The Cat’s Cradle might be North Carolina’s most storied music venue. Established in 1969, the venue has presented some of the best local and national acts to music-loving college students for generations. From The Veldt and Superchunk to Ben Folds Five and Mandolin Orange, the venue is known for intentionally providing support for Triangle-based groups, many of which have gone on to achieve regional and national acclaim. This month, the Cats Cradle will celebrate its 50 th Anniversary with Cradle 50, a six-night series of concerts featuring 40 bands and numerous special guests. The festival kicks off on December 27th and will present some of the Cradle’s most die-hard ambassadors: Superchunk, Dex Romweber, Southern Culture on the Skids and more. Find details and tickets here.