Holiday Inn—Ceiling shag may never catch on, but much about the King endures, as evidenced by the Triangle's 12th annual Elvisfest. The brainchild of Heavy Rebel Weekend co-founder Dave Quick, it's in its third year at the Chapel Hill Time Out/ Holiday Inn, and this year's 20-band, two-day extravaganza has a strong local flavor.
The party begins Friday, highlighted by local faves including Taz Halloween's torch-country combo Kitty Box and The Johnnies, Greensboro's rockabilly demons The Tremors, John Howie Jr.'s honky-tonk ache, and Quick's own Elvis- and Sun Records-inspired cover act, TCB '56.
If Friday leans toward traditional country, then Saturday is its muscular, name-taking steroidal brother. Things get off to a nice start today with the New Town Drunks' swinging Latin/ Americana and Gojira-X's psychobilly strut. The evening culminates with Asheville's garage-twanging Mad Tea Party, the trad country/ western swing of Kelley & the Cowboys, Oklahoma's garage-punkabilly Elvisfest regulars Billy Joe Winghead, and Truckstop Preachers' bluegrass-tinged Bakersfield bite.
While the styles cross the spectrum, every set features at least a couple of Elvis covers. BJ Winghead puts on a helluva show, which they'll reprise Sunday at the Reservoir with our area's one-man garage-psych answer to Hasil Adkins, Pinche Gringo, opening. The combo could prove explosive. Elvisfest is $12 and begins at 8 p.m. both nights. See elvisfest.loserville.net. —Chris Parker
The Art Hour
Cameron Village Regional Library—Give your children a new appreciation for art and the world around them: The library and the North Carolina Museum of Art present stories and a hands-on art activity exploring how found objects and pastels are used in picture books. This free event runs 2-3 p.m. and is recommended for families with children ages 4 and up. Call 856-6723 to register. —Zack Smith