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BE LOUD! ’18 set for Aug. 24-25, 2018, at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.

From the good folks over at the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation:

Are you ready to BE LOUD again?

Be Loud! ’18 is set for the weekend of Aug. 24-25  Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, with all proceeds benefiting the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

This is our fifth Anniversary show (can you believe it?!) and we’re pleased to announce that Matthew Sweet is headlining Friday night with a reunited The Right Profile and Surrender Human opening. Saturday night is anchored by the one and only Sex Police with Collapsis and the Pre-Raphaelites supporting.

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Sam Bush Band, Hank and Pattie Duo rock Cat’s Cradle

Sam Bush loves North Carolina. And gauging from the roar of the appreciative crowd of some 200 souls gathered at the Cat’s Cradle live music venue in downtown Carrboro on Saturday night, North Carolina loves Sam Bush and company, and in this particular instance, the Sam Bush Band.

“It don’t get no better than to play in North Carolina,” Bush said from the stage.

His fans agree. “As always, Sam and band were amazing,” commented Rick Henderson of Raleigh. “No two shows are the same, but they’re all terrific.” Continue reading


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Town Mountain, Tift Merritt and Caleb Caudle among artists playing Yep Roc’s Benefit For The ACLU of NC on March 11 at Cat’s Cradle

Asheville, North Carolina-based Town Mountain has just announced it is joining the Yep Roc Records’ Sing Out!, a night of songs and solidarity being held in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina at The Cat’s Cradle on Saturday, March 11. Tickets are only $15.
“In today’s political climate, we need now more than ever, a great source for accountability,” says Town Mountain’s banjo player Jesse Langlais in a press release. “The ACLU is that entity. Town Mountain is proud to take part in an event to help fight the good fight.”
Tift Merritt, Caleb Caudle and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig from Mountain Man will also be performing. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30.

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Dead Horses set to arrive in North Carolina for three shows Jan. 27-29

After I premiered the Dead Horses single “Ain’t Got Time” off their album, “Cartoon Moon,” last summer on my Huffington Post blog, I couldn’t stop listening to the entire album. In fact, it’s still in my CD player. Yeah, yeah, I’m a dinosaur but I recognize talent when I hear it.

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New ways to ring in the new year in North Carolina, Virginia

On New Year’s Eve, more than a million people will gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch a crystal ball drop and more than 100,000 people are expected to gather in Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to watch the musical note drop. But if big crowds aren’t your idea of a party, here’s some musical alternatives to ring in the new year:

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