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

John Coltrane Jazz & Blues Festival

John Coltrane’s family moved to High Point when he was just an infant. He and his parents lived with his grandparents and his cousin’s family in a house that was built by his grandfather in 1928. In 1939, Coltrane joined Warren B. Steele’s community band, starting out on alto horn and later moving to clarinet. The success of the community band inspired William Penn Principal, Samuel Burford to start a school band in 1940. Coltrane joined as a founding member of the school band under the direction of Grayce W. Yokely. Later, Coltrane developed an interest in the saxophone practicing with Charlie Haygood, a restaurant owner on Washington Street. By his senior year, Coltrane’s musical talents earned him the vote of “most musical.” He also earned a lyre for his participation with the Boys’ Chorus. 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. This event brings thousands of jazz enthusiasts from across the world to pay tribute to Coltrane and be entertained by top Jazz artists in the industry.

For more information about the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, visit their website.

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.