Back On The Lawn: Concert Series Starts Tonight

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series starts tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids.
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Update: 12:28 p.m. Southern Culture on the Skids to has been rescheduled for  Thursday May 22 at 6 p.m.

Update: 12:06 p.m. Due to the weather, the concert tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids and the Letter Jackets has been canceled.  We're hope to reschedule -- stay tuned for details. We'll post updates on the main Back Porch On The Lawn Concerts page.

For the past few summers, WUNC's Back Porch Music has put on a series of free concerts under the Lucky Strike tower at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.  Freddy Jenkins and Keith Weston are hosting the eight shows this year on Thursday nights between May and September. 

Weather permitting, things kick off tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids rolling up to the Back Porch. They're the self-styled "bards of downward mobility."

The Letter Jackets are set to open for SCOTS tonight.

Next month, Balsam Range is coming from Haywood County, NC. Their mandolin player was nominated for a Grammy and won an Album of the Year award at the International Bluegrass Festival. Durham-based Bethesda Bluegrass Band will open for them.

Keith and Freddy are excited about the Lee Boys, a celebrated African-American sacred steel ensemble. Sacred steel is a style that was developed in Pentacostal church in the South in the last century. It features steel guitar and is inspired by Gospel, blues and jazz music. Opening for the Lee Boys is Love Canon, which plays bluegrass covers of '80s hits.

Other bands coming to the stage this summer include Yarn, Bombadil, Mandolin Orange and Mipso.  Keith says there's also a secret lineup for a September show, but you'll have to keep checking back on for details.