Lexington to host N.C. Music and Arts Festival
Music and the arts will take center stage this weekend, when Lexington hosts the inaugural North Carolina Music and Arts Festival.
Nearly a dozen bands and several artists — as well as a number of arts and crafts vendors — are scheduled to participate in the festival, which organizers hope will become an annual event.
“This is basically a two-day event featuring some of the popular musicians and artists here in North Carolina,” explained festival organizer Chris Phelps. “We want it to be an annual thing, and we might even do it twice a year.”
The festival takes place today and Saturday at three Lexington locations — the Edward C. Smith Civic Center, the Bob Timberlake Gallery and High Rock Outfitters — with the first performance taking place this evening at the civic center.
Among the bands scheduled to perform are such North Carolina crowd favorites as Holy Ghost Tent Revival (based in Greensboro), The New Familiars (Charlotte), The Broadcast (Asheville), The Heritage (Winston-Salem), Big Daddy Love (Winston-Salem), the E. Normus Trio (Asheville) and Barefoot Manner (Raleigh).
Participating artists include Timberlake, who lives in Lexington and is one of North Carolina’s most well-loved artists, as well as David Childers, Robert Childers and Chip Holton.
Holton’s participation, in particular, should be a crowd-pleaser, as he will be demonstrating his artistic skills during musical performances.
“He’s going to be on the side of the stage during a live performance, actually painting a picture of the performance itself,” Phelps explained. “It should be really cool.”
Tickets for the two-day festival are $30 apiece, or a $45 VIP ticket will get you into the orchestra pit at the civic center and will include admission to a couple of late-night concerts at High Rock Outfitters.
Single-day tickets are available for $18 apiece.
“People can come just for the day if they’re not able to make it for the whole weekend,” Phelps said. “It’s going to be a great time.”
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Want to go?
The inaugural North Carolina Music and Arts Festival will be held today and Saturday at three locations in Lexington: the Edward C. Smith Civic Center, High Rock Outfitters and the Bob Timberlake Gallery.
The schedule is as follows:
6:30 p.m. — The New Familiars (Smith Civic Center)
8:30 p.m. — Barefoot Manner (Smith Civic Center)
10:30 p.m. — The Broadcast (Smith Civic Center)
12:30 a.m. — The Heritage (High Rock Outfitters, for VIP ticket-holders only)
Noon — The E. Normus Trio (Bob Timberlake Gallery)
2 p.m. — The Family (High Rock Outfitters)
4 p.m. — The Deluge (High Rock Outfitters)
6:30 p.m. — Big Something (Smith Civic Center)
8:30 p.m. — Big Daddy Love (Smith Civic Center)
10:30 p.m. — Holy Ghost Tent Revival (Smith Civic Center)
12:30 a.m. — The Broadcast (High Rock Outfitters, for VIP ticket-holders only)
Tickets to attend both days are $30 apiece, $45 for VIP tickets. Single-day tickets are $18 apiece.
For more information, visit www.ncmusicfest.com.