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Carrboro's big show

It's not every little North Carolina town that can put on a show that includes an all-girl glam-rock band playing at the local lumberyard and Mother Goose presiding at Town Hall (as well as a few dozen rock, blues, jazz, klezmer and Celtic bands and nearly two score singer-songwriters).

But Carrboro is no ordinary hamlet. From flag flaps to its french-fried foreign policy, the former mill town (at one time said to be the largest cross-tie producer in the East) has its quirks. It's also made a serious effort to be a fun place to hang out. While the town is knows for its nighttime indoor venues like Cat's Cradle, De La Luz and Go!, downtown Carrboro has seen a recent boom in outdoor, daytime music events.

This year's Carrboro Music Festival aims to break all records for number of acts and variety of venues. In all, 140 acts are planned for stages and porches from Town Hall to Go! and 18 coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and music halls in between. There are events for the kids, a couple of solar powered stages and plenty of food as well.

All shows are free.

For more information, including maps, check out the music festival's Web site at carrboromusicfestival.com

One inside note: Unless you're trying to be droll, it's no longer hip to refer to the place as the Paris of the Piedmont. Though Carrboro's Board of Aldermen passed a French food month proclamation at the height of U.S. anti-French sentiment over Iraq last spring, the town has been trying to shed the Paris label for years. It is, in the words of one town board member, "so 1998."

Carrboro Music Festival Schedule
Armadillo Grill
North Carolina Songwriter's Co-op Stage

1 p.m.: Dr. Oakroot
1:30 p.m.: Kim Buchanan
2 p.m.: Jason File
2:30 p.m.: Tony Whetstone
3 p.m.: Greg Taylor
3:30 p.m.: Pete Leary
4 p.m.: Tracy Feldman
4:30 p.m.: Randy Fulk
5 p.m.: Jamie Purnell
5:30 p.m.: Rusty Adams
6 p.m.: Mark Dillon
6:30 p.m.: Mike Germano

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West End Nationwide Shelia Giebig Agency Stage

1 p.m.: Choreo Collective: Modern Dance
2 p.m.: Orientale Expressions: Belly Dancing
3 p.m.: Bruce Piephoff: singer/songwriter
4 p.m.: Open Fields Ensemble: Classical, Cuban and country
5 p.m.: Taylor Roberts Music: acoustic rock
6 p.m.: Kudzustvo: Balkin
7 p.m.: Silver: Folk
8 p.m.: Piedmont Allstars: Old Time
9 p.m.: Carlos Salvo's Band: Latin American

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Earl Wynn WNCU Stage

1 p.m.: Harmony Keeney: vocals
2 p.m.: Michael Jones Trio
3 p.m.: Tony Galiani Band
4 p.m.: Generations w/Adia & Bro. Yusef: Vocals
5 p.m.: Trio East
6 p.m.: The Orgaphonics
7 p.m.: NCCU Jazz Combo
8 p.m.: Europa Quartet
9 p.m.: Justin Thompson

Cat's Cradle
3:30 p.m.: Magnolia Klezmer Band: Klezmer
4:30 p.m.: Will McFarlane: Memphis/N.O. R&B
5:30 p.m.: Nut Magnet: Rock
6:30 p.m.: Druscilla Mane: Heavy Metal
7:30 p.m.: Lo-k-shun: R&B
8:30 p.m.: Groove Stream Attractor: Improvisational space groove
9:30 p.m.: The Pinkslips: Pop/Rock
10:30 p.m.: Land of Chocolate: Rock

Celtic Wonders
1 p.m.: Matt & Miner: acoustic music
2 p.m.: Eileen Regan & Teeyum Smith: Celtic
3 p.m.: Paul Fackler & Marilyn Hartman: Celtic
4 p.m.: 2nd String: Bluegrass
5 p.m.: Piedmont Pookahs: Celtic

Century Center
Franklin St. Realty Stage

1 p.m.: Richard Cooper's Group Therapy w/Prince Taylor: Jazz
2 p.m.: Isaac Akers, Joey Carlstein: Fiddle and Piano prodigies
3 p.m.: Wood, Brass and Ivory: Classical
4 p.m.: Art Song 101: Art Songs
5 p.m.: Erich Lieth: Jazz Piano Improvisation
6 p.m.: Jon Lauterer, Michael Roberts: Classical
7 p.m.: Mark Lewis: plays Irving Berlin
8 p.m.: Eduardo Tami, Mariano Castro: Argentine Tango
9 p.m.: Angela & Mauricio: Colombian duet

Crazie Mae's
1 p.m.: Pierless: Folk
2 p.m.: Andrew Dykers: Folk/Jazz
3 p.m.: Django Haskins: Rock/Pop
4 p.m.: Reagon Cole: Traditional folk
5 p.m.: Cuttin' Up Gumby: Ragtime/Blues
6 p.m.: Shelley Higgins, Tony Godwin: Vocals w/Guitar
7 p.m.: Tad Dreis: Folk

Fitch Lumber
1 p.m.: Roxotica: glam rock/metal
2 p.m.: Storm Front: Blues
3 p.m.: Twilighter: Alt. Rock
4 p.m.: Nomesane:Rock
5 p.m.: Scuppernong: Indie Rock
6 p.m.: Bill Ely Band: Rock

