One of the best parts of summer in the Triangle, Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens series, is just around the corner. The shows are held at the beautiful Duke Gardens every Wednesday during the summer starting on June 1.
For a streamlined list of 2011 performers scroll to the bottom of the post, as we'll run through them in more detail below.
This season will kick off with the Grammy-nominated Louisiana Cajun music band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys on June 1. It is specifically noted for this show that space will be provided for dancing, so that will be fun.
Second up is the fantastic brass band Fight the Big Bull on June 8, which some of you may remember from Megafaun's Sounds of the South performances last September. Check out photos and a review of one of the shows HERE.
Massachusetts indie folk group The Parkington Sisters will be playing June 15.
Host shot Durham indie rockers Hammer No More the Fingers will perform on June 22.
Shirlette & the Dynamite Brothers, the collaboration between artist Shirlette Ammons and the Dynamite Brothers will perform on June 29. There will b guest appearances by Justin Robinson (formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Adrian Duke, Jeanne Jolly, Shana Tucker, Pierce Freelon (of The Beast), Jocelyn Ellis, Juan Huevos, Daniel Hart (of The Physics of Meaning) and Yahzarah.
Jaunty, eclectic Greensboro pop band Holy Ghost Tent Revival will play July 6.
Closing the contemporary music portion of season will be none other than orchestral indie folk juggernauts Lost in the Trees on July 13.
The final two performances of the season will feature chamber music and be held inside at Kirby Hall at Duke Gardens. Bonnie Thron (cello), Fred Jacobowitz (clarinet) & John Noel (piano) will perform on July 20, and Fred Raimi (cello, of the Ciompi Quartet) and Eric Pritchard (violin) featuring pianist Jane Hawkins will perform on July 27.
Tickets for all of the contemporary shows except Lost in the Trees will go on sale on Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. HERE. Tickets for Lost in the Trees will go on sale on Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. Tickets for the chamber music shows are available now. Prices are $10 for the public and $5 for Duke students and employees for all shows except Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, where tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for Duke employees and $5 for Duke students.
2011 Music in the Gardens series
06.01.11 - Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
06.08.11 - Fight the Big Bull
06.15.11 - The Parkington Sisters
06.22.11 - Hammer No More the Fingers
06.29.11 - Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers
07.06.11 - Holy Ghost Tent Revival
07.13.11 - Lost in the Trees
07.20.11 - Bonnie Thron, Fred Jacobowitz & John Noel
07.27.11 - Fred Raimi & Eric Pritchard featuring Jane Hawkins