Back Porch Music on the Lawn Returns with 8 Free Concerts

Back Porch Music on the Lawn Returns with 8 Free Concerts, Including Campus’ 10th Anniversary Celebration

(Research Triangle) - April 16 - The legendary Back Porch Music on the Lawn series returns to American Tobacco’s beloved quad, May 15-September 7. The eight free Thursday evening concerts are a joint production of the American Tobacco Campus and NC Public Radio WUNC-FM 91.5.  

This year’s series will culminate with a special celebration marking the tenth anniversary of American Tobacco’s return as a 21st century hub for everything from business to baseball to Broadway.

Signing on as Back Porch Music’s co-sponsors are WUNC 91.5, Fox 50, Durham Performing Arts Center, Angus Barn, Servatus, Coastal Federal Credit Union and Pepsi Bottling Ventures.  Feast on a hamburgers, corn dogs or a sandwich at one of American Tobacco's restaurants or food carts. Beer and wine will be available.  Picnics and coolers are welcome -- just please don’t bring your own beer or wine and please don’t bring glass.

The all-star line-up -- with each free concert starting at around 6pm -- is as follows:

  • Thursday, May 15: Southern Culture on The Skids
  • Thursday, May 29: Mandolin Orange
  • Thursday, June 12: Balsam Range
  • Thursday, June 26: The Lee Boys / Love Canon
  • Thursday, July 31: Yarn
  • Thursday, August 14: Bombadil
  • Thursday, August 28: Mipso
  • Thursday, September 04: Anniversary surprise


“The return of Back Porch Music on the Lawn feels like the perfect way to celebrate American Tobacco’s tenth anniversary,” says Michael Goodmon, vice president of real estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company. “Set on our grass under the iconic Lucky Strike water tower, Back Porch captures the community spirit that has made American Tobacco’s reinvention such a success.”

"The music this year is going to be especially fun and diverse, and WUNC is thrilled to be a part of it," says David Brower, program director at North Carolina Public Radio WUNC.  "We've got everything from the straight ahead bluegrass of Balsam Range to the thoughtful songwriting of Mandolin Orange to up-tempo Sacred Steel traditions of The Lee Boys."

For more information, please contact Billy Warden (919.412.0630) or Greg Behr (919.272.5621).

About American Tobacco Campus

American Tobacco offers one million square feet of premium office space in a historic factory setting bustling with restaurants and businesses as well as the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Featured in US News & World Report as the national model for urban revitalization, the campus serves as a bridge from Durham’s past as one of the Tobacco capitals of the world to its present and future as a knowledge, science and medical capital.

ATC owner Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC and The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC.

About North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC is one of the early tenants of the American Tobacco Campus.  The station is one of the most successful public radio stations in the country. It serves listeners from Greensboro to the Outer Banks with NPR News and Information during the week and Back Porch Music on the Weekend.


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