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Live and Local: Spring Fest 2018 Announces Myriad of Performances Across Two Stages


Raleigh, NC – Artsplosure, in partnership with Live It Up! Hillsborough Street, today announced a dynamic lineup of performances for the upcoming Live & Local: Spring Fest on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The previously announced free street festival will run 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the 2200 block of Hillsborough Street and in North Hall’s adjacent parking area.

John Brown
Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos

In keeping with the Live & Local theme, the main stage band lineup is comprised entirely of acts from the surrounding area and includes John Brown & The Groove Shop Band, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, Huzzah!, The Little German Band, Acappology, and the Raleigh Rockers.

“Artsplosure strives to make our city’s amazing variety of artistic expression available to all, and this festival and its location along beautiful and historic Hillsborough Street gives us an ideal template to accomplish this goal,” said Artsplosure executive director Michael Lowder. “Plus, there is a rich variety of local businesses along Hillsborough Street that our festival audience should check out!”

“Hillsborough Street is the perfect venue to showcase these amazing groups on a dance floor that will make it impo

ssible for folks to sit still or just watch. We hope they get up and dance have a blast at Live and Local Springfest.” said Artsplosure programming director Terri Dollar of the lineup.

In addition to the array of performances on the main stage, festival attendees can also enjoy a variety of youth acts on the Kid Zone Stage in the North Hall lot. There is something for every age with story time hosted by Read With Me and the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, and performances by Jeghetto Puppets, Lucy Daley, the Community Music School, Wiley Elementary school band, and Progressive Music Center. Imagine Circus will also provide interactive play time as they host a Hoop Jam.

Raleigh Brewing Company will be the exclusive sponsor of the Spring Fest Beer Zone, adding a hyperlocal focus of the festival.

The full band schedule can be found online at .

About Artsplosure & Live it Up! Hillsborough Street

Artsplosure is an independent nonprofit organization that presents arts festivals in Raleigh, including its namesake spring festival since 1980 and First Night Raleigh since 1991. Its mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public, all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts. For more information visit .

Live it Up! Hillsborough Street is an independent 501(c) (3), not-for-profit municipal service district with the mission of making the Hillsborough Street community a distinct destination in Raleigh by providing services and programs that improve the economic sustainability of the territory’s businesses and increase the market value of its properties. For more information, visit

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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