0905 Indie Stage

Pictured is Gypsy Grass, one of the bands performing on the Indie Stage for this weekend's Historic Morganton Festival.

After its inaugural year in 2018, the Historic Morganton Festival is bringing back the Indie Stage featuring performances throughout both days.

The Indie Stage will feature free music all day on both Friday and Saturday. Folks are invited to come enjoy the fun at the 38th annual Historic Morganton Festival.

The Indie Stage highlights a wide variety of genres, showcasing some of the best bands located in the region. The stage provides an intimate setting under a large tent where festivalgoers can escape from the heat and enjoy festival food and beverages from neighboring vendors. The stage and tent will be located on the Historic Burke County Courthouse Square next to the Burke Arts Council. Beer and wine will be on Meeting Street beside the tent.

Pan Jive Steel Drum Band will kick-start the music beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday. Based in Hickory, Pan Jive is a high-energy steel drum band, offering the sounds of the Caribbean islands.

The Asheville group Gypsy Grass continues the entertainment at 5:30 p.m. This super-group of virtuoso musicians formed around a love for bluegrass, gypsy jazz and fun pop and rap covers.

Then, at 8 p.m., Wiregrass jams out. This group jams to a mix of bluegrass, but that’s not all they do. From Bill Monroe to the Doobie Brothers, from Flatt and Scruggs to Bob Dylan, they play a fun array of tunes.

While visiting the Historic Morganton Festival on Friday, folks also should be sure to check out the City Stage for performances by The Broadcast at 8 p.m. and, then, at 9:30 p.m. to see Thunderstruck, North Carolina’s “Ultimate AC/DC Tribute” show.

Music starts back on Saturday following story-time and meet and greet with The Cat in the Hat with a 12:30 p.m. performance from The Funk Connection. Festival attendees will be able to groove to a collection of soulful and funky tunes brought to them be this regional group.

At 3 p.m., Greg Mastin and The Druthers kick off the afternoon by bringing a little Americana to your day.

Matt Walsh and The Movers play a clever blend of numerous styles of music at 5:30 p.m., including early electric and country clues, rock and roll, soul, R&B, jazz and more.

Then, Shiloh Hill will close out the Indie Stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. This Winston-Salem-based indie rock band layers traditional folk instruments over a rock band rhythm section, bringing a smooth and infectious energy to the stage.

Throughout the evening, folks again can check in at the City Stage for music by country artists Farewell Angelina and national country artist Rodney Atkins beginning at 8 p.m.

All concerts are free. Everyone is invited to be a part of this memory-making event and mark their calendars for a great weekend of fun in downtown Morganton.

The festival is an animal-free event and will go on rain or shine. For a complete listing of all the events, including the Sunrise Run, MADE Competition, music acts and more, contact the Morganton Main Street Department by phone at 828-4385252, email at info@morgantonfest.org or check out the website at morgantonfest.org.

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