Every Friday In October: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
11:00am - 2:00pm
Oval Lawn & Pavilion, Center City Park
Want to add it to your calendar? Register here. Drop-ins are always welcome.
Join us for some good eatin' and live music every Friday from 11am-2pm! Food truck Fridays are back and better than ever with live music! Each Friday will feature different trucks offering a variety of tasty eats. So come out, grab a bite, and enjoy the fresh air while listening to amazing local talent in Center City Park.
October 1st, 11am-2pm: Doug Davis
Doug Davis has been a fixture on the regional scene for many years, as a producer, sideman, a leader of the Triad community project, the Vagabond Saints' Society, and as an all-around musical instigator. But his heart lies in his original music, which he performs solo, in small combos (often with violist and accomplice, Susan Terry), and with his own crack band, the Solid Citizens. The Citizens feature husband-and-wife team, Lee and Susan Terry, on various stringed instruments; Ken Mohan on bass guitar; and Dan DesNoyers on drums. Over the course of the last six years, the band has been honing its sound together, releasing its debut, Penny Brown Penny, in 2008. Since then, they've set out to release a series of four six-song EP's. The first two, 2012's A Pageant of Gold and 2014's The River Running Slowly, have been released, and the band is currently working on the third in the series.
Doug also performs and writes with Mt. Airy, NC, based roots-rock band, Mediocre Bad Guys, as well as with the rock-soul combo, Doug Davis & the Mystery Dates. Doug has also performed with Chris Stamey, Sally Spring, Mark Kano, Artie Lamonica (the Shirts), Jerry Chapman, and many others. His music has been featured in dozens of television shows and films, including "Saturday Night Live," "Dateline," "The Voice," and "Last Call With Carson Daly."
October 8th, 11am-2pm: Ashley Virginia Music
“I try to remember that no matter what I may be going through, life goes on,” says North Carolina-based experimental folk-rock artist Ashley Virginia. “The birds still sing, the breeze still blows, and life just goes on living.” It’s this sentiment that provided the title of her debut full-length album, And Life Just Goes On Living, released in August of this year.
Virginia’s music is built on her ability to share the deeply intimate and terrifying pieces of herself. It’s evident across the 11-song And Life Just Goes On Living, which leans into the theme of mental health. “This album is basically my diary,” notes Virginia. She’s open and honest about being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Complex-PTSD.
Virginia started songwriting at a young age as a therapeutic practice and a means of escape; turning to songwriting to express emotions not so easily expressed in bare words. “I’m not gonna lie; it's a struggle sometimes,” shares Virginia.
Ashley Virginia is an artist that exudes counter culture vibes, marches to the beat of her own drum and is a reckless lover of people . . . at least that is what those closest to her have remarked. “This album, I think, very well encompasses and represents my life over the past few years,” concludes Virginia. “It has been my journey of healing through that trauma and pain.”
October 15th, 11am-2pm: Pete Pawsey
Pete Pawsey's thirty-year entanglement with songwriting began innocently enough with an appreciation of the classics of the 60s and 70s, then expanded to include some of the less-traveled. A devotee of Tom Waits and Randy Newman amongst many others, Pete explores the (sometimes fractious) defining moments of human interaction with humor and honesty. A near-obsession with Blues, Gospel and Southern roots music led to regular trips to the Southeast, and eventually to relocation to North Carolina in 2005. Deeply immersed in the music of the Piedmont, Pete has served both the NC Songwriters’ Co-op, and Carrboro’s WCOM FM Radio station, and as director of Hillsborough, NC’s Lilac Lounge musical gathering. Pete hosted the longest-running all-originals open-mic in the Triangle at Chapel Hill’s historic Cave, as well as fronting blues-soul ensemble Radar’s Clowns of Sedation, and ska octet The Spectacles.
October 22nd, 11am-2pm: Tre. Charles
Tre. Charles is a singer-songwriter who dives into the depths of his soul and invites you into his world with an expressive blend of warm and soulful undertones. Growing up along the East Coast, Tre. Charles has been exposed to a myriad of different cultures. It is from these experiences that he has cultivated a sound which pays homage to his nomadic upbringing. With hints of alternative R&B, modern/indie rock, and southern soul, Charles’ thoughtful and honest music has a lot of people listening. From being featured on regional programs such as QC Life (WBTV) and My Carolinas (WCNC) to headlining Brothers Brewing Coffee festival in Northern VA, to gracing the stages of the international conglomerate of Creative Mornings in multiple states, all these accomplishments came before his debut single/ music video release (Stressin.). (Stressin.) received stellar reviews throughout the East Coast from contributors of Pitchfork, NY Times, NPR, and many more publications, as well as soaring to 50K streams on Spotify and 200K views on YouTube. This all is just the beginning to this bold new artist's journey.
October 29th, 11am-2pm: Casey Noel
Casey Noel’s timeless, captivating music will remind you of the many ways music can enrich a life. A skilled singer-songwriter crystallizes the grace of a moment, honors and beautifies sadness, gives wings to something tender, something fun – something longing for flight. Casey’s work, gathered for the first time on her Americana-tinged debut release Not Just Pretty Words, does all of the above and more.
“My favorite music makes me feel things deeply,” Casey says. “And I want people to be able to feel things from my songs. That’s my goal.”
With Not Just Pretty Words, Casey has definitely achieved that benchmark, and then some. Helped along by the generosity and faith of true believers, her artistry is now itself a generous act, offering listeners opportunities to connect to depths they may not even know are there, until Casey Noel, singer-songwriter, leads the way.