2011 Performances

ABC11 Family Stage

Saturday

  • 8:40 AM - Sunny Performing Arts Group
  • 9:40 AM - Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance
  • 10:40 AM - Footnotes Tap Ensemble
  • 11:40 AM - Triangle Youth Ballet
  • 12:40 PM - Bouncing Bulldogs
  • 1:40 PM - Flamenco Carolina
  • 2:40 PM - The Natyarpana School of Dance & Music
  • Sunday

  • 10:40 AM - Encore Academy of Dance
  • 11:40 AM - Faulkner's Dance and Gymnastics, Inc.
  • 12:40 PM - Little River Cloggers
  • 1:40 PM - Chinese Kung Fu Center
  • 2:40 PM - Gotta Dance
  • Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Saturday

  • 8:00 AM - Pratie Heads
  • 10:00 AM - Gary Mitchell
  • 12:00 PM - The Johnny Folsom 4
  • 2:00 PM - Tad Dreis
  • Sunday

  • 10:00 AM - Durham Jazz Orchestra
  • 12:00 PM - Polka Plus Band
  • 2:00 PM - Amanda Elliott and Band
  • The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    Saturday

  • 9:00 AM - Jo Gore and the Alternative
  • 11:00 AM - Southern Routes
  • 1:00 PM - Milagro Saints
  • 3:00 PM - Skeedaddle
  • Sunday

  • 11:00 AM - Club Boheme
  • 1:00 PM - The Adia Ledbetter Quartet
  • 3:00 PM - TROSA Band

  • Saturday

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Pratie Heads

    Jane Peppler and Bob Vasile, recently playing together again as the Pratie Heads, perform Irish, Scottish, English, and early American songs and dance tunes, and more. Their new recording, “Rag Faire,” was released in December 2006. They played for festivals, arts councils, schools and community concerts through the 1980s as part of the North Carolina Touring program. The group made four recordings – the last, “Heritage,” was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Their St. Patrick’s performance for the Smithsonian Institution (Associate Artist Series at the Baird Auditorium in Washington DC) was broadcast over Voice of America in countries including Greece and Albania.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Sunny Performing Arts Group

    Sunny Performing Arts Group

    Sunny Performing Arts Group comprises a group of volunteering performing artists living in the Triangle area of North Carolina, who love and devote themselves to the performing arts of the world, especially the colorful and diverse Chinese communal folk dance, which is known for its 5,000-year tradition and ever-renewing dynamic energy.

    Their mission is through various forms of dances to showcase and appreciate the world of communal folk dance, especially the age-old Chinese folk dances; to enrich the family and community’s cultural life; and to promote and enhance the cultural understanding and exchange among the residents and citizens of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds who work/live in the Triangle area and beyond.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    Jo Gore and the Alternative

    Jo Gore and the Alternative

    The music of the band can be labeled anywhere from folk to blues to rock. Deemed “Rock and Roll with Acoustic Soul”, every song is full of spirit. Jo Gore spent a good portion of her childhood singing at Spring Hill Baptist, located in Columbus County, North Carolina. Jo’s father, A.K. Gore was the church pianist, and the two would play and sing throughout the region. Her heavy vibrato, improvisation, and interpretation of melody is quite reminiscent of the great vocal jazz and gospel stylists of the 50s and 60s. Some describe the music as Rosette Thorpe meets John Lennon.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance

    The Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance in Raleigh, NC, has been dedicated to promoting and cultivating a love of traditional Irish dancing, music and culture since 1999. Classes are offered in Irish solo dancing and figure dancing for children ages 4 and up adults. Dancers from Inis Cairde perform year-round at multicultural festivals, schools, and private functions. Our dancers have also been featured onstage in concert with such traditional Irish musicians as the Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Lunasa, Natalie MacMaster, and Eileen Ivers, to name a few. Inis Cairde dancers compete locally each year, and have won multiple accolades in North America and Ireland.

