If you wanted to spend Saturday night in Raleigh listening to live music, you had two pretty different options: Concord's THE AVETT BROTHERS played the N.C. Museum of Art's Bryan Theater in the Park. A sold-out crowd of nearly 2,700 filled the amphitheater, most singing along loudly to the trio. Tickets to the event (which cost between $15 and $23) sold out 10 days in advance of the show. Meanwhile, a U2 cover band called Unforgettable Fire headlined the year's second BUD LIGHT DOWNTOWN LIVE concert, which also included performances by Weekend Excursion, American Aquarium, Runaway Cab and Sullivan. Doug Grissom, assistant to the director of the Raleigh Convention Center, a co-presenter of BLDL, estimates the crowd for the free event was somewhere between 6,000 and 9,000 people strong.
The next few days are going to be big ones for the MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION and their youngest act, the CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS. The Durham-based trio grabbed a quarter-page feature in the new issue of music magazine Paste, and their segment on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion—which will be recorded Friday night in Kansas City, Mo.'s Starlight Theater—will air on more than 580 public radio stations Saturday at 6 p.m. The expanded re-release of the Drops' debut album, Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind, arrives in stores June 26 through Music Maker. This second edition features new artwork (including a photo of the band with octogenarian fiddler Joe Thompson taken for the Independent by Lissa Gotwals) and two new tracks.
Speaking of Music Maker, the Hillsborough-based organization has just released Fiddler's Dream, an excellent 24-track collection of tunes from BENTON FLIPPEN & THE SMOKE VALLEY BOYS. Music Maker president Timothy Duffy first met Flippen during a college summer in 1982, when he and a friend traveled across North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee every weekend for different fiddler's conventions. Flippen continues to play at the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention. Flippen plays the Warehouse Blues series in Durham's West Village Courtyard Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. The show is free.
NO BIG BUSINESS?
BIG BUSINESS was set to lead a metal convocation at Cat's Cradle Saturday, June 23. Then TOOL came calling. The band has canceled its headlining tour in support of Here Come the Waterworks to tag along with TOOL for several dates through North America. The first of those shows is Sunday, June 24, in Hamilton, Ontario. And you know what they say about that Carrboro-Hamilton haul, right? Meanwhile, HAZERAI, CALTROP, BLACK SKIES and COLOSSUS will still convene at the Cradle Saturday at 9 p.m.