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Jack Bernhardt for Triangle Today September means back to school, cooler temps and a variety of music. Old-time, folk, country and Americana, capped by IBMA’s bluegrass extravaganza, will take place this month. Here are some highlights to mark your transition from summer to fall.


There’s more – much more – to Old Crow Medicine Show than its millennial anthem, “Wagon Wheel.” The Grand Ole Opry favorites have won two Grammy Awards, and their reimagined string band music gained the attention of early supporter Doc Watson and latter day fan Bob Dylan, whom the band covered in its 2017 CD, “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde.” Expect to hear the million-selling “Wagon Wheel” and others when the band performs at Koka Booth Amphitheatre Sept. 20. Dawes will also perform. The details: Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park,

Cary. $35 and $40. boothamphitheatre. com or 919-462-2025

classics as “When I Call Your Name,” “I Still Believe in You” and “Go Rest High on that Mountain.”

LEO KOTTKE As a testament to his versatility and ample chops, the Eagles recruited Gill to assume the role of the late Singer-songwriter-guitarist Vince Gill, Glenn Frey for their shows, including a seen at the ASCAP Country Music concert in Raleigh. Gill won’t bring the Awards on Nov. 6, 2017, in Nashville, Eagles with him to Koka Booth AmphiTenn., will perform Sept. 27 at Koka theatre, but he will bring the talents Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park that earned him two Entertainer of the in Cary. Sanford Myers/Invision/AP Year awards.

Leo Kottke, a protégé of the late, great acoustic guitarist John Fahey, blends Fahey’s open tunings with his own fingerpicking ideas. Kottke’s “6- and 12-String Guitar,” recorded on Fahey’s Tacoma label in 1969, is classic Kottke, along with 1972’s “Greenhouse.” Kottke brings his passel of folk, blues, and jazz licks to the ArtsCenter Sept. 27. The details: Sept. 27, 8 p.m. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. $38. or 919-929-2787


The details: Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, Cary. $45-$75. or 919-462-2025


Vince Gill, a 21-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist, has bluegrass, country and rock to his credit. Gill lent his talents to Bluegrass Alliance and Pure Prairie League before moving to Nashville, where he topped the chart in the ‘90s with such country

The International Bluegrass Music Association brings its World of Bluegrass to downtown Raleigh for the sixth year for a 5-day celebration of bluegrass with concerts, showcases, business panels and more.


year’s highlights include the induction of Ricky Skaggs to the Hall of Fame, and concerts by Earls of Leicester, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, and a special collaboration featuring Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Molly Tuttle and others. The details: Sept. 25-29. Downtown Raleigh venues. Ticket prices vary by event. The free street Wide Open Bluegrass is Sept. 28-29.

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Son of Wolfpack basketball star brings flavors of his Turkish home to Raleigh

One of the wonderful things about living in the Triangle is the multitude of parks and recreational areas for kids. Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, all have a great selection of parks to choose from. Here are a few of the parks in our area that provide awesome ways to get kids moving.

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Now he can have that pudding everyday, sometimes for breakfast. Last month he opened the Sultan Kebab House on Western Boulevard in the former Gourmet Factory space.

The huge playground is just the beginning at Laurel Hill Park. This preserve features a community center, 2 basketball courts, 2 baseball fields, and a multipurpose field. There’s also a beautiful pond with a nature walking trail and a boardwalk. Located at 3808 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh. BETHESDA PARK, DURHAM This park has a variety of activities that provide incredible opportunities for kids, including on of DPR’s best kept secrets, a high rope course that ends with a zip line. There’s also a rock climbing wall, playground, and hiking trails. Located at 1814 Stage Rd, Durham. HOMESTEAD PARK, CHAPEL HILL This is a green space that has an awesome skate park for the skater kids in your family. It also features lighted batting cages, 2 indoor swimming pools, a basketball court, athletic fields, and a dog park. Located at 100 Aquatic Dr, Chapel Hill.

When Kevin Corchiani lands in his native country of Turkey, his first thought is rice pudding. Made from his late mother’s recipe, sweetened with milk and spiced with cinnamon, Corchiani says his sister always has a batch timed to his flight.

His hope, he said, is to bring a piece of his homeland to the place he’s made his home, bringing a two-decade story full circle. Corchiani, born Kenan Demir in a small town outside Istanbul, came to Raleigh two decades ago as the adoptive son of NC State All-American and NBA player Chris Corchiani and his wife, Stewart Harris. Chris Corchiani, after graduating, spent three years in the NBA, finishing the rest of his professional basketball days in Europe. His first stop was Istanbul, where as a 24-year-old navigating a new city, he’d carry around a basketball card of when he played for the Boston Celtics as a means of introduction. There he met Demir, a 12-year-old who was delivering groceries after dropping out of middle school.

Eventually, Demir came to Raleigh, enrolling in middle school as a 16-year-old, but advanced quickly with the assistance of tutors. Demir attended Cardinal Gibbons High School, becoming a star athlete in his own right. He picked up a scholarship to run cross country at Appalachian State and later transferring to NC State.

Kevin Corchiani said he’s grateful for the life his adoptive parents gave him. He said they pulled him from a harsh and poor life to one of opportunity.

This accessible park sorts its play areas by age group, and also features a basketball court and 2 acres of trails. Located at Marla Dorrel Park in Cary.

But he missed many things from his youth, especially the food, living so far from the tastes and smells he grew up loving as a boy. “I really missed my mom’s cooking,” Corchiani said. “She cooked on a daily basis, and we always had family dinner. Even though we didn’t have much, we always had family dinner.”


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The two developed a big brother-little brother kind of connection. The next year, as Corchiani and Harris moved to Germany for a new season in a new league, Demir went with them.

After school, he worked as a mortgage broker in his American father’s firm and produced a Hollywood film, 2008’s “Broken Angel.” In 2005, at 22, his American parents legally adopted him, and he took the name Kevin Corchiani.


If you’re looking for a disc golf course, look no further than Kentwood Park, a neighborhood park with a golf course, playgrounds, and plenty of shade. Located at 4531 Kaplan Dr, Raleigh.

Kevin Corchiani , left, of Sultan Kebab House on Western Boulevard makes menu suggestions to first-time customers, Doug Hopkins, left, and Charles Mosling. Juli Leonard

In Sultan Kebab House, Kevin Corchiani wants to serve authentic Turkish food, something he says has been hard to find in his years in Raleigh. Juli Leonard

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