Freight Train Blues: Magnum & Company, Terry “Harmonica” Bean


Carrboro Town Commons
301 W Main Street, Carrboro, NC

Date & Time

May 3, 2024 — May 3, 2024
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm EST

Led by soaring trombones with their slides pointed heavenward, Mangum & Company is a group of outstanding musicians representing many of Charlotte, N.C.’s United House of Prayer congregations. Shout bands are all-brass, gospel-based trombone choirs that represent a sacred musical tradition unique to United House of Prayer churches. They are central to worship services, inspiring congregants with joyous sounds of praise. “Our music feeds the soul,” says bandleader Cedric Mangum, “It’s designed for the soul, and that’s what draws the people.”

Terry “Harmonica” Bean is a renowned blues artist hailing from Pontotoc, Mississippi. Born with an innate musical talent, Bean discovered his love for the blues at a young age and has since become a master of the harmonica. Growing up in the heart of the Mississippi Hill Country, Bean was immersed in the rich musical culture of the region at the knees of his father and grandfather, both blues musicians themselves. With his exceptional harmonica skills, soul-stirring vocals, and captivating stage presence, he continues to carry the torch of the Hill Country blues, preserving its rich legacy while adding his own personal touch to the genre.

Freight Train Blues 2024

The Town of Carrboro, N.C., proudly presents the Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series of live concerts every Friday evening between May 3 and June 21, 2024 at the Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street. The series is a collaboration among  Music Maker Foundation, the Town of Carrboro, WUNC 91.5 FM, and The Forests at Duke. Funding for this year’s series was also provided by the North Carolina Arts Council’s Spark the Arts initiative.

Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE evening of live music on the lawn. Public parking is available and free in downtown Carrboro.

Music Maker Foundation’s Freight Train Blues series honors Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten’s legacy in the world of roots music by emphasizing the cultural diversity, complexity, and vitality of her music and the music of many other artists local to her community and all over the country.