Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stopped by in front of the Raleigh Convention Center to perform two songs.

“Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMA’s 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year.(http://dirtykitchenband.com/band/)

Thank you to Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

artspace – Raleigh, North Carolina

I visited artspace art gallery and studio in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Development & Communications Associate, Mary Kay Kennedy provided an in-depth tour of artspace. During the tour, I stopped by Paul J. Gala’s and Anna Podris’s art studios.


Thank you to artspace for the tour. http://artspacenc.org


Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance 2017

I attended the fall edition of the 2017 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance. Nestled in the countryside of Chatham County, this festival always has an unique charm year after year.

With over a dozen performers, yoga sessions, various food options, and a 24/7 coffee barn for coffee aficionados, the festival has a lot to offer.


Thank you to everyone at Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance for putting a fun, safe, and entertaining festival.



2017 IBMA World of Bluegrass – Raleigh, North Carolina

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) arrived to Raleigh this week. I was excited to cover my fourth IBMA Business Conference and Bluegrass Ramble.

The two bands I covered this year included Front Country and Nefesh Mountain. Both bands have a distinct bluegrass sound with influences from rock, folk, and indie.


Front Country

The band stopped by in front of the Sir Walter Statue at the Raleigh Convention Center. All the way from San Francisco, California, Front Country is nominated for an “Emerging Artist” award.


Nefesh Mountain

I stopped by the Bluegrass Ramble at Kings to watch Nefesh Mountain’s inspiring set.


Thank you to both bands and the IBMA for making the IBMA World of Bluegrass a fun event every year in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Public School Foundation 5K for Education – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I attended the 6th Annual Public School Foundation 5K for Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Teachers, students, parents, families, and friends alike braved the cold rainy weather on this March Saturday morning for a great cause! To support education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“As a champion for local public education, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro PSF provides additional funding for innovative programs and projects that support students and teachers in our schools.” (Source: http://www.publicschoolfoundation.org)