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Epicenter Festival Ushers in Rebirth of Rockingham Speedway

More than five years after hosting its last NASCAR event, Rockingham Speedway has found new life as the Rock Entertainment Complex. The track's new owners aim to bring back racing and bring in festivals and concerts, starting with May 10-12's Epicenter festival with headliners Korn, Tool and Foo Fighters. In four decades of hosting NASCAR Cup Series events, the Rock is best known for 2004's Subway 400, when Matt Kenseth beat rookie Kasey Kahne by 0.010 seconds in one of NASCAR's closest finishes ever. The speedway, which is on U.S. 1 near U.S. 74 about 80 miles east of Charlotte, was also used in the films "Days of Thunder,"  "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Nina Simone's Childhood Home Becomes a 'National Treasure'

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has designated Nina Simone's childhood home in Tryon as a National Treasure, worthy of raising $250,000 to save. Eunice Kathleen Waymon lived in the three-room frame house until 1950, when she left home with a Juilliard scholarship and a destiny to become Nina Simone, revered for her hypnotic voice and fight for racial justice. After a 12-year-effort to preserve the house failed, the structure went on the market amid fears that it would be torn down. Instead it was bought by four New York-based artists, whose purchase caught the attention of the National Trust, which is developing a plan for its future use and protection. The effort is supported by the Nina Simone Project, the World Monuments Fund and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission.


Raleigh to Remain Home to IBMA's World of Bluegrass Through 2021

The International Bluegrass Music Association has extended its lease on Raleigh for the World of Bluegrass through 2021. The gathering, which has unfolded in the Capital City since 2013, includes a weekday business conference accompanied  by 200 showcase performances; an awards show; and the weekend's Wide Open Bluegrass, the world's largest urban bluegrass festival with free Streetfest performances and ticketed Main Stage concerts. 2019's event is Sept. 24-28.

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