It is always a sure sign of summer coming soon on the horizon when the vast array of talent begins as part of the spring schedule at Cary’s premier outdoor entertainment venue, Koka Booth Amphitheater. Located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary, the beautiful facility was voted by Cary magazine as the Best Music Venue in the town, receiving the “Maggy Award” for this distinction in Cary Magazine. Offering a variety of live music, movies, and much more, Koka Booth caters to all tastes and ages with the world class talent lined up to perform at the amphitheater each spring and summer.
Plenty of live music options are on the slate for the upcoming month of May, as Koka Booth will kick off the month on the first when the Side Car Social Club brings their old time sound with a unique, modernized twist to the stage as a part of the summer-long “Hob Nob Jazz Series.” Later that week renowned, country music star, Lyle Lovett will headline a great lineup on May 4 that also includes Delta Rae, Chatham County Line, and the Mac and Juice Quartet. This show is a fundraiser for band Together NC, a volunteer organization which helps to raise money for numerous fantastic charities not only in North Carolina, but across the entire United States. On Wednesday may 8, the second installment of the “Hob Nob Jazz Series” will hit the stage and feature Peter Lamb and the Wolves, a five piece, North Carolina based outfit that was the back to back winner of the Triangle’s Best Jazz band award (2011-12) in Indy Week. On May 11, the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will present a concert version of George Gershwin’s classical 1927 musical, “Strike up the Band,” with the Al Strong Quartet performing as the third act in the “Hob Nob Jazz Series” on May 15. The following week, the Durham-based Mint Julep jazz band will continue to “jazz up the spring” as a part of the series on May 22, while on May 25 the North Carolina Symphony Summerfest Series will kick off with Brahms Symphony No. 2, featuring Play with the Pros. “An American Celebration” will take place at Koka Booth on May 26, as the Town of Cary and Triangle Wind Ensemble gives there take on the musical selections of John Williams and the funky sounds of Outside Soul will wrap up the month on May 29 in the final segment of the Hob Nob series.
In addition to music, the month of May will also see several two installments of the “Movies by Moonlight” series that is a great way for the family to get out and spend an enjoyable evening of entertainment together. On May 10, the romantic comedy “What to Expect When You Are Expecting, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez will play on the big Koka Booth screen, while the Blue Sky Studios animated film, Rio is sure to be a hit with the little ones on May 17. Also at the amphitheater in May will be “Pentecost in the Park,” on Sunday the 19th, as Apex United Methodist Church welcomes all to come out for celebration and worship in a special service given on this day.
Though the hot summer months are still just ahead, you can be sure that with entertainment options like these at the Koka Booth Amphitheater, things will already be “heated up” in the Town of Cary.