One of the main things we like to do when we travel is expose ourselves to the local music “scene.” If you read this blog regularly, you know that our taste in music trends toward Bluegrass, Old Time, and Gospel. We like to find music wherever we go, but it has to be down-to-earth, traditional stuff. North Carolina is, and has been for centuries, a hotbed for this sort of music. One of our very favorite bands, whom I discovered nearly 10 years ago, is a band called The Barefoot Movement. They are pretty young, which means that they must have been mere children when I first started following them.
In planning for this trip I scoured the websites of many of our favorite bands to find out where they would be when. I uncovered a few possibilities of places we could go to see some of our favorites. Unfortunately most of them were too far from Raleigh to really be practical. However, tonight Barefoot Movement was going to be playing in Chapel Hill, which is less than a half hour from where we’re staying. We had to go see them!
Since this is pretty close to their home turf, they were doing a benefit concert for a local church in Chapel Hill. That meant it was going to be a fairly small and intimate venue, and people would actually be paying attention to the music. (Instead of gabbing and being loud at a club.) Perfect!
Noah, Tommy, Katie, and Alex did not disappoint. Their shows are always high-energy, passionate, and musically superb. They are all excellent musicians and entertaining performers. A lot of their stuff is original.
After the performance I got a chance to meet Noah’s mom and thank her for encouraging and supporting Noah’s musical career.