Balloon Fest Music Schedule
Posted May 25
A list of artists performing on the Re-Max Stage at WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest May 26-28, 2017.
Friday, May 26
8 p.m. John Emil - American Roots & Blues John Emil Montagnino, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Leek Blues & Americana Festival UK, the Florida Folk Festival, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Bangor On Dee Blues Festival UK and the Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands.
9 p.m. AKM Band - Simply put, AKM stands for "all kinds of music" and performing classic rock to country rock favorites is sure to keep the crowd happy for the "after glow" show as you enjoy a night under the stars.
Saturday, May 28
4:30 p.m. Michael Dermott - PH Rec Music recording artist Michael Dermott is a 16 year old singer-songwriter and instrumentalist from Dunn, NC. Being influenced by Passenger, Ed Sheeran, Vance Joy and James Bay, Michael's musical style is best described as Folk-Indie Rock/Americana.
5:30 p.m. The Veterans Chorus - American standards and the National Anthem from an "almost all" veterans chorus group with members from around the Triangle. Get into the American spirit just before the scheduled mass ascension of balloons.
6 p.m. John Norris Band - John Norris blends the deep and rich culture of small-town North Carolina with the modern flair of country music today. He hand-picked some of the best young musicians in the area to join on his musical journey. They all share the drive and passion of impacting people with great music and fun.
7 p.m. Johnny Orr Band - Formed in 2007 by dynamic vocalist and main songwriter Johnny Orr, guitarist/vocalist Gino Latarulo and bassist/vocalist Jack Getz, later adding drummer Bill Eagen.
8 p.m. Will McBride Group - Imagine combining smooth jazz, edgy rock, rhythmic latin, catchy pop, upbeat funk, and deep-felt soul in a single package. Now put that musical creativity in the skilled hands of a 30 plus year guitarist and singer/songwriter -- that's The Will McBride Group. Each song reveals its own personality as the music guides you one step further along the WMG musical journey.
9 p.m. Night Shift Band - Night Shift is a six piece band providing non-stop dance, pop and cover music with both male and female vocals and tight harmonies and spot on leads.
Sunday, May 29
10 a.m. - All who are interested are invited to attend a non-denominational service organized and led by several Fuquay-Varina churches.
11:15 a.m. - Streetlights
Noon - The Entourage
5 p.m. Rory John Zak - Popular covers and catchy originals. Rory was recently titled "2016 Clayton Teen Idol” winning with an original song he sang and performed on piano. Rory is currently writing and working on his debut EP.
6 p.m. School of Rock (Cary) - At School of Rock Cary, they believe as much in the power of the band as they do in the thrill of a killer solo act. They bring kids and the community together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Their performance - based approach amps up students for serious fun and serious success.
7 p.m. XOXOK - XOXOK hails from Carrboro, North Carolina. The music of XOXOK is conceived on the fretboard, cradled in headphones, and cultivated at the microphone. The guitar and vocal influences are far-flung, but cohesive (Jeff Buckley, John Frusciante, Frank Ocean, James Blake). The songs are about love and struggle on a personal, transcendent scale. The lyrics evoke a cool-headed poeticism, full of soul and vulnerability.
8 p.m. Gabriel David Band - His band focuses on Gabriel David's original work, combining pop songwriting, R&B arrangements, and soulful performances to yield a live show simultaneously classic and modern.
9 p.m. Matt Phillips & The Philharmonic - Future Blues, Twangy Funk and Americana Update. The band features Matt Phillips and his friends sharing a blend of soulful pop viewed from all angles presented with a powerful punch but it's all just for fun.