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Artsplosure Announces Lineup for 34th Annual Raleigh Arts Festival


Squonk Roadshow

Artsplosure is pleased to announce the lineup for its 34th annual namesake spring arts festival May 17-19 in and around Moore Square and on City Plaza in downtown Raleigh.

Celebrating fine visual art and live music since 1980, this year’s festival continues the tradition of presenting high quality and accessible art for free in the heart of the capital city. As one of the Southeast’s premier arts festivals, Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival attracts more than 80,000 people to downtown Raleigh during the third weekend of May each year.

The Artsplosure Art Market – one of the central elements of this annual celebration – showcases the talents of 170 juried independent visual artists and crafters, including North Carolina-based artists and artists from across the United States. Artwork by fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting in 10 different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Booths will line Blount, Martin, and Hargett Streets near Moore Square and City Market. The Art Market will be open Saturday, May 18 from 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, May 19 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

In addition to the visual arts, Artsplosure highlights superb performing artists, with an emphasis on jazz, blues and roots-inspired musicians. Artsplosure 2013 will feature more than a dozen music performances on two stages in Moore Square on Saturday and Sunday during the festival. Headlining the Main Stage in Moore Square at 8:00 Saturday evening will be BoDeans – a Milwaukee-based American roots rock band whose hit “Closer to Free” became the theme song for the television show Party of Five. The group released their eleventh studio album, American Made, in 2012.  Closing out the festival on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 will be a performance by The Wailers – the legendary groundbreaking reggae group founded by the late Bob Marley.

The Main Stage lineup also includes performances by blues guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan; the African-inspired music of Toubab Krewe; Piedmont blues from Jon Shain; jazz saxophonist Jeanette Harris; soulful singer-songwriter Jesse Dee; and jazz/pop from Boston-based Lake Street Dive.

The North Carolina Stage will showcase up and coming young artists and performers with North Carolina roots. Taking the stage this year will be bluegrass band Holy Ghost Tent Revival; jazz/folk singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly; Grammy-winner Barbara Bailey Hutchison; indie pop group Matrimony; acoustic string band Corn and the Colonels; gospel/pop group Hazelwood; and emerging singer-songwriter and pianist Dylan Linehan.

Artsplosure is happy to present the Raleigh debut of the GO Roadshow from Pittsburgh’s Squonk Opera with ten performances on City Plaza from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19. According to Squonk Opera, their multi-disciplinary GO Roadshow is “a music and art-mobile – a 34-foot long monster truck retrofitted with truck-horn calliope, a wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano that is played while it
wheels around!” GO Roadshow performances include a participatory musical mini-parade and opportunities for discussion with the performers following each show.

Other annual Artsplosure festival favorites return this year, including a giant sand sculpture by architect Ed Moore; the oversized chess set from Chessworks; the Artsplosure Student Art Exhibition, featuring works from more than 120 talented young artists from Wake County schools; and Kidsplosure, with interactive art activities and performances for children and families in Moore Square.

Howard and Lyn Satisky are serving as the Artsplosure 2013 Honorary Chairs, spearheading a fundraising campaign to support Artsplosure. Mr. Satisky is a Raleigh commercial real estate attorney, and the couple is a longtime supporter of the arts in Raleigh.

Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival is free to the public and is held rain or shine. Artsplosure is an independent nonprofit organization that has presented arts festivals in downtown Raleigh since 1980. For more information about this year’s spring arts festival, visit

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