Jessica Banov The News and the Observer
Some of North Carolina’s nationally acclaimed artists and musical groups will take to the stage this spring — both virtually and at a two-day music festival.
The inaugural That Music Festival will cover a range of musical genres at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on June 24-25.
The lineup features 12 headlining bands and over 20 artists, including Mountain Goats, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mipso, American Aquarium, Delta Rae, Chatham County Line, Rissi Palmer, Boulevards, Jim Lauderdale and more. All are formed in North Carolina or have members who live in the state.
The festival is organized by the Americana radio station called That Station (95.7 FM).
Meanwhile, another generation of musicians with North Carolina ties will take part in the second Big Night In for the Arts, a fundraiser to help the arts community that has struggled during the pandemic.
This year’s event will take place on March 10 at 7 p.m. and will feature musician Ben Folds, jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, Hiss Golden Messenger and poet Jaki Shelton Green.
The first event in March 2021, broadcast both on WRAL and online, raised over $350,000 to help local arts councils in Wake, Durham, Chatham and Orange counties. It starred Scotty McCreery, Branford Marsalis, Oscar-nominated actress Ariana DeBose and Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange).