This event will showcase the new Union Station Plaza for Raleigh’s monthly First Friday gallery walk by featuring a variety of performances by local performers, including Hank & Pattie (of Hank, Pattie & The Current), Capital City Steppers, and The Poetry Fox.
There will also be food trucks and activities for creative people of all ages.
Proceeds benefit PineCone! We hope you’ll bring friends, family, and anyone you know who loves Raleigh, roots music, and dance to be part of this exciting evening with us in downtown Raleigh.
From the City of Raleigh: The State of the City address by Mayor Nancy McFarlane will not be held as scheduled. Mayor McFarlane recently had surgery and is continuing to recover. She greatly regrets that she will not be able to provide her State of the City address during the First Friday celebration at Union Station. She is moved by the outpouring of support and all of the well wishes and will work with her doctors to return to her normal duties as quickly as possible.
Union Station Plaza
- Capital City Steppers 6:30 to 7 p.m.
- DJ SPCLGST: 6 to 9 p.m.
- House of Swank: 6 to 9 p.m.
- Poetry Fox: 6 to 9 p.m.
- Supergraphic Print Lab: 6 to 9 p.m.
Union Station Inside
- Hank & Pattie: 7 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m.
- Nate Shaffer, Glas “Raleigh” Installation: 6 to 9 p.m.
About Hank & Pattie
Two of North Carolina’s veteran bluegrass musicians join forces to create modern, American, acoustic music featuring the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers. With their full band Hank, Pattie, & The Current, they have toured regionally and nationally in support of their album Hold Your Head Up High on Robust Records. The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a nontraditional way to present original music to the listener that goes beyond the limits of the idiom. The arrangements take on a new level of maturation that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice. Hank, Pattie & The Current want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like The Punch Brothers, Strength In Numbers and the ever changing Bluegrass Allstars call home. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. Hank Smith plays banjo, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw plays fiddle and sings. The band includes Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals, Billie Feather on guitar, and Jonah Freedman on bass and vocals.
About The Capital City Steppers
Capital City Steppers is recognized as a premiere North Carolina dance organization dedicated to promoting wholesome relationships, movement and education through the art of dance known as Chicago Style Steppin’. This organization is committed to giving back to the community by volunteering their time through community service and awarding educational scholarships. Their members are expected to be respectful of the different dance styles of individuals, instructors, and dance clubs. They strive to keep the integrity of the dance form and create an excitement for stepping that encourages their members to contribute to its future.
About The Poetry Fox
Chris Vitiello is The Poetry Fox, and he says, “I bang out custom, on-demand poems on vintage typewriters. Also, I’m a giant fox.” He writes for all occasions and ages — from public festivals to private parties, from corporate and work gatherings to school events, from streetcorners to dive bars and everything and everyone in between. Learn more about The Poetry Fox