With over 120 bands across 3 days in September, Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From large outdoor main stages in Raleigh City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheatre to intimate club shows, the festival features music in almost every genre imaginable – rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more – and its schedule highlights this diversity every year.
Here are today's can't miss acts from North Carolina.
Thursday’s Neptune’s set is one of the ten North Carolina artist curated stages at Hopscotch this year. Crowmeat Bob handpicked artists pushing the envelope of jazz and brass bands for the evening. Highlights include Durham’s D-Town Brass, Raleigh’s Savage Knights, and a new project involving the curator himself alongside Tashi Dorji and Luke Stewart.
Chapel Hill’s Solar Halos have curated a stage at Kings, bringing along Greensboro’s Mourning Cloak for a night of psychedelic, sonic metal. They welcome White Hills from New York City and the dynamic Boris from Japan. Bring your earplugs.
Charlotte’s TKO Faith Healer will bring their throwback garage rock to Slim’s, and Asheville’s MJ Lenderman and Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker will provide some laid-back indie rock to the Pour House crowds.
The third and final artist curated bill of the night comes courtesy of Wilmington N.C.’s Museum Mouth. Hurricane Dorian has unfortunately led Museum Mouth to cancel their appearance, but their fellow guitar wielding friends including Kississippi and Charly Bliss will keep the rock and roll alive through the rain tonight at Imurj.
Fletcher Hall has been the home to some of Hopscotch’s most innovative and sonically expansive music, and this year is no exception. Durham’s Rosenau & Sanborn close out the venue tonight and will wow the audience with their blend of Chris Rosenau’s (Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees) acoustic guitar work and Nick Sanborn’s (Sylvan Esso, Megafaun) synthesizer prowess.
Wicked Witch will house the noise tonight, and Asheville’s Ahleuchatistas will kick off the cacophony. Despite being a two-piece band, they pack some serious decibels, and will be the perfect opening group for a night that includes the Fugazi-adjacent Messthetics and noise-rock patriarchs Wolf Eyes.