of crossing borders, bridging our differences and the struggle to be free. The chorus will be directed by Allan Friedman and accompanied on piano by Chapel Hill’s Deborah Hollis. Admission to the concert is free and donations are welcome.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam – Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm – Bring an instrument, some dancing shoes or just some love for the blues and come jam at The Bullpen. The band will provide the backline: Just join in, have a beer, eat some wings and end the weekend on a high note. Keep in mind, $1 of every draft pint is donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

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