Featuring: High Point – Franklinville – Liberty – Snow Camp – Saxapahaw – Burlington

John Coltrane Jazz & Blues Festival

John Coltrane, at the age of three months, moved with his family to High Point to live with his grandparents and extended family. It was no surprise with his father’s musical talent that he too had a gift.

During his teenage years Coltrane picked up the alto saxophone and showed immediate talent. After the passing of his father, his family had financial struggles. Coltrane’s mother and other family members moved north, and John stayed in High Point to finish High School at William Penn. It was there that he molded his musical talent before taking off to Philadelphia to start his music career.

While he wasn’t born in High Point, the city has claimed Coltrane and honored him with an 8 ft bronzed statue and marker. In addition to the City preserving his childhood home on Underhill Drive, the Friends of John Coltrane, LLC host an annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival at Oak Hollow Festival Park.

Each year, thousands of jazz enthusiasts come from across the world to pay tribute to Coltrane and be entertained by top Jazz artists in the industry. An exhibit honoring the musician at High Point Museum features the piano that was in his childhood home, sheet music and photos from his childhood school days among other artifacts.

Piedmont One Mic Acoustic Festival

An intimate festival dedicated to excellent musicianship and a love of acoustic music of all genres. Unlike many festivals we don’t divide acoustic music into “old-time” and “bluegrass”. We’re all long-time attendees to festivals and some of our favorite moments are the late-night jams where we hear acoustic jazz, old-time, bluegrass, Cajun, Klezmer and Piedmont Blues.

To this end, our festival requires performers, including bands to play into one microphone with no monitors (we may sneak an extra mic on the stage for bass players, but don’t count on it). Enjoy music from all ages.

To learn more, visit the website here.

The Liberty Showcase Theater

Established in 1949 as The Curtis Movie Theater, this historic venue now offers the best shows in the industry such as Vince Gill, Gene Watson, Lorrie Morgan, Del McCoury, Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie and more.

A family-friendly venue with live shows every Saturday night!

To learn more, visit the website here.

Lil Johns Mountain Music Festival

Come join us on the Mountain for three days of family friendly entertainment and fun!! Great line up of Bluegrass music. Beautiful country setting with lots of camp sites.

To learn more, visit the website here. 

Haw River Ballroom

A beautiful music venue set in the former Dye House of Saxapahaw’s Historic Cotton Mill.

With three levels, a riverside deck, concessions bar, full-service state and sound system, gorgeous historic details, solar and geothermal power and an idyllic rural setting just minutes from Burlington and Chapel Hill.

To learn more, visit the website here. 

Historic Paramount Theatre

Built in the 1920s, this renovated theater, located in Historic Downtown Burlington, features an art-deco motif and seating for 398 guests.  Home to Burlington’s community theatre group, The Gallery Players, and host to a variety of other theatrical events and performances.  The Paramount also features a lobby and mezzanine level for small private receptions and art exhibitions.

Learn more at their Facebook page.