Zac Brown Band
Lincoln Theatre—Like a cooler of beer sitting in the hot bed of a truck, everything is right in the world when the Zac Brown Band plays. Claiming the top of the country charts last year with "Chicken Fried," the sextet delivers good-to-go country with Southern rock and roots influences. Slower numbers can bring out a jammy blue-eyed soul from the group, but sing-along choruses and deceptively simple lyrics keep the Zac Brown Band from drifting away from what it does best. With varying degrees of country, rock and roots, at least five other bands join in the night's festivities. Pay $25 at 5:15 p.m. —Andrew Ritchey
ADF Block Party
Peabody Place, Downtown Durham—Durham is home to many wonderful events throughout the year, but the biggest and longest lasting is the world-renowned American Dance Festival, which runs for several weeks each summer. This year's festival, which officially begins June 18 with the dazzling Shen Wei Dance Arts performing in the DPAC, is getting an early kick-off with a free block party for local dance aficionados and curious future fans. To be held on Peabody Place from 6 to 8 p.m., from Morgan Imports to Parker and Otis, the party will be hosted by the ADF and dance artist Mark Dendy, who will be producing site-specific dance theater works during the festival at both DPAC and Golden Belt.
The block party will feature games, music, door prizes and free food from Pop's (cash bar), along with the opportunity to learn more about the wide scope of ADF's programming for this year's theme of Where Ballet and Modern Meet. Classes! Lectures! Exhibits! Video blogs! Best of all, block-partygoers will be able to purchase specially discounted tickets to ADF performances during the two hours of the party. Since the ADF brings the best of the world's dance to town at already reasonable prices, that's a lovely lagniappe, a little gift to dancing Durham. —Kate Dobbs Ariail
Quail Ridge Books and Music—Love mysteries? Then you're in for a special treat as Quail Ridge Books hosts not one, not two, but three mystery writers promoting their new novels. Cathy Pickens will be there with Can't Never Tell, the latest installment in her Southern Fried Mysteries series. Rosemary Harris has The Big Dirt Nap, her new book in the Dirty Business Mysteries series. And Jane K. Celand has Killer Keepsakes, the latest in her Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries series. The mysterious afternoon starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 828-1588 or visit www.quailridgebooks.com. —Zack Smith