Maceo Parker with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Friday, 9/27 @ Memorial Hall, UNC
Two legendary names in funk music make their return to North Carolina at Memorial Hall. Parker’s funk roots began with James Brown, and he has continued to elevate and modernize his sound over the years. George Clinton and P-Funk are well-known for the Atomic Dog and other high-energy hits, and their reputation as party starters should be perfect to kick off the weekend. You’ll have a hard time finding a funkier show anywhere on Friday night.
Carrboro Music Festival
Saturday, 9/28 and Sunday, 9/29 @ Various Locations
All Day; Free!
This event is so massive, it’s going to count for two shows this week. The Carrboro Music Festival is celebrating 100 years of the North Carolina Folklore Society on Saturday, with a collection of music, food, and artistic displays at numerous locations throughout Carrboro. The society aims to shed light on some of the great local artists and contributors to an incredible community throughout the state. Musical and creative demonstrations can be found at the Carrboro Town Commons as well as individual venues like the ArtsCenter.
Sunday continues with over 180 different performers at 25+ venues in Carrboro, showcasing some of the Triangle’s best musical offerings. This is an all-day event with a variety of rock, jazz, classical and international musicians for you to sample.
Check out http://www.carrboromusicfestival.com for schedule and more information.
Bill Callahan with New Bums
Sunday, 9/29 @ Cat’s Cradle
Bill Callahan, known previously as Smog, has a sound refined over 20+ years in the recording and songwriting industry. He has a golden voice and unique musical taste that may sound familiar, seeing that Callahan’s music has been used in many feature films like High Fidelity and Youth in Revolt. Bill’s long-lasting solo career attests to the quality of his live shows, and a live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing is a good starting point for a taste of his music. Grab a copy of 2009’s Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle to get a preview of this Sunday’s show and end your weekend at a classic Carrboro venue.
You can find more information on Bill Callahan at http://www.dragcity.com/artists/bill-callahan
Valient Thorr with Ramming Speed and Black Oatmeal
Sun, 9/29 @Local 506
The Our Own Masters tour continues in Chapel Hill for Valient Thorr. Metal fans already know the name, but those looking to hear some excellent heavy rock need to hit the Local 506 on Sunday. Valient Thorr has toured extensively since arriving from outer space in the early 2000’s and hasn’t let up since. The heady lyrics and driving sounds of these metal workhorses will be rounded out by accompanying acts Ramming Speed and Black Oatmeal.
Thorriors and new fans alike can find more at the fan forum http://www.thorriors.com