Back Porch Music Is Back On The Lawn For 2015

Mar 22, 2015

Credit WUNC / American Tobacco

Thursday evenings mean music and family-fun in Durham.

The Back Porch Music On The Lawn series of concerts returns with eight shows at the American Tobacco Historic District.

The free concerts run May through September on the lawn under the Lucky Strike water tower.

The shows start at 6 p.m. and most feature two bands. Picnics and coolers are welcome, but no glass, please. Food and beverages are available at American Tobacco restaurants that surround the American Tobacco Amphitheater.

The folks at Yep Roc Records created a special On The Lawn video featuring their artists with scheduled dates:

Here's a look at this year's full lineup and dates:

Chatham County Line with Jeanne Jolly Trio - September 10 at 6 p.m. - Chatham Co website | Jeanne Jolly site
On the Lawn favorites return for their third concert under the Lucky Strike tower. The contemporary bluegrass band formed in Raleigh in 1999.

See you "on the lawn" this summer. Hear WUNC's Back Porch Music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

How to get to American Tobacco and the BPM Concerts:

Shows from earlier this year:

John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff with Tonk - May 14 at 6 p.m.  - Tonk website | John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff website

Two North Carolina bands that explore deep-roots country and honky-tonk with a bit of alt-country mixed in for good measure.

Scythian with Mark Schimick String Band - May 28 at 6 p.m. -  Scythian website | Mark Schimick site

Celtic rock and American folk rock band based in the metro DC area with a winning sound that combines traditional jigs with contemporary covers.

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band and Darren Hanlon - June 11 at 6 p.m. -  Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band site | Darren Hanlon site
Contemporary singer-songwriter and alt-country musicians collaborates with contemporary Athens, Georgia bluegrass band

Australian singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon will join Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band with soft and amiable folk pop arrangements.

The Gravy Boys & Alice Gerrard and the Piedmont Melody Makers - June 25 at 6 p.m. Gravy Boys website | Alice Gerrard site

As their website blurb states, "The Gravy Boys make Acoustic Americana Music by adding a cup of country, a pinch of roots rock, a handful of honky-tonk, a splash of bluegrass, a dash of hobo folk, stirring vigorously, and letting it simmer 'til the pot bubbles over." We have a post with more details about both bands for you to read, too.


Jeff Austin Band & Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims - July 30 at 6 p.m. - Jeff Austin website | Hank & Lindsey site

Jeff plays mandolin and sings with the Yonder Mountain String Band. His touring band includes Danny Barnes, Ross Martin, and Eric Thorin.

Music Makers All Star Revue featuring, Eddie Tigner, Peewee Hayes, Albert White, Nashid Abdul, and Ardie Dean - August 13 at 6 p.m. Music Maker website
Hillsborough, NC-based Music Maker Relief Foundation presents an evening of electric and acoustic blues featuring some Southern blues pioneers.

American Aquarium with The Chicken Wire Gang - August 27 at 6 p.m. - American Aquarium website | Chicken Wire Gang site

American Aquarium is a Raleigh-based alt-country band formed in 2006. Their name is inspired by a Wilco song.