17DAYS Festival Announces Its Own Concert Lineup for 2015

Tickets available now for Country Hammer, Buckwheat Zydeco, Shana Tucker, and Don Flemons

17DAYS runs September 11-27, 2015

Greensboro, N.C., August 14, 2015 — 17DAYS Festival announced today that it will present four concerts during the 2015 festival, running September 11 through September 27.

Entering its fifth year, 17DAYS, hosted by ArtsGreensboro, has become the state’s largest collaborative arts and culture festival, featuring more than 100 events, exhibitions, and performances produced by more than 70 organizations, artists, and venues. In 2014, over 100,000 people attended 17DAYS events. With the addition of the 75th National Folk Festival, which runs during 17DAYS’ opening weekend, September 11 through September 13, and is expected to draw up to 100,000 people, 17DAYS is poised to have its biggest year ever.

“17DAYS is about engaging as many members of our community as possible in the local arts scene,” said ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “These concerts will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes; everyone who enjoys live music will want to attend at least one of these events.”

The concerts include:

Country Hammer: 9 pm on Thursday, September 17, at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre; Carri Smithey Band opening. Three lead singers and songwriters—each with his own unique take on American music—are backed by a group of incredible musicians. Country Hammer’s songs, nearly all of them original, elicit the full range of emotions. One minute, they’re bringing a rowdy honky-tonk crowd to a tearful hush; the next, they’re burning the place down. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 day-of-show. Tickets available at the Carolina Theatre Box Office, 310 South Greene Street, from noon to 5 pm weekdays at 336-333-2605, or anytime at CarolinaTheatre.com.

Buckwheat Zydeco: 8:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22, at the Blind Tiger. With the three best-selling Zydeco albums of all time, Buckwheat Zydeco of Lafayette, Louisiana, features the blazing hot accordion and vocals of bandleader Stanley “Buckwheat” Doral, Jr. Now well into his 60s, Buckwheat shows no signs of slowing down, with his recent appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the band’s never-ending international tour schedule. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 day-of-show. Tickets available at theblindtiger.com or at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro.

Shana Tucker: 8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 23, at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre. A singer-songwriter and cellist, Shana Tucker credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots, interwoven with’80s and ‘90s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music. Her style has been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and the North Carolina Arts Council. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 day-of-show. Tickets available at the Carolina Theatre Box Office, 310 South Greene Street, from noon to 5 pm weekdays at 336-333-2605, or anytime at CarolinaTheatre.com.

Dom Flemons: 8:30 pm on Sunday, September 27, at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre. A true “American Songster” who pulls from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds, Dom Flemons not only sings, but also plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American string band, Dom followed his passion of bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a Grammy® award for its 2011 album, Genuine Negro Jig, and was nominated in 2012 for its most recent album, Leaving Eden. Sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group and the North Carolina Arts Council. Tickets are $15 in advance or $19 day-of-show. Tickets available at the Carolina Theatre Box Office, 310 South Greene Street, from noon to 5 pm weekdays at 336-333-2605, or anytime at CarolinaTheatre.com.