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Saturday, March 25, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
The Page Turners
The Page Turners, winners of the 2016 Freshgrass Best Duo prize, play original and traditional bluegrass and old-time country music. They met while students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and began performing together as part of Berklee's American Roots Program.

Carolyn Kendrick plays fiddle and Jake Howard plays mandolin and writes their original songs. They share lead vocals and blend harmonies together.

One critic notes that they perform "sharp original music " that puts "new twists on old favorites, blending their love of bluegrass, old-time country music, swing, and fearless songwriting." Another says they "harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music."

Carolyn Kendrick grew up in Northern California in a family of Texan musicians. Her formal music studies included Suzuki violin and marching band. She then moved on to bluegrass and Billie Holiday studies on her own. A Berklee graduate, she received the Fletcher Bright Scholarship, was a 2015 Freshgrass Fiddle Competition finalist, and a participant at the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar in 2016.

Jake Howard, from Akron, Ohio, graduates this year from Berklee. Before moving to Boston, he performed in his uncle's Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band, with whom he recorded two CDs.

Their show at Fountain kicks off the 4-stop North Carolina potion of their Southern tour--and it's their only performance east of Winston-Salem.

The Page Turners are in East Carolina because their friends from Mile Twelve enjoyed playing Fountain so much last fall. Like the Mile Twelve pickers, these are terrific conservatory-trained musicians who love bluegrass and traditional old-time and country music. This'll be one of those shows you ought not to miss!

We're also now serving 11 flavors of homemade ice cream from Simply Natural Creamery in Ayden: 5.5 oz. served in an eco-friendly cup for $3.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Caroline Dare
Greenville's Caroline Dare, the teenage country music sensation, was named "one to watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association International last year. We're glad to get her and her band to Fountain on their way up!

Caroline's band features a veteran group of excellent musicians who've played on our regional music scene with Mikele Buck, Bryan Mayer, and other acts: bassist Ryal Watkins, guitarist John Coltrain, and drummer Daniel Vaughn.

Friday, April 7, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $7.50 general admission $10 reserved tax included
Lightnin' Wells
Help celebrate the April release of Lightnin's newest CD, on the German label Blind Lemon Records.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
The Dew Drops
Classic country music from a Wilmington/Kinston based quartet making their first visit to RAF.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE!
Patrick Bizzaro
Former ECU prof now living in Pennsylvania returns to eastern NC for a couple of poetry readings: April 18 at Barton College in Wilson, and tonight's free event, which will take place in Smith-Yelverton Typewriter Museum--the next door up from RAF.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Still Shakers

Friday, May 5, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
the Grass Strings

Saturday, May 13, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission $12.50 reserved tax included
Dirk Lumbard and the Steve Creech All-Stars

Tonight's Mother's Day special show features Dirk and Steve as well as Jon Wacker on drums, George Knott on tuba and bass, and Jim Gilliam on keyboard & sax.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
NuClear Twins

Saturday, June 10, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym'n

Saturday, June 24, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Christiane & the Strays
Raleigh-based Christiane Smedley won last year's Deep South Open Mic competition. She and her band, the Strays, were big hits at last year's IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Fest in Raleigh. They're touring in support of their new CD, "Waiting with the Lights On."

Sunday, September 24, 2017 -- 4:00 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Mile Twelve
Our favorite Boston bluegrassers return to Fountain en route to IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. They've also added a terrific mandolin player, David Benedict, to their already super-talented lineup of Brownwyn Keith-Hynes on fiddle, Nate Sabat on bass, BB Bowness on banjo, and Evan Murphy on guitar.

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