The division between church and state is a firm but frequently disregarded part of the U.S. Constitution. Wednesday and Thursday, that boundary will be supported by a host of musicians, with two concerts benefiting the nonprofit organization Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
Mimicking the dividing line they are fighting to maintain, the two shows feature contrasting genres. Wednesday offers a trio of folk-leaning singer-songwriters led by Durham's Anna Rose Beck, whose bright, resilient pipes lend fiery passion to her dreamy odes. Greensboro's Laurelyn Dossett—a veteran political songwriter who penned the anthem "Vote Against Amendment One"—and Salisbury's Ashley Jo Farmer lend support. Thursday's bill spotlights fervent and aggressive metal bands. Durham's Church of Wolves, who add a snarling edge to patiently evolving doom, headline alongside Fang Hole, Cracker & the Doctor and Words Such As Burn. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. and cost $10. —Jordan Lawrence