On Father's Day, June 17, Carrboro's Fete de la Musique 2001--officially sanctioned by the French Ministry of Culture--will sponsor over 100 acts covering everything from rock and jazz to bluegrass and classical. From outdoor stages to established venues like the Cat's Cradle and the ArtsCenter, the entire town participates in the music fest, with the "Little Blue Choo" (a 37-foot trackless train) shuttling people between the Town Hall and the ArtsCenter. The Century Center makes its Fete debut with a series of jazz, "edgy acoustic" and classical performances, culminating in Composer Works, a two-hour classical medley by a Triangle-wide consortium of musicians. And don't miss the 13-foot long (playable) giant guitars! Call 918-7307 for details.
Since 1993, the swamp-goth sounds of Melissa Swingle (aka Trailer Bride, pictured) have infused the local alt-country scene with a noirish feel: the South of Atticus Finch and Boo Radley, populated with characters that could have been created by Flannery O'Connor. Swingle's languorous drawl warbles tales of backwoods mystery in a voice so blasé and distinctive you'll swear you're sitting next to her on the front porch sharing sweet tea and watching for cars. Join Trailer Bride at Kings in Raleigh this Saturday, June 16, and help them celebrate the release of their new Bloodshot Records CD, High Seas. Then get ready to take a walk in Hazel Motes' shoes. Call 831-1005 for details. --Angie Carlson