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Gary Mitchell

    Gary Mitchell

    With background in percussion, piano, guitar and classical vocal, Gary is an independent musician who wishes to uphold the morality of pop music. A graduate of UNC, Gary is a seasoned professional, having played and collaborated with many local artists. His music is saturated with groove and pounding with upbeat melodic riffs. The tunes will have you feeling good and singing along, while the thoughtful lyrics lend a powerful message.

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    Footnotes Tap Ensemble

    Footnotes Tap Ensemble is a non-profit professional tap company that was founded in July 2002. The Ensemble’s mission is to promote, educate, and perform this truly unique American dance art through annual ensemble concerts, community concerts for the underserved, and dance workshops. Footnotes is an all-adult dance company fueled by dancers who love to tap and push themselves both physically and artistically through dance. Currently, the company is made up of fourteen dancers and two guest dancers. The dancers are racially and ethnically diverse individuals who enjoy partnering with live musicians and other dance groups. The Ensemble is the only professional, non-profit, repertory adult tap dance company in North Carolina.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    Southern Routes

    Southern Routes

    Is a six member band comprised of members: : Richard Tazewell-Keys/Vocals, Callie Warner- Vocals/Guitar, Christen Campbell- Vocals, percussion, Rick Keena-Guitar, Jeff Brown- Sax, David Shore-Drums. With soaring harmonies, this band terms themselves classic Americana blues with Afro Caribbean.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Triangle Youth Ballet

    The Triangle Youth Ballet at the Durham Arts Council presents its dancers and dances. Come see a sampling of the pre-ballet, ballet, ballet, and jazz that is offered at the Durham Arts Council this fall and winter. And meet Audrey Fenske, faculty member and choreographer. This exhibition should delight children of all ages. Have fun with dance at the DAC this year.

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    The Johnny Folsom 4

    The Johnny Folsom 4

    From “A Boy Named Sue” to “Ring of Fire,” four of Raleigh’s favorite musical sons pay tribute to the Man in Black with the Johnny Folsom Four. It’s all Johnny Cash; all the time. True to the man’s poetic spirit, the JF4 promises an honest and entertaining performance for fans of all ages.While nobody sounds like Mr. Cash, lead singer David Burney brings a lilting southern baritone to Cash’s classic songs which hits the mark well enough that you may wonder on occasion if Johnny, himself, is in the building. David Gresham more than meets the challenge of filling in for Luther and Carl Perkins on those classic guitar licks. And Joey Ward (bass) and Randy Benefield (drums) provide the hallmark, train-like driving rhythm the whole world loves. When it comes to honoring Johnny Cash, JF4 walks the line.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Bouncing Bulldogs

    The Bouncing Bulldogs Rope Skipping Team is currently comprised of over 100 boys and girls, ranging in age from 5 to 22, from the metropolitan triangle area of Chapel Hill, Durham and Hillsborough, North Carolina. Team members perform more than 400 synchronized tricks and maneuvers using a combination of single and double dutch ropes. Their innovative rope skipping style includes fancy footwork, flips and other acrobatic stunts. The jumpers choreograph their own routines and all team routines to music. The team currently has dozens of national and world championship titles in single rope and double dutch events.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    Milagro Saints

    SD Ineson (guitar, vocals), former member of English NYC-based band The Jack Rubies, (who released two albums on TVT records, and toured extensively in the U.S. with bands They Might Be Giants and Modern English) and Lee Kirby (hammond organ, harmonica, piano) met by chance encounter in NYC and soon found their various musical influences harmonizing into a roots rock americana sound, influenced by Dylan, Neil Young, Gene Clark, The Band, The Dead. Joyce Bowden, singer and multi-instrumentalist, who had previously worked with members of Talking Heads, The Ramones and Arthur Russell, was also a founding member, and songwriter in the band. A move out NYC to Raleigh NC, found them submerged in the rootsy celebrations of the local scene. This “soulfolk” band is as original as they come, and remains a standby in North Carolina as well as up the East Coast to New England. The Milagro Saints are SD Ineson: Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar;Lee Kirby: Hammond Organ, Piano, Harmonica;Roberto Morales: Electric & Acoustic Guitars; Smitty: Lap Steel; Ed Root: Drums, Vocals; David Kaminski: Bass.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Flamenco Carolina

