Come Hear NC

The Roots of American Music Run Deep in North Carolina

From Thelonious Monk and Link Wray to Doc Watson and Nina Simone, North Carolinians have made groundbreaking contributions to many of America's most important musical genres. Today new generations of North Carolina musician are building on this legacy by making their own mark on music.

Welcome to Come Hear NC: a celebration of our state's music

Bill Myers, Dick Knight and Maceo Parker performing at Da Loft

Bringing Back The Funk

For the past five years, Choci Gray has hosted the Chitlin Circuit: an annual community event in Kinston that features stellar performances by some of eastern North Carolina’s most celebrated Black musicians. A year ago in February, three North Carolina Heritage Award recipients performed a set together at the Chitlin Circuit, Volume 5: Maceo Parker, Dick Knight, and Bill Myers. It was a full-circle moment for Gray, who had fallen in love with the music those artists make when she was a child. 

Peach colored background with white text that reads "Singing on the Land"

Singing On The Land Celebrates Stories Of Historic Sites Across North Carolina Through Music

From Historic Halifax in the east to Horne Creek Farm in the west, many state historic sites will be backdrops for Singing on the Land, a new virtual music project highlighting treasured North Carolina landmarks. 


African American Music Trails

Blue Ridge Music Trails

NC Symphony