Bands will rock Raleigh at weekend festival, marathon

bcain@newsobserver.comApril 10, 2014 

— There’s a lot to keep music fans busy in Raleigh this weekend. The Live and Local Hillsborough Street festival on Saturday features all-day music at 11 venues, while the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday has 29 bands and starts when the race begins.

In its second year, the Live and Local event has a “buy local” mission and showcases local businesses and mostly local acts. Only three of the 25 performers are from outside North Carolina, said event director David Dean. Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough Street business improvement district.

The main concerts in venues along Hillsborough Street begin at 3 p.m. Saturday with Morning Brigade, Star Studies, Laura Thurston and Chuck Champion. The evening headliners are The Pedro Martinez Group, the Jeanne Jolly Trio and Peak City Sound. There’s also music from I Was Totally Destroying It, Nick Driver Band, Rob Alford and many others.

If you don’t want to wait till 3 to start the party, a satellite celebration at Carter-Finley Stadium kicks off at 9 a.m. with a barbecue contest, a cornhole tournament, Junior Wolfpack Club Fun Zone, music by Doug Clark’s Hot Nuts and then the Kay Yow Spring Game at 1 p.m.

And for those wanting to inject a little physical fitness into their day of rock, the Alexander Y will hold a group fitness class called “Rock the Clock” on the Horne Street stage at 4:15 p.m.

For a full list of bands, venues and show times, visit hillsboroughstreet.org.

On Sunday, the rock ’n’ roll begins early with the start of the marathon. Bands perform all along the race course, ending with New Politics on the Red Hat Amphitheater stage at 10:30 a.m. Old Habits plays at noon. More at runrocknroll.competitor.com/raleigh.

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