Wednesday, March 21, 2012

RaleighPalooza 2012 Taking Shape

Music festivals are always fun.  SXSW is just wrapping up, but that's hardly the only game in town.  (By town, I of course mean country, but that phrase didn't roll off the tongue quite as well.)  The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has a long tradition of a solid music scene: Ben Folds has his music career roots in Chapel Hill, Bon Iver and Megafaun are both well-associated with the area, and on any given night great shows can be seen at Cat's Cradle, Local 506, or a number of other venues.  Each year, the Independent Weekly sponsors Hopscotch in Raleigh, which has been featured in Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine and has drawn such names as Broken Social Scene, Lost in the Trees, and The Flaming Lips.

So, yeah.  Kinda a big deal.

While not the same size as SXSW or even Hopscotch, if you're in the Triangle and need your music festival fix soon, look no further than RaleighPalooza.  The event takes place on May 5th around the Raleigh Convention Center.  The lineup has been revealed over the past few days, and while your mileage may vary, you can't argue with bands like The Early November, The Ready Set, Forever the Sickest Kids, and As Cities Burn.  They're not the biggest groups around, but they have established followings and have made names for themselves in recent years.  And when you consider that this is a smaller event - heck, it isn't even the biggest music festival in this city - it's impressive that RaleighPalooza was able to get this kind of draw.

Check out their website to see the full lineup and purchase tickets, as well as to get more detailed information on the event.  No one's ever complained about too much music, so if you need a nice way to spend a Spring weekend in an award-winning city, RaleighPalooza might be right up your alley.

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