Local artists from a wide variety of genres will be traveling to town this upcoming weekend for the 26th annual Carrboro Music Festival.
The events begin Saturday, Sept. 30 at Cat’s Cradle for a kickoff concert, and on Sunday, Oct. 1, local artists and venues will be providing free family-friendly entertainment starting at 1:00 pm.
This year, organizers will also be providing free educational workshops on musical elements such as synthesizers, recording, and accordions.
When the festival began in 1998, it was held on June 21 and was known as “Make Music Day,” an affiliate of the global holiday Fête de la Musique.
Initially, it was created as an opportunity for artists and venues to donate their time and provide free entertainment to the Carrboro area. Eventually, the festival was moved to a cooler fall date and separated from “Make Music Day,” but its foundations stayed true.
This year, 100 artists will be performing across 18 venues throughout the town, including Carrboro's own Cat’s Cradle.
The Carrboro Music Festival committee received over 300 band submissions, and J. Galen Poythress, one of the festival organizers, said that a lot of thought and effort went into the planning of the event.
“It’s a really important thing to the people of Carrboro and we want to make sure that we do a good job with it and try to keep it a very special and well done event,” Poythress said.
He, along with the rest of the Carrboro Music Festival committee, have been working tirelessly to ensure that the community receives the festival that is so beloved to them.