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Lineup Announced for Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival: October 9-10, 2021

The annual Artsplosure – Raleigh Arts Festival will showcase a diverse mix of music, performance art, children’s activities, interactive art, and fine artists and crafters in downtown Raleigh. As it has been for 41 years, Artsplosure is free to the public!

RALEIGH, N.C. – Artsplosure, the presenter of Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, today announces its lineup of performing artists for its 41st namesake festival to take place on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 in downtown Raleigh. Festival organizers have curated an eclectic mix of emerging performers ranging from acoustic blues, to Cosmic Americana, to soul, to alt-folk, and more.

Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2021 Performing Artists

Son Little • Brittney Spencer • Aaron Lee Tasjan • Ida Mae • Thunderstorm Artis • Lakota John • Christopher Paul Stelling • Bassel & The Supernaturals • Blue Cactus • Libby Rodenbough • T. Gold • Chessa Rich • Trippers & Askers • and more!

Performances on Saturday, October 9 highlight an array of talent and genres, featuring sets from first generation Syrian-American Bassel & the Supernaturals, NC native guitarist and songwriter Lakota John, southern folk singer and guitarist Christopher Paul Stelling, and Americana singer-songwriter, ace guitarist, and fiery live performer Aaron Lee Tasjan. Saturday’s headliner is Son Little, hailed by NPR as “honest and unpretentious,” while The Independent proclaimed him “a formidable talent,” and Vice declared that he was “dissolving the barrier between R&B and rock ‘n’ roll one tearjerker at a time.”

Live music performances will continue on Sunday, October 10, with Americana/Indie-Country duo Blue Cactus, Sleepy Cat Records artists Trippers & Askers, T. Gold, Chessa Rich, and Libby Rodenbough, acoustic alt-folk duo Ida Mae, and Thunderstorm Artis, Season 18 finalist on NBC’s The Voice. Sunday’s headliner is country singer-songwriter and rising star Brittney Spencer, recently heralded by Maren Morris as an artist to watch during her 2020 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year acceptance speech.

A complete list of the full line-up of visual artists, special activities and music will soon be available at

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About Artsplosure

Artsplosure is an independent nonprofit organization that presents arts festivals in Raleigh, including its namesake spring festival since 1980 and First Night Raleigh since 1991. Its mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public, all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on the recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission and is also supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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