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Celebrate Charlotte's Role In Country Music History With WFAE


In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' upcoming Country Music PBS documentary, Joni Deutsch, host of WFAE's award-winning Amplifier podcast, will be hosting several free events highlighting Charlotte music's role and influence in country music history.

Join us for free lunchtime performances at the Plaza at Spirit Square the week of Aug. 19. The concerts, in partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts, will feature live performances from Charlotte area country artists:

Monday, August 19: David Childers
Tuesday, August 20: Caroline Keller Band
Wednesday, August 21: Ryan Trotti
Thursday, August 22: Featherpocket
Friday, August 23: Kelsey Ryan

Each performance starts at noon and lasts until 1 p.m. Bring a friend, bring a lunch, and enjoy live (and free) #CLTmusic! Learn more and RSVP on our Facebook event page.


While you're at it, make sure to mark your calendars for Sept. 4, when WFAE and Deutsch will be hosting the Ken Burns Country Music Documentary Preview at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. This free event will feature a live taping of the #WFAEAmplifier podcast with Charlotte country musician Bill Noonan and country music historian Tom Hanchett.Learn more and RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Ken Burns' #CountryMusicPBS premieres Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. on WTVI and UNC-TV.


This event is funded in part through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Listen to the Amplifier podcast on wfae.org/amplifier. Amplifier is powered by OrthoCarolina.