'Americana' music festival aims to highlight North Carolina culture this week at DBAP
Posted June 21, 2022 10:34 a.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2022 5:17 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — Folk music, Americana, is the kind of music that soothes the soul, the tunes that remind you of heartache, of going back home, of your grandmother's cooking, or the way the dew smells and the cicadas hum.
In inviting music lovers to That Music Festival, this weekend at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Chris Edge, program director at That Station 95.7, says, "You can come and experience all these different sounds, and it's going to mean something to you personally."
Edge helped launch Capitol Broadcasting Company's first internet-based radio station in 2018. That station focuses on playing both North Carolina and national folk and alternative rock artists.
Edge is spearheading the first of what he hopes is an annual event — That Music Festival takes over the DBAP June 24 and 25, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m., with 25 bands on three stages.
"We need to do this for the music community that is here in North Carolina," Edge said. "It isn't just a music festival. It's this mission. It has this purpose to help elevate all these great North Carolina artists."
Some of the biggest performers are Chatham County Line, The Mountain Goats, Steep Canyon Rangers, and MIPSO.
If you aren't a country music fan, Edge said you will probably still enjoy yourself. Many of the artists don't quite fit into one category of music.
"It includes blues and gospel and folk and country," he said.
Rissi Palmer, a genre-breaking artist from Raleigh who combines soul with twang, is going to sing the first note from stage.
Even down to the production, Edge said that they are keeping things local.
"We [hired] an amazing local production company called Deep South Entertainment. And they have a ton of experience providing staging and sound for shows. So they've been our partner right from the get go," he said.
Reserved seating tickets for one day cost $50, and a weekend pass costs $75. For lawn seating, tickets are $60 for one day and $90 for a weekend pass. To purchase tickets, visit the That Music Festival's website.