Every Friday, we highlight three great shows from local performing artists that you can see this coming weekend.


Girls Rock Summer Camp Showcase
Friday, July 11th at 6PM at Local 506


Girls Rock NC turns ten this year – that’s ten years of empowering girls in the Old North State through rock ‘n roll. In after-school sessions and week-long summer camps, seasoned local musicians encourage and instruct girls, regardless of whether or not they come in with musical experience. During this week’s summer camp session, the campers have formed bands and written original songs.

On Friday night, these young bands (in every sense of the word) will take to the stage for their first ever concert at Local 506, the beloved Chapel Hill club. The teenagers get a bigger showcase next week at the legendary Cat’s Cradle, but this week’s show features the young’uns – the seven-to-ten-year-olds. Were you playing in an awesome band when you were a seven-year-old girl? I think not. But if you want to see girls putting everything they have into songs they wrote themselves, now’s your chance.


Saturday, July 12th at 8PM at Cat’s Cradle Back Room


Girls who rock grow up to become women who do the same. And few women are as central to the Triangle rock scene as Durhamite Kym Register. She owns the Pinhook, and fronts Loamlands, which plays the Cat’s Cradle this weekend. Along with Will Hackney, best known as the co-founder of Trekky Records, she (re)created teh band from the ashes of Midtown Dickens. That earlier outfit’s folky heart is still securely in place in Loamlands, though the new animal has more plugged-in, Southern rock feel. After releasing their well-received debut Some Kind Of Light this spring, Loamlands is a local group on the rise. Come see them, along with openers and fellow Durham residents Ryan Gustafson (The Dead Tongues) and Skylar Gudasz, as they rock this storied venue.


Music On The Green: Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band
Sunday, July 13th at 6PM at Southern Village

Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band

If it weren’t for the name, you might think that the Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band is a long way from home. After all you don’t expect to hear a Dixieland band this far from Bourbon Street. But this Carolina cousin of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is made up of eight local musicians who share a mutual love for the early jazz styles of New Orleans. With its swinging rhythms and brassy sound, it’s a style that helped to inspire much of the music that came after, one way or another. So who cares where you play it? It’s all-American music now.

It’s also music designed for dancing. And as luck would have it, the Southern Village green is nature’s own perfect dance floor. Just pack a picnic and your dancing shoes, and head off for a beautiful evening of southern swing a little north of New Orleans.


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