North Carolina State Fair
offers a slate of all-North Carolina musical talent that speaks to the vibrancy of the state’s musical riches and emphasizes a dazzling variety. Corrosion of Conformity
, a legendary, notoriously intense Raleigh metal band
formed in 1982, will lead a lineup dotted with other big names, including indie rock heroes Superchunk
and sax man extraordinaire (and North Carolina Heritage Award winner
) Maceo Parker
, whose work with James Brown sealed his reputation as a master in the art of funk.
Like last year’s festival, this year’s iteration consciously attempts to draw upon the state’s deep well of musical talent. In 2014, the state booked the execrable likes of Vanilla Ice and lost scads of money, but the 2015 edition of the fair represented a quantum leap forward. Spurred by investigatory reporting
in the INDY
that exposed foolhardy accounting practices as well as an uninspired approach to selecting acts to perform at the fair, the powers that be adopted a new and improved approach to booking. Headlining bands at the 2015 edition included heavy metal behemoths MAKE
and local indie rock favorites The Love Language, Spider Bags, and Hammer No More the Fingers, along with plenty of more traditional fare.
This year, the mighty roar will be back, and so will a lineup offering an array of styles and sensibilities, from the soul-R&B amalgam of Shirlette Ammons
and the can’t-believe-it’s-not-Johnny twang of the Cash-loving Johnny Folsom 4 to the psycho-acoustic hybrid of Jphono1
. And there will be a swing band, a hip-hop crew, psychedelic soul, New Orleans gumbo style, choirs, gospel, and country. And no Vanilla Ice. You can view the full schedule here
This year’s edition of the