The third annual ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival will take place on March 27th, 2015, at the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza. The Dead Tongues (Ryan Gustafson, Josh Moore, Thomas Costello, Thomas Simpson, Mark Simonsen, Jeff Crawford, James Wallace, Emily Frantz, and Andrew Marlin) and The Suffers will headline.
The Dead Tongues represent a veritable supergroup of North Carolina Triangle musicians—a tribute to this region’s thriving music scene and particularly to the inspired songwriting of Ryan Gustafson. The Suffers, a second powerhouse ensemble, are a gulf coast soul band out of Houston, Texas.
This year, ConvergeNC is excited to join forces with UNC’s campus-wide theme “Water In Our World” and Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department, moving to the heart of Chapel Hill for a free, public celebration our community’s natural and creative resources. As part of “Water in our World”, this year’s festival explores the influence of water in the South and its expression through music. ConvergeNC is just one part of World Water Week, which includes many events across the UNC-CH campus and a partnership with the Global American South Conference. As themes of food and water intermingle during the week’s events, ConvergeNC will join both conversations and examine their place in Southern music.
ConvergeNC, founded in 2013, seeks to enrich the cultural identity of our area and investigate the concept of “Southernness”. Their goal is to create a festival that reflects the inimitable spirit of our place and time. Please join us March 27th at 6:00 pm for food, festivity, and some of the area’s best music. The concert will be free and open to all ages. Food trucks, vendors, and street performers will also join the festivities.
ConvergeNC is sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and is a part of the UNC campus-wide theme Water In Our World. More info about Water In Our World at http://watertheme.unc.edu/.