Go! Studios
3:30 p.m.: Clang Quartet: percussion/noise
4:30 p.m.: The Zonerangers: avant garde jazz
5:30 p.m.: Dread 34: reggae/ska
6:30 p.m.: MADDOG Blues Band: electric blues
7:30 p.m.: Cedars of Lebanon: jazzy folk-rock
8:30 p.m.: Sorrow Valley: heavy metal
9:30 p.m.: The Sleepies: Rock
10:30 p.m.: International Orange: rock

Music Explorium
1 p.m.: The Usual Suspects: Blues
2 p.m.: The Ready Set: pop rock
3 p.m.: Yellen Horsley: acoustic roots
4 p.m.: Fidgety Feet: Dixieland
5 p.m.: The Big Fat Gap: Bluegrass
6 p.m.: Memphis: Groove rock
7 p.m.: Community Drum Circle: bring percussion or found objects

Music Loft
1 p.m.: Jostle Lee: Americana
2 p.m.: Fescue 911: Traditional
3 p.m.: Maudlin Brothers: Old Time/Bluegrass
4 p.m.: The Nerve: Original funk
5 p.m.: Paul Parker's Backyard Brew: Bluegrass/Folk
6 p.m.: Judy Woodall's Muletrain: Music of the rural South
7 p.m.: Jaclyn Turner Band: Pop/Rock/Country

Open Eye Cafe
1 p.m.: Branch Ricky: Acoustic
2 p.m.: Tom Johnson, Laura Silvestri: Original acoustic
3 p.m.: Anthony Neff: Acoustic folk rock
4 p.m.: Jimmy Magoo: Singer/Songwriter
5 p.m.: Jess Pillmore: Folk/Punk
6 p.m.: Sheila Warner: Singer/Songwriter
7 p.m.: Brien Barbour: Folk
8 p.m.: Holden Richards: Pure Pop
9 p.m.: Mike Germano: Singer/Songwriter

RBC Centura Bank
1 p.m.: Any Night but Friday: Straight Ahead Jazz
2 p.m.: Loose Screws: Folk n' Funk
3 p.m.: The Strugglers: Alt. Country
4 p.m.: Ashley Atkins Band: Pop/Rock
5 p.m.: Bazungu: acid jazz & old school disco funk
6 p.m.: Makeshift: Emo rock

Sizl Gallery
1 p.m.: The Never: alternative rock
2 p.m.: Dawn and Al: R&B
3 p.m.: Marzipan Effigy: folk duo
4 p.m.: Pica Flor: Andean
5 p.m.: Real Time Dreaming: alternative rock

Temple Ball Gallery & De La Luz Performance Space
1 p.m.: Joe Woodson: Americana
2 p.m.: Brent Ballantyne: Singer/Songwriter
3 p.m.: John Saylor: Singer/Songwriter
4 p.m.: Can Joann: Rock
5 p.m.: R-Jet: Prog. Rock
6 p.m.: Loop: Eclectic rock
7 p.m.: Ape Foot Groove
8 p.m.: Mike Babyak & Friends
9 p.m.: Jaafar: Middle Eastern Jazz, Funk and Fusion
10 p.m.: Sexual Harris: Prog. Rock
11 p.m.: Space Station Integration: Space Bluegrass
12 p.m.: DSF Earth Corps: Rock/Funk/R&B

Town Commons & Bandstand
Weaver St. Realty Stage

1 p.m.: Mother Goose
1:45 p.m.: The Village Band: Concert Band
2:30 p.m.: Family Dance: Contra dance w/caller
3:15 p.m.: Brass on the Slide: Trombone Ensemble
4 p.m.: Lulupalooza
4:45 p.m.: C.H. Brass Ensemble
5:30 p.m.: Braima Moiwai: Musician/storyteller
6:15 p.m.: Triangle Tuba Quartet

Tyler's Outside
1 p.m.: Rhonda Robichaux Band: Blues/Jazz
2 p.m.: The Jumpstarts: Ska/Reggae
3 p.m.: Lactose Quervo: Modern Rock
4 p.m.: Rain Dance: Rock
5 p.m.: Too Much Fun: Jump Blues
6 p.m.: Milagro Saints: Folk Rock
7 p.m.: Lab Ratz: Rock
8 p.m.: Stranger Spirits: Rock/Pop

Tyler's Pub & Taproom
1 p.m.: Loose Mood: Hammer Dulcimer with Percussion
2 p.m.: Ed Pettersen: Roots rock/pop
3 p.m.: Pat and Cathy Sky: Uilleann pipes/Irish fiddle
4 p.m.: Mark Dillon: Singer/Songwriter
5 p.m.: Yasmine White: Singer/Songwriter

Weaver Street Market
1 p.m.: The Outliers: Hacker Swing
2 p.m.: Reuben's Train: Synaptic Pop
3 p.m.: Tim Stambaugh Band: Roots
4 p.m.: Brown Mountain Lights: Pop twang/Americana
5 p.m.: The Grandsons: American music

Wine Market
1 p.m.: Fake Swedish: Rock
2 p.m.: The Nevers: Rock (Raleigh)
3 p.m.: Bluesville: Rockin' Blues
4 p.m.: Lula's Birthmark: Pop/Rock
5 p.m.: Off The Road Band: Folk/jug/grass/rock
6 p.m.: Frosted Sugar Bombs: Pure Pop

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