    Come experience the rhythm and universal spirit of Flamenco Carolina! This local dance company is composed of a core group of advanced local students from various ethnic backgrounds. They perform a number of dances which portray a range of emotions, speak on the fascinating history of flamenco, and invite the audience to try a few rhythms. All the dances include lively footwork and the use of castanets, fans or shawls. Ole!

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Tad Dreis

    Tad Dreis is a Chapel Hill, NC-based singer-songwriter specializing in quirky indie-folk-pop music. Since graduating from UNC, he has released four original albums and tours on the college circuit nationwide. In the last six months alone, he has performed in nearly every state on the East Coast, and has played shorter tours on the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest. His latest album came out on September 11, and is titled “The Reluctant Hook (and the day that caught it).”

    ABC11 Family Stage

    The Natyarpana School of Dance & Music

    The Natyarpana School of Dance & Music

    The Natyarpana School of Dance & Music was founded by Ramya Kapadia to add to the rich cultural environment of Durham, NC. The parent school, the Natyarpana Dance Company in Madison and Brookfield, WI, was founded in 2003 by Guru Kripa Baskaran. “Natyarpana”, the institution, aims to promote the rich cultural heritage of India through classical music and dance.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    Skeedaddle

    Skeedaddle

    Skeedaddle is a Durham, North Carolina-based string band that plays 20s & 30s swing, blues, Dixieland, traditional Hawaiian and other roots Americana. They dress the part, genuinely love playing music, and the audience always has a lot of fun!

    Sunday

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Durham Jazz Orchestra

    Durham Jazz Orchestra

    Durham Jazz is a full eighteen-piece band plus a male and female vocalist. It is made up of musicians from many walks of life, students, teachers, scientists, businessmen, professionals, retirees, etc. Membership in the band is open to any musician who shares the love of jazz and plays one of the needed instruments. See our contact page for more information about joining the band. Durham Jazz performs for community events such as concerts in the park, community festivals and street fairs. It also participates in community outreach with concerts at senior centers and other venues designed to reach a diverse audience.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Encore Academy of Dance

    Encore Academy of Dance has built a reputation for excellence in dance education. But, Encore Academy of Dance goes beyond just great dancing! Our dancers go beyond learning wonderful technique and poise to develop important life skills, learning to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people Encore Academy of Dance offers a variety of dance styles, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, musical theatre and acrobatics. In addition to year-round classes, Encore offers dance camps, master classes, birthday parties, and many performance opportunities to our many dancers who range in age from 2 ½ years old all the way through tour senior citizens.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    Club Boheme

    Club Boheme

    The band plays a toe tapping collection of carefree originals and Tin Pan Alley forgotten classics. The music has roots in the early 20th century but it sound right here and now! Sassy vocals and harmonies, gypsy guitar, string bass, snapping percussion, and soaring violin, Club Boheme might be a blues bar or a French café but you’ll be glad you came by. It’s string jazz with pizzazz!

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Faulkner's Dance and Gymnastics, Inc.

    Faulkner’s Dance and Gymnastics began as Faulkner’s Fancy Footsters in 1976 in the basement of their home. After three moves, they are now at 205 Millstone Drive in 14,000 square foot facility. A strong commitment to dancers and gymnasts and their families has earned them an outstanding reputation in Hillsborough. Faulkner’s is directed by Sue, Mike and Mich Faulkner. The goal of Faulkner’s and their staff is to share their love of dance and gymnastics with their students. In so doing, the students grow into mature adults. Faulkner’s helps children find an outlet for their energy and creativity. Many past students continue to use their dance and gymnastics. Presently five former students have their own thriving studios. Also, some of our past gymnasts have become United States of America Gymnastics Association judges, college cheerleaders and dancers. Others have performed on television and in movies. Since 1980, students have competed in dance and gymnastic competitions and have won numerous regional and national awards.

