A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th
@ Bailey Park / Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
>> Bailey Blues & Bluegrass
Presented by Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center, Bailey Blues and Bluegrass is back for its fall 2016 debut. Festival headliner and 2015 GRAMMY Award Winner Mike Farris brings his Soul of America Tour to Bailey Park. Nationally recognized for his “spirited, soul-gospel fusion,” Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue will rock Bailey Park in this free all-ages event. Local favorite Roy Roberts & The Quest Blues Band promises to bring “every shade of blues” to their opening act. Food trucks will be on-site, along with beer, wine and a specialty cocktail provided by SINGLE BROTHERS available for purchase.
(6p – 10p // FREEEE!)
In case you missed it! Discover the stories behind both musicians in this great piece by Eddie Huffman.
@ Finnigan’s Wake
>> 10 Year Anniversary Party
Tonight our buddy, Opie Kirby and his crew are celebrating ten-years-strong on Trade! That’s. What’s. Up. Thanks for providing a decades worth of good times (and good craic) to all of us. Naturally they’ll be celebrating with $2 Guinness and $5 Car bombs all night along with ten special $10 items starting at 4p. Find the live music lineup + more details right here.
@ Downtown Arts District
>> First Friday Gallery Hop
Holy pumpkin spice. It’s already the first freaky Friday in October! As Hop tradition has it, Trade Street will therefore be closed for strolling and participating galleries, restaurants and shops will be open late for your enjoyment. This month’s Hop highlight: The Necro Nectar exhibit is opening at Delurk, an artist run gallery dedicated to the exposure and sale of current artists’ work. The exhibit features freshly dead/organic works as well as collaborative pieces by Dane Walters, Les lll, Lye Lawrence. The gallery will also be exhibiting the Delurk Halloween themed collective show as well as a special limited edition “BOOGIES” release. Details
(7p – 10p // FREEEE!)
Psst…click right here for more exhibit openings and Hop happenings.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th
This Mardi Gras celebration concert highlights the unique contribution of New Orleans to the world of music. Tracing the musical roots from Congo Square all the way to the birth of Ragtime, Dixieland Jazz, and how this distinct city is still influencing music of today. The Piedmont Wind Symphony will also feature the world premiere of “Bamboula” by the renowned composer Michael Shapiro.
(7:30p – 9p // purchase tickets here)
@ The Barn at Reynolda Village
>> Love and Murder: An Evening of Southern Gothic Music and Literature
Our pal and curator of the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series, Andy Tennile is kicking off a new series called More Barn at Winston-Salem’s newest event and performance space, The Barn at Reynolda Village. The first installment, “Love and Murder: An Evening of Southern Gothic Music and Literature” will pair Americana band, Silver City Bound, with a director and drama students from UNC School of the Arts. Together they will perform readings and scenes from plays accompanied by live music. Read more about this compelling collaboration here.
(8p // $10)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th
@ Marys Gourmet Diner
>> Annual Drag Brunch
Kick off Winston-Salem’s Pride Week in style with the always entertaining, ever-popular Annual Drag Brunch featuring Mr And Miss Pride Winston Salem: Devonte Jackson and Courtney Nicole Wild Frost! Joining them will be special guests: Aria Russo, Maxwell Parque-Divine, Phil Voila, Eden Parque-Divine, Onyx Jayde Adams, Zoi Montclair, plus many more.
(10a – 2p // $10 recommended donation)
@ Foothills Brewing Co.’s Tasting Room
>> Hops & Shop Fall Flea
More than 80 vendors selling handmade, upcycled, vintage and antique goods will be setup inside and outside of Foothills Brewing Co.’s Tasting Room on Sunday. Organizers are promising good times for all with sports on the TVs, kids activities, plenty of Foothills brew on tap, a DJ, tacos, burgers, gelato AND of course, shopping. Find the latest info here.
(12p – 5p // FREEEE!)
@ Fourth Street / Downtown Winston-Salem
>> Second Sundays on Fourth
It’s the final concert of the 2016 season ya’ll! The season finale features the booty-shaking, feet-stomping sounds of Glen David Andrews. Latin Jazz Net said it best: “Andrews and his band are a force. Their music is an electrifying combination of Funk, R&B, Jazz, Gospel and Zydeco, a joyful, communal noise that prompts even the most casual listeners to lose their inhibitions, whoop, holler and shake the booty.” The ever-talented (and local favorite), Victoria Victoria will open the show with their sultry, stunning sounds. This month’s featured Non-Profit is Miracles in Sight and featured arts organization is UNCSA Community Music School.
(3p – 6p // FREEEE!)
Speaking of Victoria Victoria… do yourself a favor and check out their provocative debut album, Coastal Beast – now available on iTunes.
@ West End Millworks
>> Art Inspired Chefs’ Tasting: A Benefit for Reynolda House
Head over to West End Millworks Sunday evening for a very special, art-inspired evening with Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Enjoy a five course tasting menu and drink pairings prepared by some of Winston-Salem’s favorite chefs and inspired by Reynolda House’s fall exhibit, Grant Wood and the American Farm. Listen to music by Asheville’s Nitrograss, and preserve your memories of the evening with a tintype from South Carolina tintype photographer Howlermano Photography. Start at Hoots with food by (my boo) Chef Harrison Littell of The Honey Pot & a beer tasting by Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. Tour Sutler’s with food by Chef Tim Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen, & Bar/ Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar & a gin tasting by Sutler’s Spirit Co. Relax in The Porch with food by Chef Michael Daugherty of The Porch Kitchen and Cantina & a seasonal margarita tasting. Visit the newly-opened event space, The Roller Mill Events with food by Chef Jeff Bacon of Providence Restaurant & Catering & dessert by Chef Pablo del Valle of Atelier on Trade. Find all of the delicious scoop here.
(5:30p – 9p // $40 / find tickets here)