365 Days of Music

Photo of Nina Simone by Getty Images

Nina Simone was born in Tryon, N.C. on Febrary 21, 1933.

Little Eva

Belhaven's Little Eva rose to international fame with her song, "The Loco-Motion"

Jaki Shelton Green

In November of 2019, North Carolina's Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green added the music of her poetry to the Oxford American’s North Carolina Song Circle at Fletcher Music Hall in downtown Raleigh.

Thirty-seven years ago today, we lost one of the most important music maker's the world has ever seen. Join us in celebrating the life of Rocky Mount's native son, Thelonious Monk.


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The Ocean City Community, founded in 1949, was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina, 15 years before the Civil Rights Act was passed. In 2009 the Ocean City Beach Council conceived the idea of a summertime family celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Ocean City community.

With over 120 bands across 3 days in September, Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From large outdoor main stages in Raleigh City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheatre to intimate club shows, the festival features music in almost every genre imaginable – rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more – and its schedule highlights this diversity every year.

Wide Open Bluegrass will once again feature a North Carolina musicians stage, sponsored by the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The free street festival features IBMA and Grammy Award winners, top-notch emerging acts, traditional bluegrass, and acts that stretch the boundaries across eight stages in downtown Raleigh.