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From vinyl to streaming, Yep Roc celebrates 20 years as a record label

Yep Roc 20 kicks off this weekend to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Grammy-winning independent label – a tumultuous period that has seen the record industry’s currency go from discs to downloads to streams.

YR20 started Thursday with a sold-out show featuring Nick Lowe, Tift Merritt and Grant-Lee Phillips.

But more is set in Carrboro at the Cat’s Cradle and Yep Roc’s hometown of Hillsborough. 

The Americana-heavy lineup includes Nick Lowe of “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” fame, “Rainy Night in Georgia” composer Tony Joe White and venerable party masters the Fleshtones.

To get into the spirit, Mystery Brewing Co., based in Hillsborough, has created a special Yep Roc 20 beer, which will join several local food vendors.

If you can't make it, UNC-TV is live-streaming Saturday's events at noon at  unc.tv/yr20.

Check on ticket details here.

Yep Roc 20 Schedule

Yep Roc Records is celebrating 20 years this weekend. For details and ticket info, go to yeproc.com/yr20.

Friday, Oct. 20

Cat's Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50.

Artists: Nick Lowe, Josh Rouse, Los Straitjackets, Eli Paperboy Reed, Darren Hanlon Alejandro Escovedo

Saturday, Oct. 21

River Park, 140 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough.

Doors open at 11 a.m. Show is a 12 noon.

Admission is free.

Artists: Mandolin Orange, Jim Lauderdale, The Stray Birds, Kim Richey, Tony Joe White

Cat's Cradle

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50.

Artists: Jeremy & The Harlequins, Dressy Bessy, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express, The Fleshtones