Winter Music Festival - Day One

Friday, 2010, January 29 - 7:00pm
2 E South St
Raleigh, NC 27601

Bearfoot - 6 p.m.
Telluride Bluegrass Band Champion Bearfoot is often compared to artists like Nickel Creek. Bearfoot has traveled from their native Alaska to many top theaters and festivals, including Merlefest and the IBMA Festival. Switching easily between airy Northern ballads and back-alley Southern blues, their music is underscored with bluegrass passion. They bring a remarkable breadth of rich, original songs to the stage, and their arrangements are fiery and inventive, with inspiring harmonies tying them together. Kate Hamre - acoustic bass, Odessa Jorgensen - fiddle, Mike Mickelson - guitar, Jason Norris - mandolin, Angela Oudean - fiddle

Tony Rice Unit - 7 p.m.
A maverick of the flat-picked acoustic guitar, Tony Rice redefined guitar's role in bluegrass music. As the first instrumentalist to seize upon the innovations of guitarists like Clarence White and Doc Watson, he propelled them into new flights of rhythmic, harmonic, and textural virtuosity and raised the bar for a new generation of acoustic six-stringers.
Tift Merritt - 8:15 p.m., with special appearance by Community Music School choir
Singing a charming blend of country, rock and Southern rhythm and blues, Tift Merritt returns to the city where she grew up to join in a night of musical celebration.

Kris Kristofferson - 9:30 p.m.
Legendary singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets his stories to music with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, and his distinctive voice. With multiple awards to his name, including the 2007 Johnny Cash Visionary Award from CMT, he is well known for his own music as well as for classics such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "For the Good Times," and many others.

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