Weekend at a Glance: Bands, Benefits and Beats n Bars

Weekend at a Glance: Bands, Benefits and Beats n Bars

Whether you're looking to just sit back and listen to the music, run in one of Durham's shortest races or hang out with family and friends at a festival, this weekend's got something for you!

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The Beats n Bars hip-hop festival features hip-hop artists and emcees as well as a conference with innovators in the urban culture and music industry. Photo by Dare Kumolu-Johnson, Kumolu Studios.

Yarn/Songs from the Road Band – Thursday 6pm – American Tobacco‘s annual music series continues with the Grammy-nominated Americana band, joined on the lawn by the Songs from the Road, a fresh new bluegrass band lead by Charles Humphrey formerly of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Dogs, picnics and children are welcome (just no glass). American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open and preparing quick-grab items for concertgoers. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Beats n Bars – Friday-Sunday – The three-day festival at the American Tobacco Campus and American Underground @Main features hip-hop artists and emcees as well as The Fresh Effect Music Conference, a space for attendees to engage with innovators, entrepreneurs, cultural creatives and music makers who work with and within urban culture and music. The lineup showcases the dynamic range of hip-hop, featuring Dead Prez, $wank, Pinqy Ring and Young Bull, among others.

Shop & Share with Durham Living Wage Project – Friday, 10am-7pm – Support two local nonprofits at once! Ten percent of your entire purchase at One World Market will be donated to Durham Living Wage Project. DLWP promotes a just economy where workers are paid fairly, employers are successful and our community thrives as a result.

The Steel Wheels with Alan Barnosky – Friday, 8pm – Come out to Motorco Music Hall for a mix of Blue Ridge Americana and Durham bluegrass, folk and country blues. The Steel Wheels and Alan Barnosky grace the stage with unique instrumentals and vocals.

Stagville Under the Stars: Summer Edition – Friday, 8-10pm – The Morehead Planetarium presents a night of West African storytelling and stargazing at Historic Stagville. Learn about the oral tradition that might have been preserved by enslaved families. After the storytelling, there will be telescopes and sky tours outside.

Audio Under the Stars presents SuperStars: Five Years of Favorites – Friday, 8-10pm – Durham’s one-and-only audio garden party is wrapping up the 2018 season with a look back at the past five years! Favorite stories from each season will be featured, so come celebrate in the garden under the stars at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Yoga for Littles – End of Summer Celebration – Saturday 9:30-10:30am – Bring the kids out to Funny Girl Farm for stretches, poses and meditation, plus a fun farm activity (for those energetic ones) during half-hour yoga sessions followed by a half hour of a craft or activity. Recommended for children ages 3-8 years old, each session – taught by yoga practitioner and mother of two, Liz Harden – is $20 for one parent and one child (siblings younger than 3 are free) or $25 per family (multiple parents and children participating). Arrive early and enjoy coffee and baked goods from the farmstead!

Nido Durham Yard Sale – Saturday 9am-noon – Come out  to a shopping event to benefit the new outdoor space at Nido Durham Coworking and Childcare! Baby and kids clothes (ages newborn-5T), toys, gear, maternity items will be for sale as well as doughnuts and coffee. Shoppers are invited to bring a pack of diapers to be donated to the Diaper Bank of North Carolina.

Volunteer @ Eastway Elementary – Saturday 10am-noon – Eastway Elementary is gearing up for the upcoming school year! They need help setting up computers, moving furniture, putting up posters, setting up bookshelves and more. Beyú Caffè is sponsoring the event and providing free coffee and baked goods for volunteers.

Harvest and Hornworm Festival – Saturday 10am-3pm – North Carolina farming history and culture comes to life at this year’s event at Duke Homestead, featuring live music, local arts and food, hands-on history, a looping contest, the last tobacco auction in Durham and the famous hornworm race.

Nancy Peacock & Nora Gaskin Esthimer in Conversation – Saturday 2-3pm – Nancy Peacock (Piedmont Laureate) and Nora Gaskin (editorial director of Lystra Books) will have a conversation at the East Regional Branch of the Durham County Library discussing their experiences with boutique publishing and commercial publishing.

Bungalow First Anniversary – Saturday, 11am-8m – Enjoy a glass of wine from Bulldega, a crostini from Toast and an Elderflower Presse from England. A representative from Goodman Spalding Jewelry will showcase special pieces from the collection from 4-8pm, and the Poetry Fox will be on hand to write a poem just for you from 4-6pm.

Hope Valley Wine and Beverage 10th Anniversary – Saturday, 5-8pm – Join in a celebratory tasting party to mark the wine and bottle shop’s 10th year of business! Four different guest hosts will be pouring samples: Greg Pfaender, Sara Marston, Jen Salomé and Laurence O. Vuelta. There will be tasty treats, both savory and sweet, to nosh on while you make the rounds, plus door prizes to give away.

Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour with Lauren Duski – Saturday 7pm – Bobby Bones is the youngest honoree ever to be named to the National Radio Hall of Fame for his self-titled radio show. After embarking on his first comedy tour in 2017, he’s  hitting the road again this year, bringing a brand-new show and plenty of new jokes to his fans, with special guest Lauren Duski.

Kate McGarry & Lois Deloatch Gomes: Songs of Family and Home – Saturday 9pm – Kate McGarry and Lois Deloatch Gomes are Durham vocalists who hail from different parts of the country but share a common bond in music. Join Lois and Kate as they come together for a very special performance at the Sharp Nine Gallery.

Alison Crockett – Saturday 7-10pm – Alison Crockett showcases her soulful sound at Beyú Caffè with her new project “Obrigada,” which focuses on her new love for Brazilian music. Her career has spanned many genres and takes influence from jazz, gospel and blues.

Free Things in Life Festival – Sunday, noon-8pm – This interactive, outdoor art fair and music festival features small startup businesses, visual artists and independent musicians from across the U.S. The festival – held at All People’s Grill – aims to create a communal environment for all people by combining the arts with community partnerships.

The Point 262 – Sunday 2-4pm – Fullsteam Brewery and Bull City Running Co. proudly present this fun run! There will be both a timed sprint and recreational run through downtown Durham, feats of strength competitions and an after-party. Prizes will be awarded including Most Creative Costume and Most Creative Mode of Transportation.

Kids for Change – Sunday 3-5pm – Families Moving Forward presents an end-of-summer celebration for kids and their families at Durham Central Park. Enjoy free family fun with food trucks, activities and live entertainment from Durham’s very own Rissi Palmer, Baron Von Rumblebuss and Jeghetto.

Parizade’s Annual Greek Night 2018 – Sunday 5:30pm – Parizade hosts its annual Greek extravaganza, including a live bouzouki player, dancing, fortune telling, live statues and a decadent buffet filled with all the signature flavors of the restaurant!

Olde Timey Funday with Elonzo Wesley – Sunday 5-7pm – Fullsteam Brewery hosts Elonzo Wesley, an indie rock band hailing from Charlotte. Singer-songwriter Jeremy Davis formed the band in 2015, naming it after his father. Kick back with a cold brew and enjoy this “Funday” afternoon.

Elizabeth Cook with Ladies Gun Club – Sunday 8pm – Motorco hosts the Grand Ole Opry regular, showcasing her new album, Exodus of Venus. Also performing is Ladies Gun Club, a psychedelic-hillybilly-rock duo based out of Nashville.

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Cara is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Spanish. In her free time, she likes writing, tap dancing, quoting TV shows and finding new dog Instagram accounts to follow.