Arts Week Best Bets: Alabama, Carrboro Music Festival, Antigone Rising

Raleigh News & ObserverSeptember 24, 2013 

Saturday

In some backyards, there’s no more beloved band than Alabama. At 75 million albums they’re one of the best-selling acts of all time. They’ve been through one “reunion,” in 2011 to team with Brad Paisley for a No. 1 single, and they just released an “Alabama & Friends” special guest album. Hey, ’80s nights are big these days.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham

Info: www.dpacnc.com

Sunday

The Carrboro Music Festival has been a winner since it kicked off 16 years ago. This year should be no exception. At 180 bands and counting, how can they miss? There was talk of actually shutting down Main and Weaver streets this year. As it is, the main thoroughfare will be plugged with milling music lovers, so plan around traffic.

When: Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Town Commons; Sunday, noon to midnight, all over town.

Where: Downtown Carrboro

Tickets: Free

Info: www.carrboromusicfestival.com

Antigone Rising is not your typical country-rock band. In March, member Kristen Ellis Henderson kissed her wife on the cover of Time magazine’s gay marriage issue. But the down-home truth is that Antigone Rising is a pretty good country band spinning out songs that hew to country’s traditional values: whiskey, cheating, and saying goodbye.

When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Motorco Music Hall Garage Bar, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham

Tickets: $10

Info: 919-901-0875

 

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