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August 21, 2014

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Chris Stamey is bringing another all-star show to the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, featuring Tift Merritt, Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, the Connells, Skylar Gudasz and members of R.E.M., Jayhawks and The Old Ceremony.

For the past few years, Chris Stamey has spent a great deal of time and energy in a curatorial role, bringing the beloved cult band Big Star’s music back to life with orchestrated performances of the group’s 1978 underground classic album “Sister Lovers.” After taking the show all over the world, Stamey is bringing it back to where it debuted in 2010, Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, for another all-star go-round Friday night. Tift Merritt, Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, the Connells, Skylar Gudasz and members of R.E.M., Jayhawks and The Old Ceremony are among the featured guests; and as an added bonus, they’ll play Big Star’s 1972 masterpiece “#1 Record” as well as “Sister Lovers.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday and tickets are $20. See catscradle.com for details.

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