It’s a terrific weekend in the Triangle! Here are two events worth checking out.

First, the Be Loud ’17 festival runs through Saturday night, August 26, at Cats Cradle in Carrboro. It’s an annual two-night music festival to raise funds for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, which supports programs at UNC Hospitals for teens and young adults with cancer.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Be Loud! Sophie co-founder Lucy Steiner and Lauren Lux, UNC Hospitals’ Adolescent and Young Adult Program Director (whose work is funded by the foundation).


The festival kicked off Friday night with a headline concert by Drivin N Cryin; it wraps up Saturday night with a headline performance by the Spressials, a supergroup with members of the Pressure Boys, Ben Folds Five and the Veldt.

Aaron Keck spoke with festival co-organizer Steve Balcom and Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin. (And Kinney played a live acoustic version of Drivin N Cryin’s hit “Straight to Hell.”)


Get tickets to the Be Loud Festival at this link.


On Sunday, head to Raleigh’s Rialto Theater for the world premiere of a new movie, “The Believers,” written and directed by David Quillin and locally filmed in the Triangle. Set in 1997, “The Believers” stars Nadia Jones as Melanie, a classical musician who branches out and forms a rock band with a “team of misfits” she befriends. (Raven Whisnant, Jason Damico, and Ira David Wood IV play Melanie’s bandmates; Damico also co-wrote all the movie’s songs. Tony-winner Ira David Wood III plays Melanie’s music teacher.)

Aaron Keck spoke this week with Raven Whisnant and Ira David Wood IV.


“The Believers” plays at the Rialto on Sunday night, August 27, at 7:30 pm.