The Fresh Catch Raleigh Festival, taking place June 20, is as much about local food as it is about music. And with seven bands playing over eight hours, there’s plenty on the menu for music lovers. Besides, if you’re gonna dance, you gotta eat.
In addition to everything from roots rock to funk and reggae, Fresh Catch will offer seafood, barbecue, craft beer and more from local restaurants and food trucks, plus an artists’ market featuring the Big Print Street Party. The big print portion of the art fair uses sheets of plywood etched by local artists, ink and a paving roller to create monochromatic prints on canvas.
The bands scheduled to play are Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band (roots rock), Dark Water Rising (rock and soul), Ironing Board Sam (blues), Crucial Fiya (reggae), The Dye Wells (blues, funk and rock), Young Cardinals (rock) and Chit Nasty (funk, soul, rock).
The festival is 1-9 p.m. at Moore Square (200 S. Blount St.). Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the festival. Buying food or drinks requires the purchase of nonrefundable “Big Bucks.” Info: ncfreshcatch.com.
Other June festivals
▪ This Saturday, the Millstock Art & Music Festival will present five bands, food trucks and art, including a sidewalk chalk art contest, in downtown Clayton. In its 15th year, this free festival features a folk-heavy lineup that includes Durham’s Bombadil, singer-songwriter David Childers, Rebekah Todd and the alternative blues rock band Barren Graves. The street festival takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Horne Square (East Main and North Lombard streets). Bands begin to play about noon. Info: nando.com/1by.
▪ Farther out this month, June 26-28, the State Annual Singing Convention in Benson, sometimes known as the Benson Sing, presents its 95th year of Southern gospel competitions. About 50 amateur, semiprofessional and professional groups are expected to compete in eight categories. Six of last year’s winners return to perform that Friday beginning at 7 p.m.; Gold City and the Adoration Quartet perform Saturday evening after a round-robin competition beginning at 10 a.m.; and competition resumes at 10 a.m. Sunday. It’s free in the Singing Grove downtown (400 E. Main St.). Info: gospelsingingconvention.org.
▪ Looking ahead toward the Fourth of July weekend, the Norris Creek Pig Pickin’ Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in Louisburg will present 14 bands Thursday through Saturday, July 2-4, including Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Balsam Range, the Hogslop Band, The Roys, Adkins & Loudermilk, and Little Roy & Lizzie. The weekend also includes a barbecue cook-off and sales. Onsite camping will be available. A three-day pass is $75 in advance and $95 at the gate; daily tickets are $30 and $35 (Saturday), and $40 and $45 at the gate. Children younger than 12 get in free, and VIP passes with preferred seating and parking and more are available. Info: norriscreekpigpickin.com.
Get more information about these and 19 more June music festivals across the state at Carolina Music Festivals, carolinamusicfests.com.