The Village Band was organized in 1974. No auditions were required and everyone with an interest in music was welcome. The experience level of the membership ranged from near professional to people who hadn't played since high school or college but wanted to play once again.
The Band has continued this tradition, welcoming to its rehearsals amateur musicians from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, Raleigh, and Cary. Skill levels are as varied now as they were in 1974. Some members started playing recently after a 20+ year hiatus, while others have long and distinguished careers as amateur performers. Currently under the baton of Jeff Fuchs (Dir. of Sports Bands, Dept. of Music, UNC-CH) the band plays Sousa and concert marches, show tunes, classical transcriptions, traditional band music and contemporary compositions. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.thevillageband.org.
1:15 - Storm Front (Blues/rock)
Storm Front has been based in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area for over 10 years. Each member has played with bands from Washington, D.C. to Poland. The band plays an eclectic range of music that includes blues, southern rock, jazz and rockabilly. Storm Front consists of Steve Moriarty, Dan Lee, Joy Preslar and Jurek Kozakiewicz. Last year Storm Front came out with their new CD called “Way Overdue. A perennial Carrboro Day favorite. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://stormfrontlive.com.
1:50 - Triangle Jazz Orchestra (jazz standards)
The Triangle Jazz Orchestra is a big band composed of amateur musicians from throughout the Triangle. They perform the swing music of the jazz masters of the 1930's and 40's like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, as well as more recent jazz and jazzy blues tunes. Organized in September 2003, the orchestra is directed by Glenn Morrissette – jazz saxophonist, composer, and Duke University music educator. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2:20 - Dechen Hawk (acoustic pop plternative)
Dechen Hawk is a musician with ten years of writing and performing experience nationwide, placing him as a finalist at the 2003 NCSC Songwriters Competition. Though a balladeer at heart, Dechen Hawk's musical styling includes ambient rock, serious funk, sultry vocal jazz standards, timeless folk creations, and an R&B honey- dipped influence. Email email@example.com. Website: http://www.dechenhawk.com/.
2:45 - Bryn Smith (classic bagpiper)
Bryn Smith has been playing bagpipes since 1995. She started studying the bagpipes in Scotland and England while in graduate school, and continued studying under Bruce Wright with City of Oaks Pipes and Drums (then MacLeod's Pipes and Drums) and Maggie Schafer, a grade 1 piper. She plays for weddings, funerals, parties of all types, school demos, school faires, street festivals, and as a busker (translation: street performer) in Chapel Hill. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~brynsmith/data/bagpiping.html.
3:05 - Standbys (rock/country/pop)
The Standbys blend elements of rock, country, and pop into an up-tempo, melodic, bright sound. They feature ringing, jangly guitars, topped by a twangy lead; dynamic soprano vocals that range from country soulfullness to pop fun; and a crisp, energetic rhythm section. They perform their own material, with the occasional cover or traditional tune thrown in. Email email@example.com. Website: http://www.thestandbys.com.
3:40 - Jesse Janes (eclectic singer-songwriters duo)
This female duo is multi-talented, both playing an assortment of instruments. If you're tired of the same old sound, give Jesse Janes a listen. You'll be pleasantly surprised by their thoughtful lyrics, well-fitting melodies, and precise harmony. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.jessejanes.com/.
4:10-4:50 - Brown Mountain Lights (western influenced twang-pop)
Brown Mountain Lights was born in Carrboro, with strong branches into Chatham County and beyond. Their finely crafted brand of songwriting and musical togetherness makes for a very live show. Live From the Cave, released last year, tells the whole story. Email email@example.com. Website: www.brownmountainlights.net.
5:00 - Blue Marble Beat (reggae done right)
If you dig the irie vibes and cool riddims of Reggae music, you'll love Blue Marble Beat. Blue Marble Beat is all about Reggae—Dub and Roots, Dancehall beats, Rock Steady riffs and some First Wave Ska thrown in for good measure. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.bluemarblebeat.com/.
5:30 - John Howie (country acoustic solo)
John Howie is one of country music’s up-and-coming stars. His band, Two Dollar Pistols, has gained the respect of country music fans worldwide through international touring and four critically acclaimed releases. Their latest CD Hands Up! explores Howie's fascination with Nashville songwriting and arrangements -- all delivered in Howie’s rich, signature baritone vocal style.
6:00 - Too Much Fun (swing and jump blues)
returns to the Carrboro Day stage with a full set of swing and jump blues. This band has been playing at swing dances, festivals, and local clubs for fifteen years. They mix original songwriting with neat new spins on old favorites. You know these guys. Email email@example.com.
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