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Six Sundays in Spring Kicks off Sunday

Six Sundays in Spring Kicks off Sunday

From folk rock to jazz and bluegrass to soul, there’s something for all music lovers at this year’s Six Sundays in Spring Concert Series. Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, the weekly performances get underway Sunday, April 29. The gospel group Millennium Revival Center Praise Team will open the concert at 3 p.m. followed by Marcus […]

Concert Canceled at E. Joyner Carroll Park Today

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Concert Canceled at E. Joyner Carroll Park Today

The concert by Big Fat Gap scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the town’s newest park is canceled due to inclement weather, according to the town’s Web site.

The concert was set to mark the grand opening of the first phase of the 117-acre E. Carroll Joyner park off Harris Avenue. The concert will be rescheduled, but a date was not announced.

UPDATE: The concert has been rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 30, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Big Fat Gap to perform at E. Carroll Joyner Park grand opening

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Big Fat Gap to perform at E. Carroll Joyner Park grand opening

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PineCone and the Town of Wake Forest present a free concert featuring Big Fat Gap on Sunday, Aug. 2 at the town’s new E. Carroll Joyner Park. The concert, which starts at 5 p.m., will be the first performance at the park, which is the newest in the Wake Forest Parks system.

Big Fat Gap is a back porch bluegrass band that has no plans to take Nashville by storm. Some of them even have day jobs. They just like to pick, they like each other, and it shows in their performances, which are known to be excellent for those who enjoy sweet three-part harmonies, smoking solos, and captivating stage dynamics.

They got their name from one of the few remaining stands of old growth virgin forest in western North Carolina, located in the Big Fat Gap in Graham County near the Tennessee border.

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How to Revive Wake Forest’s Downtown: Throw a party! (or Several)

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For awhile now, Wake Forest’s downtown has been the town’s best-kept secret. Bob Johnson hopes to change that.

Since Wake Forest College pulled up stakes for Winston-Salem in the 1950s, the downtown has had its ups and downs. Like most downtowns in America, it, too, fell victim to the pull of shopping malls with expansive parking lots.

Despite that, the downtown is on an upswing, and a major one at that. Several news businesses have opened, and more are coming. There’s a buzz around town, and the merchants are enthusiastic.

Johnson, who owns several buildings along S. White Street, wants to go beyond a positive buzz and turn the downtown in a real destination. He aims to brand the Wake Forest downtown as a center for family-friendly festivals of all stripes.

In a recent article posted to the Web site Ezine Articles, Johnson wrote:

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Wander downtown for Festival Friday

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On the eve of the Taste of Wake Forest is another Festival Friday live music session at Festival Park featuring singer/songwriters.

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