North Carolinians made groundbreaking contributions to many of America’s most important musical genres – blues, bluegrass, old-time, jazz, gospel, funk, rock and more including Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and Max Roach in jazz; banjo and guitar innovators Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson; Piedmont blues greats Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Boy Fuller, and Etta Baker; gospel titans Reverend Faircloth Barnes and Shirley Caesar; funk architects Maceo and Melvin Parker, Nat Jones, and George Clinton; and rock, pop, and country artists Link Wray, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and Don Gibson, among others, have made outstanding contributions to our state and nation’s musical legacy.
Join us throughout 2019 to celebrate and embrace our music heritage and the way it shapes and expresses the cultural identity of diverse people and communities across North Carolina!
Mipso is a band that defies classification. The iconic North Carolina sounds of bluegrass and old-time flow throughout their music, which is equally influenced by the Triangle’s storied indie music community.
Classically trained in opera at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory, Rhiannon Gidden's career took off in 2010 when she, Dom Flemmons, and Justin Robinson’s Carolina Chocolate Drops won a Grammy for their album Genuine Negro Jig.