Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Freight Train Blues Concert Series is returning in 2023.
It will take place on Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., from May 5th to June 23rd, 2023, at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 West Main Street, Carrboro, NC.
This is a free concert series. Food and beer will be available for purchase.
Check out our huge day-by-day list of outdoor concerts in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the rest of the Triangle.
Freight Train Blues 2023 Lineup
- May 5: Lil’ Jimmy Reed and Gail Ceasar
- May 12: David Childers and Thomas Rhyant
- May 19: Music Maker Revue featuring Aretta Woodruff, Sugar Harp, Hermon Hitson, Albert White, Ardie Dean and Fred Thomas
- May 26: The Blue Ridge Opry hosted by Kelley Breiding
- June 2: Faith & Harmony and Mangum & Co. Gospel Brass Choir
- June 9: Conjunto Breve
- June 16: Dedicated Men of Zion and Jr. Weaver Gospel Singers
- June 23: Shelton Powe and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen
The music series, which highlights blues and roots music, celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend, Elizabeth ‘Libba’ Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, NC. Cotten’s style was unique and highly regarded by many musicians.
In 1984, Elizabeth Cotten won a Grammy award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording.
Although it’s free to watch, please consider donating to Music Maker Relief Foundation, which helps musicians.
Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and given over 12,000 artist grants. Through its Sustenance Program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the way of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed.
More Outdoor Music in the Triangle
Learn all about outdoor music in the Triangle, including a description of the concert series, and a 90-day calendar, or take a quick look at some of the upcoming outdoor concerts here: