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Deep South 20th Anniversary Street Festival 

When: Sat., May 16, 12-11 p.m. 2015
Price: $20-$25

DEEP SOUTH's 20TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, MAY 16

DEEP SOUTH THE BAR, RALEIGH—Dave Rose remembers well the words of wisdom that music-industry friends gave him when he launched Deep South Records—now Deep South Entertainment—with Andy Martin in 1995.

"They all said, 'Whatever you do, you need to leave Raleigh,'" Rose remembers. "I didn't like that answer, and thankfully, I'm somewhat stubborn. I have a place and a small staff in Nashville, but our home base is—and always will be—Raleigh."

The intervening two decades of Deep South have fulfilled some of Rose's childhood rock 'n' roll fantasies, including managing a reunited Stryper (which played at his first concert) and connecting with Boston (whose album was the first he owned) when Michael Sweet, the Christian metal group's vocalist, began to tour with Boston.

"As a kid I never thought I'd get the chance to even meet bands that big, much less work with them," effuses Rose, who has also managed Bruce Hornsby and Little Feat.

On Saturday, Deep South hosts a daylong anniversary celebration inside and outside the Dawson Street bar the company owns. The 20 acts span genres and eras, but they all share ties to Deep South. Headliners Parmalee have worked with the company since their start as a small-time Greenville act in the early 2000s through the recent reign of "Carolina" atop country charts. Marcy Playground's eventual alt-rock smash "Sex & Candy" appeared on Deep Volume 1, the label's first compilation. The trio is reuniting for this show, as is Southern grunge quartet Collapsis, Deep South's first management client.

On the other end of the spectrum, Detroit folk-pop singer-songwriter Vienna Teng and Nashville-via-Greenville country starlet Kasey Tyndall represent the roster's emerging talent. A slew of familiar and worthwhile locals—from Americana acts Hank Sinatra and Yarn's Blake Christiana to peppier groups I Was Totally Destroying It and Chit Nasty Band—round out the bill with relative newcomers like The Roman Spring and Porch Light Apothecary.

For Rose, the festival will be more like a get-together with his music-playing pals than a work-related function. "In an industry where the business people and the artists often end up at war with one another," he says, "I'm thankful that I get to work with artists that I can also call friends."

A portion of the event's proceeds benefit the LGBT Center of Raleigh and Band Together; the festivities are followed by an afterparty inside the bar with '90s cover band 120 Minutes. Noon, $20–$25, 430 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, 919-833-1255, deepsouththebar.com. —Spencer Griffith

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