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“Fridays on the Front Porch” Returns for 14th Season to The Carolina Inn on April 29

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (April 2016) – The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel that opened in 1924, begins the 14th season of its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called “Fridays on the Front Porch” on Friday, April 29 from 5-8 p.m.

Live music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump on the weekend. Grab a bite to eat while enjoying crafted cocktails and hand-dipped Maple View ice cream. There is no cover charge or reservations for the event.

Returning by popular demand are a variety of favorite food trucks available to entertain palates with two different options most weeks. The 11 participants are Bam Pow Chow, Barone Meatballs, Bulkogi, Chicken Q, Chirba Chirba, CockAdoodle Moo, Cousins Maine Lobster, D’Burritos, Heavenly Smoke, Porchetta and Stuffit.

Fridays on the Front Porch features the music of some of North Carolina’s best bands for 24 consecutive Fridays through early October. One of the area’s most popular musical groups, Big Fat Gap, starts things off on Friday, April 29. The lineup for the rest of the series includes Acoustic Manner with Hank, Counter Clockwise, Fireside Collective, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo, Mick Mixon & The Franklin Street Band, and The Holland Brothers.

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2016 Band Schedule and Food Truck Vendors

April 29 – Big Fat Gap (Bulkogi and Porchetta)

May 6 – Mick Mixon & The Franklin Street Band (Bam Pow Chow and Chicken Q)

May 13 – Counter Clockwise (CockAdoodle Moo and D’Burritos)

May 20 – Acoustic Manner (Porchetta and Stuffit)

May 27 – The Holland Brothers (Bam Pow Chow and Heavenly Smoke)

June 3 – Mick Mixon & The Franklin Street Band (Bulkogi and CockAdoodle Moo) 

June 10 – Big Fat Gap (Barone Meatballs and Chirba Chirba)

June 17 – Acoustic Manner (D’Burritos and Porchetta)

June 24 – Fireside Collective (Heavenly Smoke and Stuffit)

July 1 – Big Fat Gap (Chicken Q) July 8 – The Holland Brothers (Bam Pow Chow)

July 15 – Acoustic Manner (D’Burritos)

July 22 – Counter Clockwise (Stuffit)

July 29 – Fireside Collective (Bulkogi)

August 5 – Big Fat Gap (D’Burritos)

August 12 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo (Barone Meatballs and CockAdoodle Moo)

August 19 – The Holland Brothers (Cousins Maine Lobster and Porchetta)

August 26 – Acoustic Manner (Chirba Chirba and Stuffit)

September 2 – Big Fat Gap (Chirba Chirba and Heavenly Smoke)

September 9 – Fireside Collective (Barone Meatballs and Heavenly Smoke)

September 16 – Counter Clockwise (Chicken Q and Cousins Maine Lobster)

September 23 – Acoustic Manner (Barone Meatballs and CockAdoodle Moo)

September 30 – Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo (Bulkogi and Chirba Chirba)

October 7 – Big Fat Gap (Bam Pow Chow and Chicken Q)

About The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel

The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Crossroads Chapel Hill restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2016 Four Diamond ratings, marking 19 consecutive hotel honors and 14 straight restaurant recognitions. The restaurant has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide for 16 straight years. Follow us on Twitter: @CarolinaInn, Instagram: @TheCarolinaInn, Pinterest: #TheCarolinaInn, and Google+: TheCarolinaInn. Like us on Facebook: CarolinaInn.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.