Live music on the Courthouse Lawn on Saturday October 20. Hear Yarn, James Justin & Co., Sirius.B, Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work, Onward, Soldiers, The Bulltown Strutters. At The Depot: Judy Woodall and The Doc Branch Band. Hear Okie Weiss at Daylight Project Space.
Join us on the Courthouse Lawn for music all day long!
Bands begin around noon and we’ll take a break for the Hillsborough Handmade Parade at 2pm. Once the parade is finished, we’ll start up the music again around 3:30pm. Click here for the schedule.
Click on each band to visit their website and to hear a sampling of their music.
Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.
James Justin & Co.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, with their toes firmly in the sands of Folly Beach, SC, JJ&Co have built their base of spirited fans through heavy touring, high harmonies, and impeccable bluegrass chops. With one foot in traditional roots music and the other on a reverb pedal, Stratocaster in hand, it’s no wonder that JJ&Co have attracted notable influences from Sam Bush to Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell to collaborate with on stage and in the studio.
Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work
Pierce Edens is a songwriter at odd angles. The only music he heard growing up was in the local folk and old-time music hub of his mountain home, and the occasional reception on the car radio. Then, following a deluge of punk and grunge that enveloped his teenage years, Edens’ songwriting became a seamless blend of two worlds colliding. He likes to bang on old wooden boxes. He likes to break strings. He likes to stomp and howl out songs that tell his own story, and the stories handed down through the mountains. He is a songwriter steeped in the craft he grew up on… yet, Edens is an undeniably distinct voice at home in modern american music.
Sirius.B brings to you the finest Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk that the world has to offer. Their “impressively irreverent, combustible, three-ring circus of sound [and] high-energy style is difficult to neatly categorize. They play foreign music as well as upbeat and serious originals, with a lyrical style ranging from the quirky to the absurd.”
Onward, Soldiers is a string and drum quartet from the swampy southeast coast of North Carolina. They interpret and play the arrangements of songs written by Sean Thomas Gerard. The have appeared at many festivals throughout the country including: SXSW, CMJ, and Hopscotch and can be seen on the PBS program Sun Sessions filmed live in Sun Studio.
The Bulltown Strutters
The Bulltown Strutters is a community parade band, inspired by second line street band traditions from New Orleans. Our intention is to build camaraderie with fun music and dance, inspiring everyone to join the revelry.
and also performing at the Daylight Project Space in downtown Hillsborough
A truly sublime marriage of bluegrass and country music’s best melodies, elements of rock, soul and jazz, and masterful, emotive lyrics, bearing comparison to such giants as Neil Young, The Band or Gram Parsons”
- Steve Lalla, Montreal Hour