ArtsCenter Spring 2014 Concert Series Dazzles

Entering its 40th year, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro will offer a concert series for the first half of 2014 dazzling in its scope and ambition, according to Executive Director Art Menius. The ArtsCenter, which was producing less than thirty concerts annually as recently as 2012, will present at least 42 concerts during the first six months of 2014 alone, Menius said. He asserted that the programming will sample the diversity of North American and British Isles folk and roots music from the Jamaican reggae of The Wailers and the dance drive of Quebec’s Genticorum to bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene to Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish fiddling and the blues of Guy Davis and Rory Block. The artists come from 19 states, three Canadian provinces, Scotland, Jamaica, Ireland, and England. Tickets and more information can be obtained from, The ArtsCenter Box Office (919-929-2787 and 300-G East Main Street Carrboro. Reopening January 2), and on Facebook.

Menius also announced that The ArtsCenter would begin extending its lowest ticket prices, The ArtsCenter Friends advance rate, to students and active duty military. Those who purchase on line should bring their IDs with them to the concert. This advance rate is not available the day of show.

“This programming has been a lot of fun to assemble,” Menius claimed. “Much like putting together a big festival, the joy comes from seeing the themes emerge. For one example, we bring back to town former residents Grace Pettis (Feb 1, daughter of Pierce Pettis) and bluesman Scott Ainslie (March 28). For another, Martha Redbone Roots Program (Feb 2), Sparky & Rhonda Rucker (Jan 16), and GangstaGrass (Jan 18, creators of the theme to FX series “Justified”) provide three very different African-American perspectives on Appalachian music. They remind us of what an ethnically and musically diverse place the mountains were from the early 1900s until around 1960.”

The ArtsCenter concerts for the first half of 2014 include familiar faces – Robin & Linda Williams (Jan 3), Lucy Kaplansky (Feb 22), and John McCutcheon (March 22); emerging acts and established stars in bluegrass, Celtic, the blues, and singer-songwriter music; a stunning succession of old-time artists; and some great local musicians such as Bevel Summers, the Piney Woods Boys, and Nu-Blu. “We are bringing to Carrboro today’s premier artists such as Hot Club of Cowtown, Genticorum, April Verch Band, and British guitarist Clive Carroll; the legends who preceded them from Alice Gerrard to the Wailers to Bothy Band piper Paddy Kenan; to astonishing new comers such as Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Stray Birds, and Joe Pug,” Menius said.

The ArtsCenter Concert Series for January through June 2014:

Friday, January 03, 2014 Robin & Linda Williams
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 Genticorum
Friday, January 10, 2014 Nu Blu
Saturday, January 11, 2014 Hot Club of Cowtown
Sunday, January 12, 2014 Dana & Susan Robinson
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
Friday, January 17, 2014 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Saturday, January 18, 2014 GangstaGrass
Sunday, January 19, 2014 The Wailers: 30th Anniversary of Legend Tour
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Cahallen Morrison & Eli West w/Bevel Summers
Friday, January 24, 2014 Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Chris Hale, & Jim Watson
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Grace Pettis
Sunday, February 02, 2014 Martha Redbone Roots Project
Saturday, February 08, 2014 Joe Pug
Sunday, February 09, 2014 David Jacobs-Strain
Friday, February 21, 2014 Ennis
Saturday, February 22, 2014 Lucy Kaplansky
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Clive Carroll
Friday, February 28, 2014 Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Sunday, March 09, 2014 Guy Davis
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Rory Block
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Paul McKenna Band
Saturday, March 16, 2013 The Stray Birds
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Pete & Maura Kennedy
Friday, March 21, 2014 Missy Raines & the New Hip
Saturday, March 22, 2014 John McCutcheon
Thursday, March 27, 2014 Archie Fischer & Garnet Rogers
Friday, March 28, 2014 Scott Ainslie
Saturday, March 29, 2014 Foghorn String Band w/Piney Woods Boys
Friday, April 04, 2014 Sultans of String
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Drew Nelson
Friday, April 11, 2014 Seldom Scene
Sunday, April 13, 2014 Brother Sun
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Paddy Keenan
Thursday, May 01, 2014 Cathie Ryan
Friday, May 02, 2014 April Verch
Friday, May 09, 2014 Rolling Roots Review
Sunday, May 11, 2014 Tret Fure
Friday, June 06, 2014 Songs from the Circle 3
Sunday, June 08, 2014 Jeanette & Johnnie Williams with Louisa Branscomb
Sunday, June 15, 2014 Burning Bridget Cleary
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Clarke Buehling

ArtsCenter Concert Sponsors include: Atma Hotel Group, Furniture Lab, Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Giorgios Hospitality Group, Brooks Pierce, Hypestarter, and Caktus Group. The North Carolina Arts Council and Orange County Arts Commission support programs at The ArtsCenter.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Art Menius, Executive Director (, 919-929-2787×217)


The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves more than 89,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact exceeding $3,200,000 which generates the equivalent of 103 full time jobs and $301,000 in state and local tax revenue.

Thank You Supporters!
Programs at The ArtsCenter are supported in part by Atma Hotel Group, Brooks Pierce, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Furniturelab, Giorgios Hospitality Group, The North Carolina Arts Council, The Orange County Arts Commission, and Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe.