Alan Barnosky is a North Carolina-based guitarist and songwriter proudly nestled within the realms of bluegrass, folk, and country blues, writing songs and flatpicking melodies with admiration and respect for the American roots traditions of years past.

Hailing from Winneconne, WI, Michael has been playing bluegrass for a decade, and more recently was inspired to pick up the banjo for its great bluegrass Appalachian melodies. He was initially drawn to bluegrass after listening to contemporary acoustic jam bands, but was then driven to go backwards in time to uncover the multitude of bands and genres of bluegrass. He has played in numerous bands in Idaho and Wisconsin before relocating to North Carolina and joining the ranks of Counterclockwise.

Palmyra was introduced to the rich musical history of the South upon moving to Carrboro in middle school. Her interest in folk and bluegrass music grew as a teenager, listening to friends play around campfires and attending local music festivals like the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. She grew up playing piano and singing in the choir at school, and started playing bluegrass bass as an adult so she could join in on the jams. "There is a common language in bluegrass that brings together people from many backgrounds and generations, I love the musical connection and community that it creates."

Raised in Alabama, mandolinist Robert had to move to NC to learn bluegrass. “Having started in classical music, I am still mesmerized by Bach’s violin partitas,” Robert explains.  “But, you know, bluegrass has this irresistible charm.  And to my delight, I've discovered that Bach and bluegrass have lots in common: the same 12-note scale system, aggressive backbeat chops, the initial letter ‘B'….”  An adept self-interviewer, Robert now resides in Durham, NC, where he hopes to found the new "Bachgrass" genre.


FallFest at Dix Park

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Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

DESCRIPTION The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Dorothea Dix Park are hosting the 1st Annual FallFest at Dix Park event. The event will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00am-4:00pm. The event will feature a family-focused atmosphere with food/drinks, live entertainment, kids and adult activities, so much more! Please contact Joseph Voska at 919-996-6688 or for more information.

What is FallFest?

Dix Park will host FallFest 2018 on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00am-4:00pm. This family friendly festival features:

  • Live Music from Milagro Saints and Counterclockwise String Band
  • Kids zone with inflatable rides and games, pony rides, lawn games, and face painting
  • Pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating area
  • Hayrides
  • And many more fun fall activities!

Want to be a vendor at FallFest? Please contact Joseph Voska at 919-996-6688 or

How to Get There

  • The event will be in Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park.
  • The best park entrances to use are Hunt Drive off of Western Boulevard or Blair Drive off of Centennial Parkway.
  • The address of the field is roughly 2105 Umstead Drive. Look for signs along Umstead Drive.

What to Bring

  • Bring your friends and family
  • Bring your ideas for the future of Dix Park – think BIG, think BOLD!
  • Bring your kiddos.
  • Bring fido on a leash.
  • Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs if you wish to enjoy the live music.
  • You can bring a small cooler or picnic basket of food, but we’re going to have lots of food trucks selling delicious food, beer, ice cream and much more


Private event

Chapel Hill, NC


Private event

Chapel Hill, NC