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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.

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.

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.

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