March 22nd – April 18th, 2023
The B Spot
Boogixote Q&A with Molly Armanino. Freeskier Molly Armanino was last seen dropping bombs in the mountains, finishing 2nd on the Freeride World Tour. I caught up with her a couple months ago to talk about her preparation and helping South Lake Tahoe reach its climate resolutions.
Moonlighting with Will Overman. Singer-Songwriter Will Overman swept the Carolinas off their feet on his recent From The Bottom Tour (don’t worry, he’ll be back in Wilmington in May), and I was given a rundown of Virginia Beach surf spots and his summer on the Appalachian Trail.
Boogixote Q&A with Willy Tea Taylor. Troubadour Willy Tea Taylor is someone who has stories and songs for days. He dished on his fast new friend Will Carlisle, his new album with his ever-evolving band of brothers, The Fellership, and his love of saunas.
JPW: Halfway to Eloy (Live at the Dirty Drummer)
Puts some sweat on your brow and a buzz in your body as you glide through some ephemeral fever dream of fast friends on lonely desert roads, listening to a radio station playing the best music you’ll never hear again. It’s a sweet little live release single culled from Jason Woodbury’s debut release Something Happening/ Always Happening on Wilmington’s Fort Lowell Records.
There hasn’t been someone I’ve just wanted to just listen to the words they say and how they say them in a long time. Now, there’s Chessa Rich, someone that sounds great under a blanket in the spring sun. There’s a timbre in her voice that’s comforting, a rhythm in her melodies that have a delightfully slight swing to them. Rest your eyes to singles “Dirty Wine Glass” and “Julia,” and enjoy the smiling slumber of Deeper Sleeper on April 7th, out on Carborro’s Sleepy Cat Records.
Check The Vibe
The Collection: Mom Rock: Dissimilar South
Haw River Ballroom: March 24: Tickets
Hotly anticipated hometown show for The Collection, running hard on the new EP How To Survive an Ending. Raise-a-glass, shed-a-tear, sing-like-a-maniac energy in these indie poppers, nourishing shit. Mom Rock and Chapel Hill’s Dissimilar South lend helping hands.
Rodes Baby: Canine Heart Sounds
Flat Iron: March 30: Tickets
Rodes Baby is the soft gleam of the January sun that shines through the puff of your breath that billows around your head, as you sip coffee in the cold still on the back porch, thinking about spring. Canine Heart Sounds is the way your body hurts from laughing and rolling around for an afternoon on the hills below your back porch, with your closest friends, later that spring. (Canine Heart Sounds also have another show for their delayed album release, 2022’s Sun Sized Guitar, on April 14, at The Pinhook)
Low Water Bridge Band: Justin Cody Fox
Bourgie Nights: April 14: Tickets
Forged by firelight picking, Low Water Bridge Band romping, stomping, country-grass Americana ain’t for the faint of heart. Since their founding in 2020, they’ve gone from barnstorming the Shenandoah Valley to festival stages along the East Coast. Venues from the Carolinas to Kentucky and, yes, Nashville, Tennessee ring with their sound and are asking for more. From the first time you see them, your boots will be worn from kicking up dust.
Black Belt Eagle Scout: Claire Glass and Adobo
The Pinhook: April 19: Tickets
Recently introduced myself to Black Belt Eagle Scout through her new album The Land, The Water, The Sky, after years of hearing whispers. I was soothed by the free range guitars and a voice that rises like a bright but dense morning fog over the lake; call me pleasantly humbled.
Haw River Ramble: Haw River Assembly
Saxapahaw, NC: April 22: Registration
Come join the Haw River Assembly for Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd as we run for the protection of our river. Walkers, runners, strollers and ramblers alike are all welcome. Competitive or recreational participants can compete in this outdoor 5K on the marked Saxapahaw Island Loop Trail that runs right along the scenic H.
Tuck Fest: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte, NC: April 21-24: Information
Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The festival features a variety of outdoor competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, obstacle, and adventure racing.
NC Climber’s Fest : Carolina Climbers Coalition
Pinnacle, NC : May 6 – 7 : Registration
The CCC is bringing North Carolina Climbers Festival back to Jomeokee Campground and Pilot Mountain State Park. Festivities include climber education ground clinics at Jomeokee Campground, community climbing and stewardship at Pilot Mountain State Park, great camping, Saturday night food and drink, and entertainment, vendor village with games, raffles, and great prizes.
Festival registrants get access to ground clinics, amazing mountain view camping, a festival T-shirt, community climbing, access to the raffle, and more!
Homebrew Small Wind Power Workshop: Handy Village Institute
Saxapahaw, NC: March 27- April 1: Registration
This is an excellent opportunity for participants to learn a variety of skills from the Handy Village Institute. The turbines we build are ideal for those who are interested in building their own wind power systems from scratch for fun, to save money, or for generating power in the developing world. Some time will be spent each day in lecture learning about electricity, homebrew wind turbines, wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and wind systems.