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STAFF WRITERApril 24, 2009 

  • Speaking of anniversaries, Slim's Downtown Distillery has been in its Wilmington Street space in downtown Raleigh since 1999, and this weekend marks the 10-year anniversary. So they're bringing back the first band ever to play there: roots-rock supergroup the Yayhoos, who broke in the stage when the club opened as the Lakeside Lounge in April 1999. They'll blow it out on Saturday. Also as part of the anniversary festivities, ex-Backslider Chip Robinson's Vibekillers play tonight.

    Elsewhere: Rosebuds and Midtown Dickens play Durham's Golden Belt tonight in a benefit for Durham Arts Council; Raleigh Charter High School's annual Sustain Roots Music Benefit for the Music Maker Relief Foundation happens tonight at Raleigh's Longview Center, with Piedmont blues giants John Dee Holeman and George Higgs; Bull City, Filthybird and Auxiliary House are among the ace acts playing Chapel Hill's Local 506 Saturday to mark the release of the latest volume of the "Compulation" series; Cary's Booth Amphitheatre cranks up its 2009 season with George Jones on Saturday and Kings of Leon on Tuesday; venerable alternative-rock-circuit stars Dinosaur Jr. and Mike Watt play the Cradle on Monday; Tar Heel pop legend Don Dixon is at Raleigh's Berkeley Cafe on Tuesday; and Thursday brings the mighty Valient Thorr back home to play Local 506.

Merge Records has been getting all the attention this year for its upcoming 20-year-anniversary shows.

But long before Merge became a top-10 chart fixture, Mammoth Records was the Triangle's most prominent label, scoring acclaim and platinum hits with the likes of Squirrel Nut Zippers and Seven Mary Three.

Mammoth has been gone for almost a decade now, but this weekend brings a reunion -- a 21-year anniversary show at Cat's Cradle, right across Main Street from Mammoth's old offices in Carrboro.

Katharine Whalen from the Zippers, ex-Blake Baby John Strohm, Seven Mary Three's Jason Ross and Thomas Juliano and Dillon Fence are among those playing the Cradle on Saturday, for an audience that will include lots of familiar faces back in town for the occasion.

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