Carrboro Music Festival

Saturday, Sep. 28 & Sunday, Sep. 29, free

Various venues, Carrboro

The Town of Carrboro’s twenty-second-annual local-band blowout is expansive, with 185 acts spread across twenty-seven stages. Kickoff events on Saturday include a singer-songwriter showcase at the Carrboro Town Commons as well as a free show with Ellis Dyson & the Shambles and Noah Adams & the Louisiana Natives at Cat’s Cradle. These are some of the noteworthy sets taking place on Sunday:

Erie Choir 1 p.m., Fitch Lumber Company

What initially started as the solo project of Sorry About Dresden’s Eric Roehrig has since transformed into a full-fledged indie outfit. The self-described dad-rock group released the excellent Old Rigs in 2017 after a decade-long hiatus.

Ravary 4 p.m., The Station

Justin Ellis has spent the better part of his music career backing a variety of indie-rock groups—Happy Abandon, Easter Island, and Al Riggs’s live band. His solo project, Ravary, showcases both his chops as a multi-instrumentalist and his signature booming voice. 

Tha Materials 6 p.m., 2nd Wind

Durham act Tha Materials fuse old-school hip-hop flows with jazzy instrumentation. Boasting three vocalists—Juteria Eaves, Raney Hayes, and Cameron Tripp—as well as a tight live band, Tha Materials consistently offer an electrifying performance.

XOXOK 8 p.m., 2nd Wind

As XOXOK, Keenan Jenkins uses his theatrical voice and reverb-soaked guitar to craft atmospheric soul. Whereas his debut EP, Worthy, contains ambitious production, his stripped-down live show is a raw, intimate experience.

Flash Car 10 p.m., The Station

Morgan Friedman’s songwriting lies somewhere between the eccentric pop of Harry Nilsson and the catchy psych-rock of modern acts like Dungen and Tame Impala. On its debut album, Wardrobe, last year, Missy Thangs produced four of the eight tracks.

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