Carrboro-based Dwarf Star Studios will present three local bands in a monthly virtual concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free show will have most bands stream in from remote locations, with one using the Cat’s Cradle in Carborro as a performing space.
The Unsustainables, Fat Bastard Blues Band and Harbors will all participate in the virtual concert, with sounds ranging from ska to the blues and alternative music. While Fat Bastards Blues Band and Harbors will be playing from their own remote places, The Unsustainables will be utilizing the Cat’s Cradle as a performance space.
The series is meant to showcase rising local bands and musicians. John May, the owner of Dwarf Star Studios, said that streaming has opened doors for a number of bands that are looking to explore and increase the quality of virtual shows with in-person limitations.
“Throughout this six months, seven months, I've actually made more relationships with bands than in the previous two years before that,” May said. “COVID has kind of closed some doors with in-person stuff, but it also opened up some other doors with people reaching out further than they might normally be reaching out to try to find opportunities.”
Although the series is free to stream, audience members are able to give tips that the bands split up at the end of the performances.
“This series is to benefit the bands themselves,” May said. ”Whereas some of the previous stuff I've done has been to benefit causes or venues or that kind of thing.”
By using Cat’s Cradle, The Unsustainables said that they are hoping to have an improvement in their sound by having access to a fully rigged stage.
“Cat's Cradle is such a sacred place for the music scene for Carborro, for Chapel Hill and just have the opportunity to play at The Cradle, and to support The Cradle as well,” William Vizuete, bass player for The Unsustainables, said.
While The Unsustainables will be playing to an empty room, Vizuete said that it means a lot to the band to promote the venue.