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Rock Picks: The Love Language and more at N.C. State Fair

Stuart McLamb of The Love Language will play Friday night at the State Fair.
Stuart McLamb of The Love Language will play Friday night at the State Fair.

The first “Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series” wraps up at the State Fair this weekend, with plenty of notables both indoors at Dorton Arena and outdoors at the Waterfall Stage. Weekend highlights include Friday night’s Dorton bill of The Love Language’s heartbreak epics with Merge Records labelmates Spider Bags; country singer Kasey Tyndall, a Greenville native and recent Nashville transplant, opening for Charlie Daniels at Dorton on Saturday.

Saturday’s Waterfall Stage acts including Chapel Hill indie-rockers Hammer No More the Fingers, The Beast’s hip-hop jazz and blue-collar Raleigh rockers the Backsliders. And Sunday’s Waterfall star turn by ’70s “yacht rock” cover band the Wusses. It’s all free, and the complete schedule is at ncstatefair.org/2015/Attractions/Music.htm.

Other highlights

  • Friday’s options include rising Americana singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, and cello ensemble Rasputina at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.
  • Saturday night brings a show to the Cradle in which the old-timers will show the kids how it’s done. That would be Bandway and Pipe, two venerable bands that nevertheless remain defiantly loud and snotty. Ten bucks gets you in and the music starts at 9:30. Details at catscradle.com.
  • Also Saturday, zydeco bluesman Mel Melton plays Durham’s Blue Note Grill.
  • Sunday brings rocking soul man Mike Farris to the Carolina, folk-rock trio Stray Birds to the Cradle Back Room and Philadelphia’s Beach Slang to Neptunes in Raleigh.
  • Monday night in Durham, choose between long-lived UK reggae band UB40 at the Carolina, or Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’s farewell tour at Durham Performing Arts Center.
  • Genre-bending performance artist Peaches holds forth at the main-room Cradle Wednesday, while country singer Nikki Lane plays the Cradle Back Room the same night. And Turnpike Troubadours roll into Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Thursday.