Music at Midday: May 2018

May 10 – Honey Magpie (Acoustic-Indie-Folk)

Honey Magpie Photo 1Honey Magpie is a four-piece indie-folk band from the Durham, NC area. Their sound is both traditional and modern, blending classical string instruments and three-part harmonies with pop, rock, and indie influences. They released their first album, Honey Magpie, in July 2017.

They began playing together as a band when Rachael Hurwitz (vocals, guitar, keyboard) moved to North Carolina in 2014. She recruited Pippa Hoover (cello, vocals) to fill out her original songs about life, love, and travel. Joe Ristaino (drums, mandolin) and Kati Moore (violin, vocals) joined the band in 2015, completing Honey Magpie’s lineup. Pippa and Kati soon also brought original material to the band, expanding Honey Magpie’s repertoire to include a wide variety of nature-inspired songs as well as some traditional and popular covers.

Honey Magpie has played many venues and festivals around the Triangle area, including the Haw River Festival, the Eno River Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Cat’s Cradle Back Room, the Station, the Local 506, the Cave, the Pour House, Kings Barcade, and Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough. The band has also played at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville, the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, and The Whiskey in Wilmington.

May 17 – Freddy Green Trio (Jazz Standards/Funk)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Freddy Greene (Saxophone), William Danny Ray (Drums), and Rony Thomas (Keyboard).

LEFT TO RIGHT: Freddy Greene (Saxophone), William Danny Ray (Drums), and Rony Thomas (Keyboard).

For those who have witnessed a performance by Freddy Greene, it is apparent that there is magic in the air as he weaves his silky tunes. The energetic Jazz/Funk musician and composer weaves the smooth and mellow sounds of classic jazz with innovative funk.

Freddy has appeared on the bill with Mary J. Bilge and Jaheim at the Alltel Pavilion (Raleigh, NC). He has performed with Major Harris, William Bell and Eddie Floyd and has toured and performed with Percy Sledge and Gospel great Shirley Cesar. Freddy’s music has been heard in numerous public and private venues and is a favorite in Rocky Mount, NC where he has played annually for the Thelonious Monk/Harambee festival.

Today, he continues to create music and is employed as a Substitute Teacher with the Franklin County school system. He has released four CDs under DisJazzio Records entitled, “Heavy on My Mind”; “Street Genie”; “You Say, I Do”; and “Solo Dancer”. In February 2009, the Franklin County African-American Culture Club honored Freddy as their 2009 Artist of Distinction and Artist of the Year.

May 24 – DRL Band (British Invasion/UK rock)

DRL BandDRL Band is an original rock-n-roll band, heavily influenced by over five decades of British music.

Danny Langton (lead vocals & rhythm guitar). Danny grew up in London and was heavily influenced by British Invaders such as the Beatles, Kinks, Jam to Oasis and Paul Weller’s solo work. Very unhappy with the death of rock and roll guitar bands he decided to do something about it 2-years ago, writing his own material and more recently starting the DRL Band.

John Blair (percussion). John has played with bands in New York, Australia, and recent years in North Carolina. He believes in the resonant and continually seeks higher resonance. While he is unsure if music can save the world, he knows it saves him, every day.

Robert Byrd (lead guitar). Robert hails from North Carolina, but according to independent DNA testing, is 99.4% British and has siblings from London. Playing guitar in various bands since he was 14 has helped him hone the skills necessary to play his Gretsch,  create twangy tones and riffs that fill out the already great British rock sound of the DRL Band.

May 31 – Big Bang Boom (Kids Music/Educational)


Big Bang Boom PhotoBig Bang Boom: established in 2007 out of Greensboro, North Carolina, this rockin’ power pop duo consists of talented artists and long-time musicians Chuck Folds and Steve Willard.

These dynamic dads play parent-friendly, educational children’s music! That’s right! After 20 years of touring the grown-up stages, they decided to expand their horizons and play for parents (like themselves) who want MORE from children’s music.  They write songs with a pop sensibility by cleverly mixing alternative, hip-hop, rock, country, and other genres to create music that both adults AND children can enjoy, because Big Bang Boom songs are fun and they teach you things!

Big Bang Boom is blowin’ up the Kindie Music world with three full-length albums, two bonus albums, and another album in production. Their song titled “Monster Under the Bed”  won grand prize in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and they wrote and performed the music for the WFMY’s Emmy Award Winning Community Service program, Read 2 Succeed!