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Saturday, June 16

The Avett Brothers
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N.C. MUSEUM OF ART—The ambitious programming at the N.C. Museum of Art has long provided a comfortable outdoor summer spotlight for stellar national and native performers, and this year opens with a perfect three-piece clang. The Avett Brothers, by now, should be no secret: This year, they've played the main stage of California's mighty Coachella Festival, followed by a performance on Conan O'Brien's show and a launch into The Billboard 200 with their fifth album, Emotionalism. Emotionalism isn't the Brothers' best album to date, but it reflects a more refined approach to songwriting and record-making, indicating that the Brothers could actually have a long, dynamic, developing career ahead. That's a good thing, too, as they and their label, Concord-based Ramseur Records, are a pair of this state's new artistic treasures. Tickets for an 8 p.m. start are totally worth enriching scalpers. —Grayson Currin

HAYTI HERITAGE CENTER—This monumental holiday observes the abolition of slavery in Texas and is all about the exploration and celebration of diversity in African-American history. Festivities are held at Hayti Heritage Center from noon to 6 p.m. Entertainment such as jazz, gospel, R&B, reggae, food and seminars will be held. For more information, call 866-630-3796 or visit —Madison Owen

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