Main Stage Artists

Main Stage

  • Wahya’s 5:00-5:45
  • The Wigg Report 6:15-7:00
  • Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic feat. Al Strong 7:30-8:45
  • Dye Wells  9:15-10:00

Wahya’s

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Wild & weird, sun-dazed psychedelia, jangle pop, 60s garage, the Wahyas out of Greensboro, NC is the newest band from Josh Johnson (Paint Fumes, Pinche Gringo, The Spinns), and Lindsey Sprague (Daddy Issues, Trashettes)

The Wigg Report

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The Wigg Report: Independent pop/punk, indie, anti-folk band located in Durham, North Carolina.

Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic feat. Al Strong

Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic is a funkadellic bunch of Carrboro session musicians. Drawing from their experience playing jazz, classical, folk, gospel & world music, mp&p shows will lift your spirits & make your head rock. Matt comes from a long line of southern preachers, born in NC to a nurse & a psychologist. His lyrics are evocative & autobiographical, alluding to biblical history, transcendentalist literature, & notes from psych 101. With over 10,000 hours of vocal performance experience, from the North Carolina Boys Choir to the street corners of Chapel Hill, Matt will tell you the hardest truths in the sweetest way: “I must be onto something, ‘cause I smile when I play the blues.”

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Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, educator, arranger, and composer. Since he first emerged on the scene in 1998 as a jazz studies major at North Carolina Central University, Strong has been an emerging artist in jazz. He has been described as being among those leading Durham jazz into a resurgence.(The Independent ? Sylvia Pfeiffenberger). He is an integral figure in the current local jazz scene having performed/recorded for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Phonte Coleman, Mavis Swan Poole, Yahzarah, Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Voted 2011 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle), Clay Aiken, Big Daddy Kane, Orquesta Gardel, The Beast, and Bassist Ethan Farmer. Strong also balances his love for music performance with adjunct teaching responsibilities at North Carolina Central University, as well as festivals, shows, and summer jazz camps with his non-profit organization, The Art of Cool Project. Many of Strong’s musical influences can be heard on his debut album LoveStrong Vol. 1, released on January 8, 2016, recently named “a performer to watch” in North Carolina’s Research Triangle.

Dye Wells

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Every once in a while the members of Dye Wells travel to the Outer Banks in order to, as Michael Kalna names it, “make bonfires, beat drums, and howl at the moon.” For a band whose eclectic blend of blues, funk, and rock so often celebrates empowerment, it’s a fitting method of recreation.  Led by the Aretha and Phoebe Snow-influenced vocals of Leticia Rene Angel, the self-acclaimed Empress of Mighty Funk Nation, and backed by Kalna’s exquisite guitar and the thunderous rhythm section of Michael O’Neal, bass and Eric Mrozkowski on drums, their songs are always upbeat and dynamic.