Melodies and raspy voices floated through the streets of Carrboro on Sunday. The hum of people chattering excitedly accompanied the music as everyone eagerly walked to see the next big performance.
The Carrboro Music Festival was held for the 20th time this weekend. The amount of pure talent felt on the streets and in the venues was at the caliber of shimmering brilliance. Young, old or canine, the masses came out to support the bands and singer-songwriters dotted around 29 different locations along Weaver, Rosemary and Main streets in downtown Carrboro.
This was my first time attending any type of music festival and the town of Carrboro welcomed me with open arms. I saw three performances at The Station, located on the Main Street side of the train tracks. The bar was like a hybrid of an old saloon and underground garage band practice space — not to mention the actual caboose that was parked outside the place.
The stage was surrounded by different band and festival posters, literally encasing each performer in a bubble of music and performance. I’ve never been to the bar without someone on stage, but I feel like it may seem a bit empty without a presence standing on the raised wood flooring. I thoroughly enjoyed the overall energy of the establishment and felt like I could relax knowing there’s good music to listen to and a cozy little nook to sit in.
The first band that I saw perform was Honey Magpie, and when I say I went into a nice, comfy zen-like state, I’m not lying. The voices of this indie/folk band probably could have lulled me to sleep if I hadn’t been so bewitched by their lyrics. The sound reminded me a bit of the song "Emmylou" by the indie folk band First Aid Kit. The band consists of Rachael Hurwitz (guitar, piano), Pippa Hoover (cello), Kati Moore (violin) and Joe Ristaino (drums, mandolin). Hurwitz’s, Hoover’s and Moore’s voices blended beautifully as they sang through their set.
“It’s really hard to find a show where people are just totally paying attention,” Hurwitz said. “I felt like at this show people were just super attentive and that was really nice.”
The band also gave advice to young artists wishing to break into the music scene.
“The music scene in Carrboro and Durham is very supportive.” Hurwitz said. “Going out to shows, doing open mics is a good way to go.”
Honey Magpie is going on tour to promote their debut album. They’ll be performing in Carrboro at Steele String Brewery on Oct. 8. The band is going as far west as Knoxville, Tenn.