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"Fridays on the Front Porch” Returns for 10th Season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (April 11, 2012) – The Carolina Inn begins the 10th season of its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called “Fridays on the Front Porch” on Friday, April 27 from 5-8 p.m.

Live music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump on the weekend. The Inn offers a picnic menu ($10 for adults/$5 for children) with beer, wine and drink specials, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn’s front lawn. There is no cover charge or reservations for the event.

Food and drink tickets are now available online for advance purchase at, or may be bought the day of the event.

Fridays on the Front Porch features the music of some of North Carolina’s best bands for 25 consecutive Fridays through mid October. One of the area’s most popular musical groups, Big Fat Gap, starts things off on Friday, April 27. The lineup for the rest of the series includes Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo, Down River, Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon, The Gravy Boys and The Morning After.

2012 Schedule
April 27 – Big Fat Gap
May 4 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
May 11 – Down River
May 18 – Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon
May 25 – The Gravy Boys
June 1 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
June 8 – The Gravy Boys
June 15 – Big Fat Gap
June 22 – The Morning After
June 29 – Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon
July 6 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
July 13 – Big Fat Gap
July 20 – Big Fat Gap
July 27 – Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon
August 3 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
August 10 – Big Fat Gap
August 17 – The Gravy Boys
August 24 – Franklin Street Band with Mick Mixon
August 31 – Down River
September 7 – The Gravy Boys
September 14 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
September 21 – Big Fat Gap
September 28 – Down River
October 5 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo
October 12 – Big Fat Gap

Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites.

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