Enjoy the new Downtown Park while listening to some of the best bands around! Come out for a free concert with food and drinks from local vendors.

Joe Pug

September 22, 2018 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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Joe Pug is an American singer-songwriter born in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has released two EPs, as well as the albums Messenger, The Great Despiser and Windfall.

While working as a carpenter in Chicago after dropping out of the University of North Carolina, Pug wrote and recorded what would eventually become his debut EP, Nation of Heat. Its literate lyrics received widespread acclaim and Pug's unorthodox promotional strategy of distributing free CDs to anyone interested in sharing his music resulted in the EP selling over 20,000 copies. After touring with Steve Earle in 2009, Pug was signed by Nashville indie label Lightning Rod Records and released Messenger in 2010. After moving to Austin, Pug released The Great Despiser in 2012.

Pug's acclaimed narrative songwriting has led critics to draw comparisons between his work and that of John Prine and Bob Dylan.  His stated influences include John Hiatt, Warren Zevon, and Beck, as well as literary figures such as John Dos Passos, John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver and most notably, Walt Whitman. 

Food Vendors

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Items Allowed

Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed.  

A limited number of lawn chairs will be available. Personal lawn chair are allowed.


Multiple parking areas are available around Downtown Cary, including the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave) and parallel parking along S. Academy Street. Please mind all parking signs if parking in private lots.