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.

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.



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)

Lazy Daze – Cary, North Carolina

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for arts and crafts, food, and music. We decided to attend the 40th Celebration of the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival.

Little did I know, I would stumble upon the coolest Pirate Band, “The Motley Tones.”

Thank you to Lazy Daze and The Motley Tones for a great afternoon in Cary, North Carolina.


Artsplosure – Raleigh, North Carolina

I visited the Artsplosure office to speak to Artsplosure’s Marketing Manager, Jennie Lanning. She provided a sneak preview into the 36th Annual Raleigh Arts Festival. The Festival is May 15-17 in Downtown Raleigh.

“Artsplosure is Raleigh’s nonprofit art and cultural events production studio. We are curators, collaborators and risk-takers dedicated to fulfilling our mission of bringing rich cultural experiences to the community we serve. With each of our events, we hope to inspire and entertain, inform and celebrate, create and share.” (Artsplosure.org)

“Spring 2015: May 15-17
This year, we will celebrate the 36th anniversary of Artsplosure – the Raleigh Arts Festival! Since its inception in 1980, the spring festival has entertained and inspired hundreds of thousands of people, introducing them to underrepresented artists and performances. Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art – and a healthy dose of the unexpected. The festival balances critically acclaimed national artists with some of North Carolina’s best performing and visual artists. The result is an eccentric mix of artistic expression, undoubtedly with something that appeals to everyone.” (Artsplosure.org)