Venues, sidewalks and streets overflowed with audiences on Sunday for the 26th annual Carrboro Music Festival, which showcased diverse, local acts at 18 locations across town.
The festival has experienced some setbacks in recent years. It was virtual in 2020 and canceled in 2021. Last year, it returned to in-person venues, but in a limited capacity because of inclement weather.
With no clouds in sight, this year’s lineup featured 100 local acts, spanning a variety of genres.
It kicked off on Saturday night, with a free ticketed performance by Truth Club at Cat’s Cradle, but the festival officially began on Sunday.
Starting at 1 p.m., music could be heard from every corner of downtown Carrboro. Shows began at Armadillo Grill, Weaver Street Market and the Carrboro Town Commons. The doors opened to the Cat’s Cradle Back Room for a hip-hop showcase hosted by Skyblew that lasted from 2-10 p.m.
An app was available to attendees featuring a compiled list of artists and venues, as well as a master schedule showing live performances and their locations.
Shows had staggered starts at each venue and each lasted 45 minutes to an hour, so attendees had no shortage of performances to choose from.
“That’s why I love the Carrboro Music Festival, because there’s such a wide range,” Jody Forehand, an attendee of the Boom Unit Brass Band performance at Weaver Street Market, said. “They’ve got brass bands, indie rock, world music, klezmer – a little bit of everything. Just fantastic.”
A full audience packed into the ArtsCenter’s brand new performance space to hear Eric Sommer and The Fabulous Piedmonts fill the room with their Americana sound, characterized by electric guitar riffs and a bluesy bass.