Back Porch Music On The Lawn Concert Series Returns For 2016

Mar 7, 2016

Evenings of family fun and nights full of music are returning this summer in Durham.

The Back Porch Music On The Lawn concert series returns with eight shows at the American Tobacco Historic District. The shows start at 6 p.m.

The free shows kick off on May 12 and run through September 8 with a line-up of top bluegrass, new acoustic, honky-tonk and folk-rock artists. Several of the bands make their home in North Carolina. There are a few Grammy-nominated, one Grammy-winner, and several IBMA honored artists that will take the stage under the Lucky Strike tower at American Tobacco.

Picnics and and coolers (but no glass) are welcomed. Food, beer, and wine are also available for purchase.

Here's the full lineup:

 THU 5/12 The Old Ceremony / The Backsliders

The Old Ceremony open the concert series with their carefully crafted chamber pop tunes.  They’re crowd favorites who are at the top of their game after six albums and nine years of constant touring.    The reunited hardcore honky-tonk band The Backsliders open the show.

Songs from both bands:

THU 6/2 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / The Josh Daniel Mark Schimick Project

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are a Grammy-nominated band from Washington, D.C., who freshen up the bluegrass sound with hot licks and a hard driving sound.   The North Carolina-based Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project is a fiery string band blending bluegrass, soul, reggae and rock n' roll into a style uniquely their own.

Songs from both bands:

THU 6/16 Billy Strings / Town Mountain

Billy Strings plays bluegrass with the energy and vigor of a grimacing, growling, full-on raging punk rock band.  It’s acoustic music that shreds.   He’s joined by the straight ahead, hard-driving Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.   

Songs from both performers:

THU 6/30 Balsam Range / Longleaf Pine Nuts

Balsam Range are a North Carolina treasure.   They hail from Haywood County and are world renowned for their down-home sound.   The Longleaf Pine Nuts are a group of seasoned musicians from Raleigh, N.C., who play around one microphone.

Songs from both bands:

THU 7/28 The Stray Birds / Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

Yep Roc recording artists The Stray Birds are a genre melding acoustic band of songwriters who No Depression magazine called "a band destined for global success." Sarah Shook & The Disarmers sing songs about whiskey, bad luck, and healing. They are a Triangle-based country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies.

Songs from both performers:

THU 8/11 The Black Lillies / Jon Stickley Trio 

The Black Lillies bring a touch of Memphis swing that will rattle your soul, touch your heart and make you want to dance.    The Asheville-based Jon Stickley Trio have fun stretching the boundaries of bluegrass and new acoustic music.   

Songs by both bands:

THU 8/25 The Gibson Brothers / Hank, Pattie, & the Current

The Gibson Brothers are one of the most popular touring bluegrass bands today.  Tight brother harmonies, impeccable musicianship and big smiles. Raleigh-based Hank, Pattie and the Current weave together bluegrass, jazz and classical music into a soulful, very American, sound.  

Songs by both performers:

THU 9/8 Dom Flemons / South Carolina Broadcasters

Dom Flemons is the American Songster bringing a fresh take on old music.  He won a Grammy with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and has toured the world with his signature brand of folk and blues.   The South Carolina Broadcasters combine foot-stomping gospel tunes with the vigor and drive of an old time string band. 

Songs by both performers:

How to get to American Tobacco and the BPM Concerts: