Best Bets: Big Fat Gap Band, Anita Woodley, Diali Cissokho

September 10, 2013 


The boys in the Big Fat Gap have been holding bluegrass high in this area for many years, with Miles Andrews’ contrabass as central pillar. Staying in one place can take a lot of work, but they make it look fun. They put in some studio time this year, and their free-and-easy union with Andrew Marlin and former band member Emily Frantz, of Mandolin Orange, hasn’t hurt the music any. They’re going to be down at the Steel String craft brewery picking, singing and drinking beer.

When: Friday, 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Steel String Brewery, 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro

Tickets: No cover

Info: 919-370-6971


Anita Woodley, perhaps better known these days as “Mama Juggs” after her one-woman play dealing with breast cancer and the women in her family, appears Sunday with an equally unlikely monologue titled “The Men in Me.”

Woodley tells this story of the men she knew growing up, men whose actions and stories helped to shape her. She brings storytelling with a beat, with her eclectic monologue backed by music from an electric bass.

When: Sunday, 3 p.m.

Where: Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Tickets: Free

Info: 919-560-0268;

Diali Cissokho

Only in this tuneful town can you go to buy hiking boots and hear the Kora played to you by a Senegalese music-maker Diali Cissokho. That’s because Diali married a woman from Pittsboro and moved there from Africa. Now he makes soulful and ragalike music with his instrument and voice at places like Shakori Hills, or Townsend Bertram & Co. outfitters, who have engaged him to play the store’s 25thbirthday celebration. With Ayr Mountaineers.

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Townsend Bertram & Co., 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro

Tickets: Free

Info: 919- 933-9712

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