The American Acoustic tour brings together the leading lights of contemporary Americana music for an evening of incomparable musicianship and vocal harmonizing. I’m with Her features recent Grammy winner Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, and Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still. Each is an acclaimed artist in her own right, and as a trio they are sublime. The New York Times calls them "an alliance of Americana virtuosos."
The same may be said for the Punch Brothers, who music producer T-Bone Burnett called “one of the most incredible bands this country has ever produced.” The band is led by mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile, who just completed his first season as host of A Prairie Home Companion. Alex Wilkinson writes in The New Yorker, “Each of the other musicians—Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle)—plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of.”
Punch Brothers’ latest album for Nonesuch, The Phosphorescent Blues, is their warmest, most emotive and elegantly melodic work to date.
Can’t wait for the show? Join American Acoustic concert text group, where we’ll provide real-time weather and traffic-related info on the day of the show. To join, text NCMAacoustic to 72727. We promise not to send annoying frequent texts, just useful messages and updates. Standard text and data rates apply, and you can stop at any time.
Photography and Recording
No photography is permitted during the first song. Cell phones and small point-and-shoot cameras are permitted. Flash, professional cameras with detachable lenses, iPads/tablets, and video/audio recording equipment are prohibited.
We’re pleased to announce the 20th anniversary summer concert series. Since the debut of the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park in 1997, we’ve welcomed some of the world’s finest musicians and performers, and we’ve experienced countless unforgettable moments. Our guiding principles in programming the series have always been artistic excellence, cultural diversity, and a commitment to homegrown talent from across North Carolina. We’d like to thank our patron saint, Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., for supporting the building and maintenance of the amphitheater. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteer staff, our frequent co-presenter Cat’s Cradle, our many sponsors through the years, and most especially all of you who have supported and enjoyed our programming.
Please observe the following rules and guidelines to enhance your safety and enjoyment of summer concerts and movies.
Blankets and folding chairs are permitted for lawn seating.
Pets are not allowed on the premises.
Smoking is permitted only in a designated area near the theater entrance.
Public restrooms and water fountains are at the bottom of the entrance walkway to the left. Portable toilets are added for large concerts.
Please turn off cell phones during movies. Phone use is allowed at concerts, but please silence your ring tone and be courteous of those around you.
Please note seating chart for each event. If all sections with bleacher seating are marked “reserved,” it is not permitted to dance, stand, or sit in front of the stage.
Picnics are welcome in the amphitheater—or enjoy food prepared by Iris restaurant. An ATM is located just outside East Building. A full menu is available during concerts; traditional concessions are offered during movies. Beer and wine may be purchased inside the venue for all events.
Coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, and plastic storage containers for transporting food and ice are allowed.
Beverage containers not purchased at the venue must be factory sealed and in non-glass containers. This applies to water, tea, lemonade, or any other beverage. The Museum reserves the right to inspect all containers brought onto the premises.
Parents may bring baby bottles or sippy cups for young children.
Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages of any type into the Museum Park.
You must be at least 21 to consume wine or beer on the premises. IDs are checked at the gate.
In case of emergency, contact a uniformed security officer.
Emergency medical care is available at outdoor events, courtesy of Rex Healthcare's Emergency Response Team.
Walkways and stairs must be kept clear; no seating or standing permitted.
Use caution when moving about the facilities after dark.
Events take place rain or shine unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. We’ll post weather updates on the event listing as well as on Facebook and Twitter. You may also call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923, for updates.
The Museum Park Theater is wheelchair accessible from the main parking lot. Volunteers and security personnel stationed at the entrance will provide assistance if needed.
Arts Access provides audio description of selected summer movies.
If a concert is canceled before the headlining artist completes half of the contracted performance, you may obtain a refund for the face value of the ticket. Please contact the Box Office during regular business hours within 90 days of the event date.
If a movie is canceled, you may exchange your ticket for another outdoor movie ticket within the same season.
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