ConvergeNC Festival Challenges Notions Of What Makes Music "Southern"

Apr 4, 2014

The second annual Converge NC festival celebrate the music of the American South on and near the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
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The ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival is underway on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It's organized by students and faculty.

Co-founders Libby Rodenbough  and Gabe Chess spoke with WUNC's Eric Hodge about this year's event.

Chess said the desire to start a music festival on campus came after his freshman year of college, so he reached out to Bill Ferris at the Center for the Study of the American South, who found a lot of support from university leadership.

Chess and Roudenbough said they want to challenge what people consider to be "Southern music." This year's festival will feature a Chilean mother and daughter act, Myrna Bascuñan and Claudia Lopez, who settled in North Carolina.

Other artists include Dark Water Rising, ToW3Rs, and Mipso. The full lineup and other details can be found at the Converge NC website.