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Join us for live music in the courtyard at Brightleaf Square.


We (Brightleaf Square) feature some of the areas finest artists.

  Some of our restaurants offer outdoor seating, and most of the retail shops are open during the concerts.  Admission is always free.  No outside food, drinks or coolers please.

Wentworth & Leggett Books is open later then usual Friday night, so when the band takes a break come check us out.

May 12   7-9pm   

Hickory Switch - Rescheduled do to weather

North Carolina's hottest new country band... coming to a party near you!

May 25   7-9pm   

Hickory Switch - Cancelled due to weather

North Carolina's hottest new country band... coming to a party near you!

May 26   7-9pm   

Mo' Jazz

Lead Vocal: Connie McCoy, Keys: Derrek Croney, Drums: Rick Lindsay, Lead Guitar: Kenny Demery, Bass: Reggie Jessup.

June 9   7-9pm   


Pop / Rock / Soul
A Crush performance includes music by the greatest R&B, pop, rock & soul artists from the 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's on up to the present day.

June 23   7-9pm   

Zack Mexico

Psychedelic Pop / Indie Rock
Zack Mexico is a ferocious Psychedelic POP /Indie Rock band whose original songs are a collaboration of the technical prowess of multi-instrumentalist band members and their visceral love affair with creating music.

July 7   7-9pm   

Honey Magpie

Indie / Folk
Honey Magpie is a four-piece indie-folk band from the Durham, NC area.  Their sound is both traditional and modern, blending old-time string instruments and three-part harmonies with pop, rock, and indie influences. 

They began playing together as a band when Rachael Hurwitz (vocals, guitar, keyboard) moved to North Carolina in 2014.  She recruited Pippa Hoover (cello, vocals) to fill out her original songs about life, love, and travel.  Joe Ristaino (drums, mandolin) and Kati Moore (violin, vocals) joined the band in 2015, completing Honey Magpie’s lineup.  Pippa and Kati soon also brought original material to the band, expanding Honey Magpie’s repertoire to include a wide variety of nature-inspired songs as well as some traditional and popular covers.

July 21   7-9pm   


Rock & Roll
Amigo jams econo in the footsteps of their punk rock heroes.  Their music comes from their imaginations, where shit-kickin'; east Texas honky tonks are infiltrated by weird and flamboyant art school kids and, somehow, everybody gets along famously!  The music is about magic and despair, gettin' yer rocks off, not gettin' yer rocks off, being filled with innocence and wonder and then the world taking a giant dump on your head.  Oh, yeah, and it's fun, too – because it's ROCK & ROLL music, y'all!

August 4   7-9pm   

Hickory Switch

North Carolina's hottest new country band... coming to a party near you!

August 18   7-9pm   

Will McBride Group

Jazz / Funk / Pop
Trio of former touring pro musicians, with over 50 years of collective stage experience.  The WMG does everything from dinner jazz to dance / funk / contemporary.

September 1   7-9pm   

Counterclockwise String Band

Bridging the traditional and the progressive, Counterclockwise String Band puts forth a style of bluegrass that is both compellingly new and refreshingly familiar.  Energetic, creative and genuine, the central-North Carolina five-piece has quickly become a local favorite, molding unique interpretations of time-tested songs and long forgotten melodies while never forgetting the musical traditions of ages past.

September 15   7-9pm   


Soul / Motown / 70's Disco and R&B / 80's Dance Hits
Raleigh, NC Live Entertainment Band --- features retro and classic covers.  All members of "Smile" are members of current projects such as Party Nuts, Crush, and Al Williams.


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