On Saturday afternoon, music, donations and a rivalry came together at Cat’s Cradle.
In celebration of the UNC/Duke game, Cat’s Cradle hosted a watch party in between concerts. They partnered with Chapel Hill-Carrboro nonprofit TABLE and were sponsored by Carolina Brewery to bring together five bands.
Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, Sinners & Saints and Happy Abandon played before the game. The party then moved to main room where the game was shown on a large projector screen. After the game, there were performances by Chit Nasty Band and The Grand Shell Game.
While the event was focused on the UNC/Duke game, the real purpose was for charity. Attendees had the option of paying a $5 admission fee or bringing in two nonperishable food items to donate. All proceeds went to TABLE.
The partnership with TABLE for the event was a factor that drew in both bands and attendees.
“I read up on TABLE, and I was really impressed with their mission and what they seem to be doing,” said Eric-Scott Guthrie, player in The Grand Shell Game and an organizer of the event.
Guthrie reached out to the local band network and invited them to play for the event.
“It’s always fun to play, but if there’s a benefit or charity involved it’s a bonus,” said Perry Fowler, band member in Sinners & Saints.
TABLE began in 2008 with the mission to provide healthy food to hungry children and promote hunger awareness in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. The number of children TABLE feeds each week has grown from 12 in 2008 to over 500 in 2015.
Courtney Dennis, a junior at UNC, said the event allowed attendees to be around a lot of people without spending a lot of money.
“I saw it was just two cans to enter, and it was for a good cause but also a chill environment because I didn’t feel like bar hopping,” she said.
In the midst of rivalry, Guthrie said there was charity.
“Nothing really speaks higher to Chapel Hill than great music, great basketball and great beer,” he said.
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