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Polka Plus Band

    Polka Plus Band was formed in 1991 as a hobby band. The makeup of the band are musicians from all walks of life, retired military, computer engineer, medical personnel, business consultant who have a love of polka music. The Band plays a variety of music from polka/waltz, rock & roll, swing, and ballads, what ever listeners want to hear. All members of the band sing. Members grew up hearing and playing polka music, which is what drew the group together. Here in the South, the demand for polka music is not that great, which makes their style of playing unique. The band has performed at Raleigh’s International Fest, Wendell Oktoberfest, St. Stanislaus Polish Fest, St. Michael’s International Fest, Durham’s CenterFest, and the Jacksonville Oktoberfest in addition to performances at senior retirement homes: Heritage of Raleigh, Forest at Duke, Durham VA Hospital, and other private events and parties.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Little River Cloggers

    • Performance: Sunday, 12:40 PM on the ABC11 Family Stage

    The Little River Cloggers of Bahama, North Carolina formed in 1995. The group specializes in the traditional dance forms of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as well as exploring more contemporary trends in clog dancing. The group participates in fundraising events such as Angels Among Us Walk for Brain Tumor Research as well as dancing competitively. This past year, the team was awarded the Ruth Jewell Trophy at the North Carolina State Fair Folk Festival for the team that best exemplified the historical and entertainment purposes of the Festival. In addition, the group has qualified to compete in the American Clogging Hall of Fame world Championships in the fall.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    The Adia Ledbetter Quartet

    The Adia Ledbetter Quartet

    Adia was born in Durham, NC, and started singing in elementary school and church. She eventually took voice lessons in high school and after getting a degree in a separate field, deciding to quit her job and go full force towards becoming a jazz musician. She eventually got another degree in Jazz Studies and Music Education. As a musician she has performed and opened for many accomplished jazz musicians including Brady Tate and Branford Marsalis. She is dedicated to the preservation of jazz music and hopes to continue her successful career as a jazz musician and educator.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Chinese Kung Fu Center

    Wushu, also known as modern wushu, or contemporary wushu, is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport, derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It was created in the People’s Republic of China after 1949 in an attempt to nationalize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. Most of the modern competition forms (taolu) were formed from their parent arts by a government-appointed committee. Modern wushu is composed of two disciplines: taolu (forms) and sanda (sparring). The Chinese Kungfu Center will be performing several wushu forms as well as taichi and lion dance.

    Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    Amanda Elliott and Band

    Amanda Elliott
    • Performance: Sunday, 2:00 PM on the Fox 50, Mix 101.5, WRAL.com North Stage

    A native Durhamite, Amanda Elliott has been singing since she was two, and began writing songs when she was 22. Her influences include: Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless, and Martina McBride. She strives to sing positive upbeat music and performs country music, both new and all. Each song she belts out with passion and has listeners paying attention.

    ABC11 Family Stage

    Gotta Dance

    Gotta Dance Studio

    Gotta Dance is a performing arts studio in Wake Forest, offering dance, drama and voice classes for students from pre-school age to adults. Conveniently located off Rogers Road, Gotta Dance is a new 5,000 square foot facility with four spacious studios and a camp activity classroom. Students can take classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap or contemporary dance, develop their vocal talent in group or private voice lessons, or use their creativity and imagination to explore their acting abilities through musical theater productions, improvisation, scripted stage plays, on-camera techniques and auditioning skills.

    The Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes

    TROSA Band

    The TROSA Band consists of staff and residents of the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers program. TROSA is a non-profit two-year program. The band has been playing community oriented events in the Triangle for over 10 years.