No matter which side of House Bill 2 you stand on, it’s hard to disagree with the the proposition that the controversy over North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law” has been a gigantic drag - leaving a wave of canceled concerts, sporting events and business relocations in its wake. Locally, however, HB2 has inspired a lot of North Carolina musicians to put on benefit shows for groups lobbying to overturn the law. One of the biggest happens Sunday, “Stand Against HB2,” featuring an A-list lineup of stars through the years -- Love Language, dB’s, The Veldt, Tres Chicas, the reunited Fabulous Knobs, 6 String Drag and a bunch more.
The music starts at noon Sunday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle and tickets are $15-$20. See catscradle.com for details.
- Friday brings newly minted Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan back to Durham Performing Arts Center, Wild Fur to the Cradle Back Room and Raleigh Music Festival to PNC Arena with an R&B lineup of Keith Sweat, Mint Condition and Jodeci’s K-Ci and JoJo.
- Valient Thorr plays Slim’s in Raleigh on Sunday, the same night Weyes Blood is at Kings.
- Andrew W.K. brings a speaking tour titled “The Power of Partying” to the Carrboro ArtsCenter on Tuesday (election night!), and Quintron and Miss Pussycat haunt Durham’s Pinhook on Wednesday.
- Thursday has dueling great guitarists, Eric Johnson at the Carolina and Tab Benoit at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.