Freight Train Blues 2024

honoring the legacy of Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten in Carrboro, North Carolina

Music Maker Foundation and the Town of Carrboro’s tenth annual concert series returns, expanded to eight evening events from May 3rd-June 21st.

Join us 6:30-8:30 pm on May 3rd – June 21st, 2024 for eight FREE Friday evening concerts featuring incredible roots musicians steeped in the diverse traditions of the Carolina Piedmont!

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 honors 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. 

2024 Lineup


june 7th

Orquesta GarDel

About WUNC
North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC creates, acquires, and distributes programming that enhances and reflects the diverse communities it serves. Through a blend of newscasts, feature radio, and digital reports, WUNC provides balanced information in a manner designed to help listeners make informed decisions as citizens. WUNC also produces culturally rich music programming that celebrates the diverse musical community in North Carolina. As an NPR affiliate, the station provides a 24 hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week news and public affairs service to listeners each week throughout the state of North Carolina. WUNC serves a wide geographic area with broadcasts that reach into more than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The broadcast license of North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC is held by the Board of WUNC Public Radio, LLC. More than 90 percent of WUNC’s annual budget comes from the support of individual donors, businesses, and foundations.

For more information about the station, please visit

About Carrboro
Carrboro, N.C. is located just west of Chapel Hill equidistant to the mountains and the coast, and nestled in the rolling, wooded Piedmont. Home to a thriving local arts scene, Carrboro was named one of the country’s Top 5 Small Arts Towns by 24/7 Tempo. In addition to the Freight Train Blues Concert Series, the town also sponsors a variety of other signature events including the Carrboro Music Festival, Carrboro Film Fest, and the West End Poetry Festival. Carrboro is the place to visit for locally owned coffee shops, brewpubs, and award-winning restaurants; natural and organic foods at Weaver Street Market and the Carrboro Farmers Market; local arts and music venues like the Cat’s Cradle; bikeable streets, and parks and walking trails—most of which you can find in the less than 1 square mile of Carrboro’s downtown, where the parking is free.

About The Forests at Duke
“The Forest at Duke is honored to partner with Music Maker this year. As an organization, we believe that music, creativity, and human connection are invaluable, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support Music Maker’s commitment to senior artists and their work.”

Internationally accredited by CARF/CCAC, Fitch rated, and neighbor to the Duke University campus and medical center, The Forest at Duke is a vibrant, nonprofit 501(c)(3) continuing care retirement community that has welcomed residents from numerous states and other parts of the world since its opening in 1992. Today, more than 400 people enjoy life at The Forest, and 275 team members are an integral part of their lives. Residents are professors, gardeners, authors, CEOs, community volunteers, opera buffs, engineers, librarians, homemakers, and artists—people from all walks of life who continue to learn, grow, mingle, and care. Along with growth and rejuvenation, they find security and peace of mind here as well.