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Fall Arts Preview: Seven Must-See Fall Concerts


Durham Fandango

Wednesday September 21 and Thursday September 22 | The Fruit / Durham Bottling Co., Durham

This lively two-day event, free to the public, with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, celebrates the son jarocho community folk music tradition of Veracruz, Mexico. Wednesday evening, Larry & Joe (Larry Bellorín and Joe Troop, whose collaboration was recent INDY Week cover) and music by Wendy and Tacho Utrera (part of the family group Los Utrera); On Thursday, community members can learn the basics of son jarocho in a workshop.

Farm Aid Festival

Saturday September 24 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh

The Farm Aid festivals, held each year to support American farmers, have a storied past: the first event was organized in 1985 by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young and featured Bob Dylan, BB King and Billy Joel as performers. Decades later, the festival returns to Raleigh (the last time it was held in the Triangle was in 2014), and Nelson and Mellencamp will perform alongside Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Brittney Spencer and many more musicians who straddle country, rock, and blues genres.

Watchhouse with Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves

Saturday October 1 | North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh

Watching Watchhouse (formerly known as Mandolin Orange) outside at NCMA has taken on the feel of an annual rite of passage as summer turns to fall. North Carolina’s favorite folk duo is joined this year by traditional banjo and fiddle musicians Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves (who was featured in a recent INDY Week publish). With a recent chilly fall in the air, it’s only fitting to pack a blanket and a bottle of wine and plan an evening on the museum lawn.

Kooley’s Big Anniversary Show | Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2 | The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh

North Carolina-based collective Kooley High have built a repertoire around sonic throwbacks to the golden age of soul and hip-hop, and now, after more than a decade in the industry, the outfit is so established that it sends it back to itself. The two-day anniversary show will commemorate the band’s 2011 album, David Thompson, with songs like “Dear Raleigh” sure to touch the hearts of local listeners. Nance, Jalisa and Luckyuno will complete the lineup.

Father John Misty | Saturday October 8 | Durham Performing Arts Centre, Durham

Josh Tillman, who plays Father John Misty, is known for his charismatic performances loaded with unexpected moments (at one performance I attended, he swaggered onstage with a bottle of booze and started reading an engaging, albeit unfinished, manuscript for 20 minutes; legend also has it that he once wandered down the street and into the INDY Week offices in Durham for a concert). Luckily, that seems to be what audiences love most about him; for this tour, he returns with a new album Chloë and the following 20th century, his first new material in four years. Everything can happen!

Ibibio sound machine | Wednesday October 26 | Motorco Music Hall, Durham

With songs that blend funk, disco, electronica, afropunk and a dozen other styles of music, Ibibio Sound Machine rejected genre limitations in favor of a sound defined primarily by movement. The group, led by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, blasts through decades of music with its boundless beats and existential choruses, serving up a sonic cocktail that will thrill people of all ages on the dance floor. Ibibio Sound Machine’s fall tour will feature songs from their latest album, Electricity, released this year on Durham-based label Merge Records. Pop duo Terror Jr make their Motorco debut.

Plains | Monday, November 7 | Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw

Plains – the brown alt-country duo of musicians Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson – have released just two songs ahead of their multi-city fall tour, but the strength of those two songs and the unspoken strength of country soul of the two musicians rock prowess, was enough to pave the way for a busy tour. Plains’ stop in the Triangle has a bit of a hometown vibe to it, too: Waxahatchee is signed to Durham label Merge, and Durham’s Brad Cook produced the duo’s debut album, I walked a path with youwhich falls on October 14.

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