Upcoming Programs Highlight NC Musical Culture and Heritage

Upcoming Programs Highlight NC Musical Culture and Heritage

The North Carolina Humanities Council is proud to announce our latest partnership event series with Oxford American. Publication and live events from Raleigh to Asheville showcase North Carolina’s cultural heritage.

Oxford American celebrates North Carolina music with a statewide tour of stories and songs.

October 2, 2018—LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS—The Oxford American magazine’s celebration of its twentieth annual Southern Music issue, this year featuring North Carolina, will be held Monday, November 26 ­– Saturday, December 1, 2018. This weeklong celebration, co-presented by Hillsborough, North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records, and designed in partnership with North Carolina-native singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, will be comprised of music events featuring a Statewide Singing Circle and literary readings highlighting stories from the issue. “As a proud member of the Oxford American family, I was thrilled they turned their gaze to North Carolina for their music issue,” Merritt said. “Our musical family tree has as many branches as it does roots and I look forward to seeing how the Oxford American paints us.”

The celebration will kick-off Monday, November 26 with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion followed by a concert at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh and will conclude at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café in Asheville on December 1, with events in Durham and Charlotte in between. The Statewide Singing Circle, led by Tift Merritt, will vary from city to city, but will feature a diverse group of beloved North Carolina musicians coming together in intimate collaborations to create a unique once-in-a-lifetime show. A few of the many special guests include ASM (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Shirlette Ammons, Chatham County Line, David Childers, Chócala, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Big Ron Hunter, Thomas Rhyant, Tyler Ramsey, Chris Stamey, and Shannon Whitworth among many others, as well as surprise guests to be revealed later. The reading events will also include literary luminaries Jill McCorkle, Wiley Cash, and Malinda Maynor Lowery and will be emceed by Oxford American deputy editor Maxwell George, a North Carolina native.  

The live programs are made possible with the support of co-presenting sponsors North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and North Carolina Humanities Council. Additional major partners include North Carolina Arts Council, Visit North Carolina, ArtsGreensboro, Bob Nocek Presents, Maxx Music, Isis Music Hall, The Pinhook, Letters Bookshop, Free Range Brewing, and Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

All events are co-presented by Yep Roc Records in addition to the local presenting partners noted on each event. Tickets to all events will go on sale to the public Friday, October 5 at noon EST. Below, find a listing of the full suite of events and ticket details.

For more information, visit OxfordAmerican.org/NC2018 or call 501-374-0000. The lineup below is current as of October 2, 2018, and subject to change. Some events require ticket purchase.

Oxford American’s North Carolina music issue will be on newsstands starting November 20, 2018, online at OxfordAmerican.org, and will be available for purchase at each of these events.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018

 

Governor’s Mansion

 

Raleigh, North Carolina, 5:30pm-7:00pm

 

The Oxford American will host a reception with readings and music, to be followed by a full 90-minute concert at Fletcher Opera Theater. Entry is limited via Ticketmaster.com as part of a VIP admission to the Fletcher Opera Theater concert that evening.

 

Fletcher Opera Theater
Statewide Singing Circle - Raleigh

 

2 E South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, 7:30pm

 

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and range from $27 (balcony) | $32 (orchestra) | $65 (VIP)

 

Presented in partnership with Bob Nocek Presents, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, ASM (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Shirlette Ammons, Chatham County Line, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Big Ron Hunter, Chris Stamey, and other surprise guests.

 

*Note that VIP tickets include entry to the pre-concert reception at the Governor’s Mansion*

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018

 

The Pinhook
Stories From the Issue - Durham

 

117 W Main Street, Durham, North Carolina, 6:30pm, Free to the public

 

Presented in partnership with Pinhook and Letters Bookstore, join us for stories from the issue featuring Dasan Ahanu, Sarah Bryan, Benjamin Hedin, Jill McCorkle, Mark Powell, and Tom Rankin, and musical guests Tift Merritt and Phil Cook.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018

 

Free Range Brewing
Stories From the Issue - Charlotte

 

2320 N Davidson Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, 7:00pm, Free to the public

 

Presented in partnership with Free Range Brewing, join us for stories from the issue featuring Rebecca Bengal, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Lauren Du Graf, Jon Kirby, John Thomason, and Dave Tompkins, and musical guest Tift Merritt.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

 

Booth Playhouse
Statewide Singing Circle - Charlotte

 

Founders Hall, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, 7:30pm

 

Tickets are available via CarolinaTix.org, and range from $20 (balcony) | $25 (orchestra rear) | $28 (orchestra front)

 

Presented in partnership with Maxx Music, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, Chócala, Phil Cook, David Childers, writer Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Benji Hughes, Bill Noonan, Thomas Rhyant, and other surprise guests.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

 

Isis Music Hall
Statewide Singing Circle - Asheville

 

743 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina, 8:30pm

 

Tickets are available via IsisAsheville.com, and are $20 (general admission)

 

Presented in partnership with Isis Music Hall, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, poet Nickole Brown, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Mike Guggino, Amanda Anne Platt, Jimmy Landry, Michael Libramento, Tyler Ramsey, Graham Sharp, Shannon Whitworth, and other surprise guests.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

 

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café
Stories From the Issue - Asheville

 

55 Haywood Street, Asheville, North Carolina, 3:00pm Free to the public

 

Presented in partnership with Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café, join us for stories from the issue featuring Nickole Brown, Wiley Cash, David Joy, Jon Kirby, Melinda Maynor Lowery, and C.L. White, and musical guest Tift Merritt.