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Whether the tunes are originating from a front porch in Bynum, a back deck in Durham, a stage in Carrboro or various living rooms in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, there's something wonderfully comforting and frequently enriching about a music series and the way in which it can combine music with familiar faces and settings. The two most recent regularly scheduled happenings to emerge in the Triangle and its environs are the Saxapahaw Rivermill Outdoor Series, which takes place every Saturday through the end of September, and the Latta House Music Series in Raleigh. The former is already in its third week, with Durham-based string-band revivalists the Hushpuppies providing the entertainment on July 16. The music starts at 6 p.m., with a farmers' market running from 4 to 7 and a mill tour at 5. The latter, held in the shadow of the three-story house located on the original site of Latta University, debuts at 6 p.m. on July 16 with Latin rock band Braco and the mandolin- and banjo-driven Run of the Mill. Admission is $5, and children under 12 get in free. "This space was built for the community over 100 years ago," says Bill Shepherd, Latta House Foundation founder, of the Victorian structure and the surrounding two acres. "We feel that the arts will be the most inclusive way to use it." For more information, visit www.rivermillvillage.com and www.lattahouse.org.

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