Hopscotch 2016 — Three Lobed and Paradise of Bachelors
I attended my first Hopscotch in 2011. What I have discovered along the way (2015), in addition to meeting many wonderful people, is that North Carolina is ripe with talent, both on and off the stage. All due credit to Grayson Currin, who was so influential to the birth of the festival. Dig a little deeper and you discover that two record labels, Three Lobed and Paradise of Bachelors, based in Jamestown and Chapel Hill respectively, are also hugely influential. I mention Three Lobed and Paradise of Bachelors because artists and events they represent or present comprise my short list of must see performances this year.
Schedule: Thursday, September 8th, 5:30 pm Nathan Bowles Record Release Show Center for the Study of the American South
Thursday, September 8th, 6 pm, Lavender Country, performance and film screening at the Nasher
Friday into Saturday, September 9th Hopscotch Music Festival Performances, Raleigh, NC
Promised Land Sound, 11:30 pm Slims
Gunn Outfit, 12:30 pm Slims
Saturday, September 10th Lavender Country 11:30 pm Fletcher Opera Theater
Three Lobed is a labor of love that Cory Rayburn maintains, and has for more than 15 years in addition to a career as an attorney and a family. His day party is full of collaborations and special performances. I discovered a few years ago that people travel to Raleigh just to catch this afternoon day party. Often only one or two performers from this traditionally Friday afternoon show make festival appearances. The good news for people connected to the internet is that it is streamed courtesy of WXDU. For a taste of previous parties links below to NYC Taper recordings.
Gunn/Trusinski from Three Lobed sweet sixteen anniversary
Daniel Bachman and Nathan Bowles from the 2014 Hopscotch Day Party
There are many more to explore!
When I ventured away from the city center a few years ago to catch a portion of the Paradise of Bachelors’ day party I had no idea how much I would come to cherish the label and so many of their artists. They have curated a wonderful catalog and collected a lovely bunch of insanely talented and hard working folks. I am looking forward to seeing two of their artists, Gun Outfit and Lavender Country, for the first time, savoring Promised Land Sound and celebrating Nathan Bowles’ genuinely gorgeous new record currently streaming at Stereogum. If I am stuck for something to listen to, feeling uninspired, I either listen to a sampler or hangout on their Soundcloud page. They release so much good music some days it’s hard to keep up.