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SPP Newsletter: HippieFest, Parade logistics, Mambo, Golden Belt, Drink Local and Shows We Love

Late FALL still had that summer fun vibe–what’s on the horizon for 2019?
See this covered stage, called SummerStage and a 100+ year-old smoke stack? This is the historic, newly-unveiled Golden Belt Campus in Durham, and a view you can’t see from Main Street. There are residential options, dozens of artist studios inside, Hi-Wire Brewing just opened, parking is plentiful and Cicely Mitchell of So When Do I Clap? is curating this stage next year!
Less than a month after AfroPunk reviewed a video from her forthcoming albumGood Luck America, Kamara Thomas traded her trademark “Cosmic Americana” comfort zone to channel Aretha Franklin last weekend. (Phil Cook’s Given Family/Chosen Family project at Motorco Music Hall.)
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba open for Weedie Braimah Wednesday, December 12. Click here for $15 tickets to this all-ages 8 p.m. show at Pinhook. Braimah, a phenomenally talented and highly sought-after Djembe Fola whose vision is to build a reverence for folkloric West African music in hopes of it evolving and being placed in the world musical arenas of jazz, funk, fusion, world music, and hip-hop, is a new face of African percussion both nationally and internationally. Kaira Ba is also closing out 2018 with a BANG. They’re playing both the early countdown and late night stage at First Night Raleigh, New Year’s Eve.
Batalá Durham and Paperhand Puppet Intervention led a people’s parade on November 30 from American Tobacco to CCB Plaza to light a huge tree across from the Unscripted Hotel. Downtown Durham Inc. contracted Sonic Pie Productions for a 2nd year, to curate talent, provide sound production services and assist with logistics.
Shows we love/gossip/drink local: did you hear Sam Bush AND Taj Mahal are playing Isis Music Hall in West Asheville? (No, not the same night, silly) It’s a gorgeous, intimate venue.

Do you like to “drink local”? Have you tried Mystic bourbon or Oak City amarettoyet? They’re about $25 a bottle, Triangle-based, hand-crafted and SO good, especially on the 29 degree nights.

Sonic Pie Productions is THRILLED to have signed a 2nd-year sound production services/modular staging contract with Hippie Fest. We’ll be returning to Ohio, South Carolina and Salisbury, NC in 2019!

Third Friday Durham, Durham’s monthly “gallery crawl” continues with a winter branding for January-March 2019. THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR A GREAT 2018!

OTHER UPCOMING SPP CONCERTS & EVENTS

Don’t miss Texas blues/roots/country artist Charley Crockett at Motorco September 27

Charley Crockett. Up and coming Texas blues/country/honky tonk artist. First headlining show in Durham.  We’ve supported a lot of talent and we (our co-presenting sister Cicely Mitchell/So When Do I Clap?) see great potential in this band. If you like Gary Clark, Jr., you’re going to like this. You’re going to kick yourself if you don’t see them at this stage in their career, and we want Texas to know how much we love them–plus, Rissi Palmer Band opens! #TrustTheCurators #CheckThatTrumpet

Tickets to the show, Wednesday, September 27, are only $12 adv, $14 day of show. Nice early 7:30 p.m. curtain, and if you’ve never been to Motorco, it’s a one-story venue in downtown Durham, near Fullsteam. There’s room for both dancing in front of the stage and sitting, house left.

Rolling Stone named Crockett one of the “Best Things We Saw” at AmericanaFest in Nashville last week. His brand new album is called “Little G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee” but here’s the title track from his last album, “In The Night.” See you at the show!