Arts Listings, July 2

July 1, 2014 

  • Bombadil to kick off tour at Cat’s Cradle

    Quirky alt/chamber/pop/folk band Bombadil will play at Cat’s Cradle on Saturday, with a terrific back story of great expectations, loss, determination and second chances.

    On June 24, what some have called the North Carolina band’s masterpiece – the album Tarpits and Canyonlands – is being released as a special double-vinyl limited edition and re-released on CD. The Cat’s Cradle show celebrates the dual release and will see the band perform the entire Tarpits album live, start to finish. Joining the band for this special performance will be Josh Starmer, who played cello for the album, and plans for additional guest players are in the works.

    The Tarpits backstory: Originally released in 2009, there was a huge buzz on the album, pre-release reviews were over-the-top positive and Bombadil was eager to get on the road. Then everything fell apart: the band’s Daniel Michalak was diagnosed with a debilitating nerve condition; he couldn’t brush his teeth much less play a musical instrument. All dates were canceled, all promo ceased.

    Fast-forward three years, Michalak’s years of visits to various health practitioners paid off, he was able to manage the neuro tension and play music again. The band again began to receive glowing press – the S.F. Chronicle’s J Poet calling Bombadil’s music “folk/rock’s Sgt. Peppers,” and Playboy’s Mike Adams writing it was like “Syd Barrett meets the Beatles.” Bombadil’s manager, Ramseur Records’ Dolph Ramseur, decided that Tarpits was just too good an album to not be widely heard – hence, the June 24 special vinyl set and CD re-release, and a major U.S. tour that starts Saturday night at Cat’s Cradle.



The Durham Arts Council will host summer art camps for kids through August. 919-560-2726,


The 35th annual Festival for the Eno will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, at West Point on the Eno, Durham City Park. Tickets bought by Sunday, June 29, cost $15 for a single day or $25 for both days. Tickets are $10 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and younger in advance or at the gate. Tickets for adults cost $20 for a day or $30 for both days at the gate.


Durham Cinematheque will present Movies in the Park this summer. “Around the World in 80 Minutes with Musical Interludes” will be shown at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. Bring a chair or blanket. Admission is free.


The Find Your Cool series of free concerts will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 and Aug. 7, at CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St.


Durham Central Park will host the Warehouse Blues Series of free concerts at 501 Foster St. Jon Shain, Melissa Swingle and The River Otters will perform from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 11. Selwyn Birchwood will perform from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 18. Lakota John will perform from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 25. Justin Johnson will perform from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.


The Durham Arts Council’s 40th annual CenterFest Arts Festival will be in September. Nonprofit booth applications and food vendor applications are due Friday, July 18.


The Back Porch Music on the Lawn series of free concerts will be at 6 p.m. Thursdays, July 31, Aug. 14 and 28 and Sept. 4, on the quad in the American Tobacco Historic District.


“Little World,” an exhibit of animated, miniature displays, will be at the Main Library through Saturday, Sept. 20, at 300 N. Roxboro St.



309 W. Morgan St. July 13: Marc Cohn. July 16: Deltron 3030. July 17: The Milk Carton Kids. July 19: Procol Harum. Aug. 8: Rich Robinson. Sept. 11: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Sept. 13: Justin Townes Earle. Sept. 18: Keb’ Mo’. Oct. 8: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer. Oct. 10: Joshua Scott Jones. Oct. 19: Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, John Hammond, “The Blues Hall of Fame Tour.” Oct. 21: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge. Nov. 8: Rufus Wainwright. Nov. 12: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Nov. 13: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam. Nov. 21: Brian Culbertson. Dec. 11: David Benoit, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Dec. 18: Sweet Honey in the Rock. 919-560-3030,


123 Vivian St. July 13: “American Idol Live!” July 26: Maxwell. Aug. 8: Keyshia Cole. Aug. 9: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Aug. 17: 3 Doors Down. Aug. 20: Tori Amos. Aug. 24: NEEDTOBREATHE. Aug. 27: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Aug. 30: Erica Campbell, Kirk Franklin. Sept. 26: The Temptations and The Four Tops. Oct. 29: Susan Boyle. Nov. 6: Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson. Nov. 13: Straight No Chaser. Nov. 16: Chris Botti. Oct. 4: Ian Anderson. Dec. 2: Mannheim Steamroller. Dec. 4: Joe Bonamassa. Feb. 11: Tony Bennett.


4608 Industry Lane. July 15: NCJRO. 919-486-5299,



111 W. Parrish St. July 4: Leif Gann-Matzen, “Constellations.” 6 p.m.


214 Hunt St. Saturdays: Art Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-688-8267,



309 W. Morgan St. Aug. 29: Paul Mooney. Sept. 5: John Hodgman. Oct. 3-4: “The Great Divorce.” Feb. 6: John Waters. 919-560-3030,


123 Vivian St. Sept. 16-21: “Dirty Dancing.” Oct. 8-19: “The Phantom of the Opera.” Oct. 25: Bill Cosby. Nov. 8: Joan Rivers. Nov. 14: “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Nov. 18-23: “Cinderella.” Dec. 9-14: “Annie.” Dec. 18-21: “A Christmas Carol.” Jan. 7-25: “Wicked.” Feb. 17-22: “Motown the Musical.” March 10-15: “Kinky Boots.” April 7-12: “Jersey Boys.” May 12-17: “Pippin.” June 2-7: “Newsies.”

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