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Back Porch Music Is Back On The Lawn: 8 Free Concerts In 2014

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WUNC / American Tobacco

WUNC's Back Porch Music on the Lawn series back on the lawn under the Lucky Strike tower in the heart of the American Tobacco CampusThe free concerts are on Thursday nights from May to September.  The series is part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the American Tobacco Campus.

The shows start up 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.


September 4  6 p.m.
WUNC helps the American Tobacco Campus celebrate its 10th anniversary with Chatham County Line and Michael Rank! More about this show.

How To Get There And Directions - Google Maps

The American Tobacco Campus where the concerts take place is located at 318 Blackwell St
Durham, NC. Here's a Google Map:

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Here are the performers/dates from earlier in the year:

May 22 6 p.m.
Southern Culture on the Skids 
The series starts out with a bang with the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on the Skids. Rachel Koontz and The Morning After (featuring members of The Kickin' Grass Band) open. 

May 29  6 p.m.
Mandolin Orange
After spending nearly three months on the road including appearances at SXSW, MerleFest and a full spring tour with Willie Watson, Mandolin Orange will return home for their first triangle area show since winter.

June 12  6 p.m.
Balsam Range with Bethesda Bluegrass Band
From Western North Carolina, Balsam Range are one of the hottest young bluegrass bands touring today.   Their record "Papertown" was named IBMA Record of the Year in 2013. The Bethesda Bluegrass Band opens.

June 26  6 p.m.
The Lee Boys with Love Canon
The Lee Boys are a sacred steel, gospel, funk band that will get folks moving.  They're paired with Love Canon, a quirky bunch that re-invent 80s tunes with a bluegrass sound. The Lee Boys play the Kennedy Center:

July 31  6 p.m.
This Grammy-nominated band has built a devoted following with their fresh original songs that are rooted in an Americana sound.

August 14  6 p.m.
Bombadil with The Tender Fruit
Rising indie bands from Durham, NC, team up for a great night on the lawn.

Take a look at this video we recently produced with UNC-TV. Bombadil as the inspiration for a puppet show.

August 28  6 p.m.
Mipso with Victoria Lee and New Ground
This young trio came together as students at UNC-Chapel Hill and have since put out a series of critically acclaimed records.  Victoria Lee and New Ground, a fresh young bluegrass outfit from North Carolina, open the show.