Throughout the past 40 years, Cat’s Cradle has hosted some of the biggest names in music. While the number of national tours that come through the Cradle is high, Cat’s finds it equally important to support local music.
“It is part of our mission to work with local artists. I’ve found that there are just as many performers that rise out of this area as anywhere,” said owner Frank Heath.
With the venue’s location being so close to campus, co-directors of the ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival, Gabe Chess and Libby Rodenbough, saw Cat’s Cradle as the ideal location for performers Mipso and Chris Eldridge in this year’s second festival.
The addition of a performance at Cat’s Cradle is one of the major changes to this year’s installment of the festival. In 2013, ConvergeNC was a one-day event held at the Belltower Amphitheater on campus. This year, ConvergeNC is split up across three separate days.
Starting today, student acts Clockwork Kids and Eleve will perform for free in front of Morehead Planetarium. Tomorrow, Mipso and Chris Eldridge will perform at the Cradle, and on Saturday, eight different acts will share a bill at the Bell Tower Amphitheater. According to Chess, Cat’s Cradle was a great fit for Friday’s performance because of the venue’s long history.