Even with the music industry at large still gasping for breath, Raleigh's independent-store holdout Schoolkids Records is still hanging in there. The store survived relocation away from Hillsborough Street (displaced by a hotel-building project) to its current Mission Valley digs, and it's marking this summer's 40-year anniversary in major style - with a live-show blowout featuring a terrific lineup playin' real good fo' free on Sunday. Venerable loud/proud rockers Drivin' N Cryin', alternative-rock supergroup The Baseball Project, reconstituted '90s-era twang-soul band Six String Drag and rockers Debonzo Brothers and Hank Sinatra are on the bill at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre, starting at 5 p.m. Sunday. See lincolntheatre.com for details. Baseball Project plays another free show here this weekend, at Saturday's All-Star Block Party outside Durham Bulls Athletic Park as part of the All-Star Fan Fest. That gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday. See durhambulls.com for details.
• Saturday brings the fine and folksy double bill of Loudon Wainwright III and Iris DeMent to Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art, the von Trapps to N.C. Symphony Summerfest at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre and Loamlands to the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
• Sunday, The Band Perry plays Booth, Marc Cohn sings at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, the “American Idol” tour comes to Durham Performing Arts Center and San Diego’s Donkeys play Chapel Hill’s Local 506.
• Denver’s latest hit-maker, The Fray, plays Raleigh’s Red Hat Monday, the same night Jess Klein holds forth at Local 506. Wednesday, Portastatic is this week’s “Music at the Gardens” show at Duke while Deltron 3030 – a supergroup starring Del the Funky Homosapien, producer Dan The Automator and DJ Kid Koala – is at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. On Thursday, New Edition breaks hearts at Red Hat, while Milk Carton Kids play the Carolina.