Band Together NC, an organization rallying musicians to raise money for nonprofits, has finalized the lineup for its spring concert, one that will likely garner a lot of attention. On May 4, Grammy-winning country singer and actor Lyle Lovett will headline at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre joined by rising Durham folk-pop outfit Delta Rae and Chatham County Line, Raleigh’s great bluegrass export. General admission tickets cost $34.50 in advance, while reserved seats are set at $69.50. The VIP package costs $150 and allows you to enjoy “catered food and beverage, premier viewing of the main stage, and a silent auction.” So if you’re feeling generous, Band Together is more than happy to return the favor in its effort to raise $850,000 as part of its partnership with Raleigh’s Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. Tickets are available now.
An ambitious sort who could never be contained by mainstream country’s need for normalcy, Lovett issued his 13th LP, Release Me, in 2012. It rumbles along with dark but lively honky-tonk offerings that suggest a more approachable Tom Waits. Delta Rae—recently rewarded for its innate accessibility with the major-label release of its LP debut, Carry the Fire—gets by on a rootsy core and arena-ready melodies lifted from ’70s pop greats such as Fleetwood Mac. (In fact, they recently collaborated with Lindsey Buckingham.) You can’t go wrong with Chatham County Line, a sprightly acoustic troupe that deploys its impressive bluegrass chops in service of songs that capture a melodic abandon more common in pop.
Correction: Band Together NC is not an offshoot of an organization; it is the original organization.