My Sister Maura, an Raleigh based band and self-described “indie shoegaze outfit,” has played at Neptunes Parlour before, but never in front of an at-capacity crowd.
That changed on Friday, when the band played its “most fun show ever” — a packed-in club performance at Raleigh’s annual Hopscotch Music Festival.
“That’s kind of the point of Hopscotch, giving smaller artists like us larger audiences,” band member Elijah Hall said. “That’s the biggest audience we’ve played to before, so it was really cool.”
Pavement, Denzel Curry and Japanese Breakfast headlined the 13th installation of the quirky and eclectic Hopscotch Music Festival — a three-night event that flooded downtown Raleigh with local music, comedy, skating and even a range of activities for families.
New additions included a night of comedy centered around Lincoln Theater on Thursday night, as well as a skating attraction organized by Skate Raleigh.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Hopscotch was, as Hall noted, its ability to highlight and center local acts amidst its lineup of national artists. Outside of the Moore Square and City Plaza stages, local venues — Lincoln Theatre, The Pour House, Kings, Transfer Co. Food Hall, Nash Hall, Wicked Witch, Neptunes Parlour and Slim's — hosted smaller bands and musicians in several late-night performances running between 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.
Dan Irving and Ian Jones of post-punk band Black Bouquet are both from Raleigh and have attended several Hopscotch festivals in the past. This fall, they performed as part of the lineup for the first time — one of several local acts that were added to the bill this year — after the band’s violist Laura Mooney reached out to a representative that was booking for the festival.