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.
North Carolina hip-hop giants Little Brother have curated the Red Hat stage today, and you are in for a treat. Indie rockers Indigo De Souza start the party off at 2:30 p.m. Raleigh’s Kooley High and Charlotte’s Lute will carry the North Carolina hip-hop torch next, setting up for what should be a memorable Little Brother performance at 7:15 p.m.
Country rockers Sarah Shook and the Disarmers from Chapel Hill curated tonight’s show at the Lincoln. Classic country duo Blue Cactus, also from Chapel Hill, kick things off at 9 p.m. and Sarah Shook and the Disarmers will bring the house down at midnight.
The Winston-Salem fuzz-rock trio No Whammy! starts the night off at Neptune’s, followed up by “deathrockers” Secret Shame from Asheville. Durham’s Joyero (one half of indie rock duo Wye Oak) goes on at 11 p.m. as part of an eclectic Imurj line-up.
Raleigh psychedelic rock stewards Birds of Avalon have curated the bill at their home venue of Kings tonight. They perform at 11:30, and are surrounded by some out of state friends, including Brazil’s Boogarins and Moon Duo from Portland.
Slim’s is packed with North Carolina artists tonight. Charlotte’s Acne starts things off with their “dreamy punk,” followed up by Girls Rock NC alums Fruit Snack from Raleigh. DE( )T, another Raleigh act, will lead into blues rock powerhouse and Hopscotch mainstay, Reese McHenry from Chapel Hill.
The Pour House will be grooving tonight, with some danceable offerings courtesy of some special North Carolina acts. Charlotte’s Don Telling’s Island Mysteries will get you moving with the Hawaiian-tinted jazz at 10 p.m. A very special set from Coconut Cake will follow. A Congolese rhythm band led by North Carolina’s prolific Michael Libramento will bring a can’t miss incredibly rare performance at 11 p.m.
Nash Hall will have the experimental music again, Raleigh’s Dreamless starts things off and they’re followed by Manas from Asheville. Take a break from standing and enjoy the rich atmospheres for a bit. Fletcher Hall is the spot for some great singer-songwriters. Al Riggs & Lauren Francis from Durham will start out the evening, with Daughter of Swords (Alexander Sauser Monnig of Mountain Man) playing next. Raleigh’s Gudiya curated a night of experimental music at Wicked Witch, combining electronic music and visual art.