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.
Tyler Ramsey from Asheville kicks off the first outdoor shows of the weekend at the City Plaza stage at 5:15 p.m., treating the crowd to his heartfelt songs with some intricate guitar work. The Nude Party from Boone, N.C. will follow him at 6:10 p.m. Their style, sound, and demeanor harken back to the early 70s-era Rolling Stones and will get the party going.
The Lincoln Theatre will have some Raleigh garage rock to start off their night. Black Surfer goes on at 8:30 p.m. with their Joy Division meets 50s surf-rock sound. They’re followed up by Truth Club at 9:30 p.m.
Neptunes will be the spot for hip-hop lovers tonight. Raleigh’s pat junior hits the stage at 11:30 p.m. and Jooselord Magnus from Durham is right after. For a slight change of pace, Raleigh punk rockers No Love has curated the stage at Kings for the night. They’re bringing along fellow Raleigh-ites Future Now and Charlotte’s Mutant Strain.
Slim’s is where you’ll find your indie rock tonight, and Asheville’s Wednesday kicks things off at 9 p.m. For some more hip-hop you can pop over to Imurj, where Oak City Slums take the stage at 11:30 p.m.
Pour House will be country-galore and is packed with some of North Carolina’s best. Raleigh’s up-and-coming songstress Kate Rhudy kicks things off at 8:30 p.m. with Chapel Hill’s T. Gold coming on right after at 9:30 p.m. Closing out the evening will be The Dead Tongues from Durham, a perfect nightcap.
Asheville’s Nest Egg has curated tonight’s stage at Wicked Witch, inviting in some out of towners to show off the more experimental side of the festival. Nest Egg will perform at 11:30 p.m.