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2017 Series

Sertoma Amphitheatre is one of Cary’s best kept secrets, nestled away inside Bond Park. This intimate venue is a perfect setting for outdoor concerts. Come early for a seat, or pack your own portable chair.

All shows are held at the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road. Concerts are free and open to the public. For more on the happenings at Sertoma, call (919) 469-4061.

Loose Strings Band

Saturday, May 13 | 7 p.m. | Free 
Sponsored in part by PineCone.

The Loose Strings Band (LSB), an all female band from Galax, Virginia, has been together for 11 years, and they are known for their tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms. They have traveled throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond playing for many different types of events, from bluegrass conventions and weddings to benefits, churches, reunions, festivals, and more. They were one of the Bluegrass Ramble bands during IBMA's 2016 World of Bluegrass, and they have recently completed a new CD, As We Travel, which offers a unique blend of old and new selections with a bluegrass twist. 

Tyler Hughes and Sam Gleaves

Saturday, June 10 | 7 p.m. | Free
Sponsored in part by PineCone.

Tyler Hughes and Sam Gleaves play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian Mountains.  Their programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kind, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing.  As a duo, Gleaves and Hughes also perform contemporary songs that tell stories from today's Appalachia, which can be heard on Gleaves' critically acclaimed album Ain't We Brothers.  

Al Strong

Saturday, July 8 | 7 p.m. | Free
Sponsored in part by PineCone.

Trumpet player Al Strong is well known in the Triangle's growing jazz scene. He is a gifted musician who released his debut album, LoveStrong Vol. 1, last year; a respected instructor in his role as adjunct professor at NC Central University's Jazz Studies program; and as the co-founder of the Art of Cool Project, a non-profit jazz presenting organization that has been working to expand the audience for jazz in the Triangle since 2011. Strong has had the pleasure of performing for artists such as Brandford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, and Linda Eder. He has also lent his trumpet playing to an array of talent including The Foreign Exchange, Yazarah, Soul Understated featuring Mavis 'Swan' Poole, and Big Daddy Kane, along with a number of others.

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy

Saturday, August 12 | 7 p.m. | Free

Sponsored in part by PineCone.

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and rousing sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. Jonathan Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd "one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norm Nardini, opening for The Blues Brothers Band on their Red, Hot & Blue tour in 1992. On stage and after hours, he jammed with members of Bon Jovi and the legendary Steve Cropper. At the age of 24, Waken left music to pursue primitive skills and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000 with an eleven-pound pack. Returning to music years later Johnny joined theatre troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention, contributing to scores for nine shows and winning 4 Indy Awards for best original music. 

 


 

Weather Policy: All events at Sertoma will occur rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, call (919) 469-4061 or check our Weather Status Page. Messages will be updated at least two hours before the event start time.
Accessibility: For additional questions about accessible entrances, parking and seating, please call Ryan O'Quinn at (919) 319-4560.

Food: Food is permitted, but please leave alcoholic beverages at home.

Dogs: Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome.

Contact

Ryan O'Quinn
(919) 319-4560
Ryan.O'Quinn@townofcary.org