With the Triangle's flurry of summer music festivals in full swing, the Pour House in Raleigh and alt-country organization Guitartown.org
bring us Twang Bang, one full night of barbecue, beer and boot-stompin' roots music. There's plenty of local flavor and some traveling troubadours from afar in this set of six acts, and with free 'cue and sides from 6-8 p.m., you can nourish up for the night ahead. Country rockers Randy Whitt & The Grits kick things off, then Raleigh bluegrass outfit Old Habits will pull from their songbook, borrowing from early standards and Ricky Skaggs-styled progressive 'grass. Hailing from Pennsylvania Dutch country, Frog Holler's Darren Schlappich writes powerful songs, raggedly framed by the band (with trombones and bass), making for stirring tear-in-your-beer music. Hooverville's harmony-filled Americana is up next, then former Backslider Steve Howell will honky-tonk and bluegrass it. Topping off the night is Hank Sinatra, a hybrid band of hard country and '70s rock. --Chris Toenes
Twang Bang 2004 is at the Pour House Music Hall, Saturday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m. $10. For more information, call 821-1120 or visit www.guitartown.org or www.the-pour-house.com .