It is time again for Hillsborough’s terrific warm weather festival, Last Fridays, held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, 2011, marks the 13th season of this successful event that runs from April through September. Each month, a different band headlines the fiesta with a free performance on the lawn of the historic 1844 Old Courthouse. The festival features music, art vendors, an art walk, a pie contest and much more.
New for this year, all the musicians are featured at the new Reverberation Site Read about the bands and hear samples of their music at www.reverbnation.com/venue/hillsboroughartscouncil.
For April, we are proud to present the Lizzy Ross Band as the main musician at the Old Courthouse lawn.
Bringing a fresh, new attitude with original tunes that hearken back to the era of rock and roll, the Lizzy Ross Band fuses jazz and folk music with dirty blues and rock. Ross’ commanding, versatile, and expressive voice has been compared to Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Grace Potter. The band’s tight arrangements are tasteful and unique, ranging from subtly complimentary to virtuously explosive.
Local artists and the Art Walk
Artist vendors at May's Last Fridays will be located at the old Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough.
April's Art Walk, in its sixth year as a Last Fridays activity, showcases the talents of local artists in studios and galleries in downtown Hillsborough. Many venues will have artist and opening receptions on April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Brochures with a map of the Last Fridays Art Walk are available at any of the participating venues or at www.lastfridaysartwalk.org.
This marks the pie contest’s third year as a part of Last Fridays. Celebrity judges will judge the pies, featuring a different theme each month. April’s theme is chocolate, with judging at 6 p.m. at Cup A Joe and awards announced at the band’s break. Pies must be at Cup A Joe no later than 5 p.m. to be considered.
Pie pieces will be sold at Cup A Joe after the winners are announced. Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough Arts Council. Entry forms and future pie themes can be found online at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/HillsboroughPieContest.html.