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Groove in the Garden 2016 

When: Sat., Aug. 13, 2 p.m. 2016
Price: $15-$20

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 GROOVE IN THE GARDEN

Last year's inaugural Groove in the Garden offered a slate of North Carolina acts that embody the region's musical past, present, and future, with bands like Six String Drag, Bombadil, and The Love Language as its headliners. For the second iteration of the one-day festival, the offerings have expanded both in number and in stylistic range. The original eight-band Groove in the Garden emphasized indie rock and Americana, but this year's thirteen-act lineup adds subtle gradations to the original color palette, from Matthew E. White's soulful and sumptuous orchestral pop to Raleigh hip-hop crew Inflowential to the sublime songs of Skylar Gudasz.

One way the national festival circuit has become self-sustaining is by providing bands an incentive to get back together, if only briefly. Groove in the Garden has this phenomenon in miniature with a reunion of The Fabulous Knobs, charter members of N.C.'s early-eighties Comboland scene who haven't played a gig together in a quarter-century. The announcement of the band's reunion has already generated brought in unexpected new offers to play. Terry McInturff, who will take up guitar duties for Dave Enloe, who died in 2007, says the Knobs can still summon their early energy.

"It does not sound like a fossilized old act at all, and I think that new fans will be made," he says.

The invitation has had a similarly galvanizing effect on Durham's Hammer No More the Fingers. Now in its tenth year, the band has only played and recorded together sporadically in recent years, with members keeping busy with side projects that include Beauty World and Blanko Basnet. Bassist Duncan Webster confirmed that the festival provided the trio's members with an impetus that had been lacking. They've begun weekly practice and are working on material for a new album.

"Since being asked to play the Groove in the Garden show, we've suddenly given ourselves a kick in the butt," he says, adding that he's excited to be on a bill so rich with Triangle-area talent. He sees the lineup as a testament to the area's musical riches, and says grateful to be part of it.

"It seems like every era since the eighties has been the golden age of local music. This scene only grows and gets more interesting. It reminds me how, once you start playing music, it's hard to stop. It's a lifelong pursuit," he says.

As for Saturday, there's plenty for the audience to pursue, too: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Some Army, The Debonzo Brothers, Matt Phillips, Christiane, Pinto, and Ellis Dyson, and Andrew all round out the day's big bill. —David Klein

STEPHENSON AMPHITHEATRE & ROSE GARDEN, RALEIGH
2 p.m., $15–$20, www.thepourhousemusichall.com

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