August Music and More Festivals

John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival – High Point, NC 

August 31 – September 1    

This 9thannual Labor Day weekend festival is sponsored by The Friends of John Coltrane, which works to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres. It is hosted this year by Dyana Williams, an music activist, celebrity strategist and broadcaster. John Coltrane was a native of High Point and this area of NC has come to embrace and commemorate its native son with a statue as well as this coveted event. 

Artists Lineup Includes: 
Saturday: Benny Golson, Nnenna Freelon, Brian Culbertson, Lisa Fischer, Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
Sunday: Joey DeFrancesco and Pharoah Sanders, Boney James, Eric Gales, Mr. Sipp, Michelle Coltrane.

Festival site: Oak Hollow Festival Park

Gates open at 3 p.m.

Two-day pass: $95 through April 28, $120 afterward.
Daily: $55 through April 28, $70 afterward.

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African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County – Raleigh

August 31 – September 1    

The 10th annual Labor Day Weekend festival celebrates African American culture through art, music, dance, food and community. 

Local and national musical acts will be performing as well as art presentation, crafts vendors, food vendors and more! Educational and hands-on activities in the Family Village, along with storytellers, puppeteers and more!

Artists Lineup:
Saturday: HamilTones, DJ House, Jus Once, The Monterio Experience, Centricity, DJ B Vick.
Sunday: Purple Madness-Prince Tribute Band; Battle of the Decades featuring DJ Skillz, DJ Kool, Special Ed; Marcus Anderson, Nitto, Project 919 Band, DJ House, Kimberly Michelle.

Festival site: City Plaza, Fayetteville Street

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission.

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