Artists near and far have traveled to downtown Raleigh for the 13th annual Hopscotch Music Festival, which advertises itself as an even larger and better experience than previous years.
The three-day festival began Thursday and runs through Sunday with a lineup of 117 musical artists such as Denzel Curry, Japanese Breakfast and Alvvays, along with five comedians.
The addition of comedians to Hopscotch is the first in the festival’s history and includes Saturday Night Live’s Sarah Sherman and locals like Devon Roberts.
Roberts is a stand-up comedian based out of Raleigh who is often featured at Goodnights Comedy Club and Raleigh Improv. She has been an attendee at Hopscotch every year and is excited about the addition of comedy acts, she said.
“It really goes to show how strong the Triangle comedy scene is, that there was a foundation to be able to add this to the Hopscotch lineup because it just shows how much people who live here want to see stand-up comedy,” Roberts said.
Roberts said she hopes attendees will laugh when she takes the stage on Thursday at the Lincoln Theatre, but that they can expect her to be whimsical and dark.
Also on the Thursday lineup is Durham-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Skylar Gudasz, who will perform at Transfer Co. Food Hall. She describes her music as indie rock with a folk bent that stresses lyrics and has '60s-influenced sonic textures.
Gudasz garners her inspiration from the natural world, old movies and her friends, she said. Her background in theater and acting is reflected in her shows.
“Live performance is really fun and exciting for me, and I like to bring a theatrical element to my live performances,” she said.