Cat's Cradle to hold free Block Party

From Staff ReportsApril 5, 2013 

  • Hunger Relief Tie-in

    May 5 will be a busy day in Carrboro. In addition to the Carrboro Block Party, the town will celebrate Carrboro Day and local hunger-relief program Farmer Foodshare will mark its fourth anniversary.

    Since its founding in 2009 by farmers and volunteers at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, farmers, shoppers and volunteers at 13 farmers markets in the Triangle, Cleveland and Mecklenburg County Farmer Foodshare donation stations have collected over 64 tons of locally raised fresh food for agencies that serve the hungry.

    Farmer Foodshare will be selling a limited edition Lost in the Trees T-shirt at the Block Party with all proceeds going to connecting people at risk of hunger and malnutrition with fresh produce from local farms.

— On Sunday, May 5, Cat’s Cradle will present Carrboro Block Party, a free concert in its parking lot at 300 E. Main St. featuring Lost in the Trees, The Love Language, and Loamlands.

In addition to the main stage entertainment, the community festival will include additional live music inside Cat’s Cradle and The ArtsCenter, food trucks, beer and fun. The gates open at 4 p.m. and the music begins at 4:30 p.m.

While the event is free to the general public, vouchers guaranteeing entry will be available starting Tuesday at carrboroblockparty.com. There is a limit of two vouchers per person and the voucher guarantees entry to its holder before 6 p.m.

Carrboro Block Party features some of the areas most popular and critically acclaimed bands. Lost in the Trees will conclude a short Northeast tour with the show and are soon heading into the studio to record their fourth album. The Love Language will release their second record on Merge in 2013 and the newly formed Loamlands features members of Midtown Dickens and Megafaun.

In addition to music on the main stage, Carrboro Block Party will feature a stage sponsored by ReverbNation inside Cat’s Cradle. Local artists are encouraged to submit their music for consideration on ReverbNation.com at bit.ly/YLSLII and two acts will be chosen to perform by Cat’s Cradle and Trekky Records representatives. The ArtsCenter will also feature music in its West End Theater during the festival.

Festival-goers will enjoy local beer from Carolina Brewery and food provided by local food trucks and area restaurants. Local non-profit Farmer Foodshare will be on-site celebrating its fourth anniversary. (See box.)

Carrboro Block Party is sponsored by Carolina Brewery, ReverbNation, Town of Carrboro, Fifth Season Gardening Co., Shuffle Magazine, The ArtsCenter, Milltown, The Splinter Group and Trekky Records.

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