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Kelley & the Cowboys - PHOTO BY BRIAN VETTER

Chapel Hill
Elvisfest

Holiday Inn—Ceiling shag may never catch on, but much about the King endures, as evidenced by the Triangle's 12th annual Elvisfest. The brainchild of Heavy Rebel Weekend co-founder Dave Quick, it's in its third year at the Chapel Hill Time Out/ Holiday Inn, and this year's 20-band, two-day extravaganza has a strong local flavor.

The party begins Friday, highlighted by local faves including Taz Halloween's torch-country combo Kitty Box and The Johnnies, Greensboro's rockabilly demons The Tremors, John Howie Jr.'s honky-tonk ache, and Quick's own Elvis- and Sun Records-inspired cover act, TCB '56.

If Friday leans toward traditional country, then Saturday is its muscular, name-taking steroidal brother. Things get off to a nice start today with the New Town Drunks' swinging Latin/ Americana and Gojira-X's psychobilly strut. The evening culminates with Asheville's garage-twanging Mad Tea Party, the trad country/ western swing of Kelley & the Cowboys, Oklahoma's garage-punkabilly Elvisfest regulars Billy Joe Winghead, and Truckstop Preachers' bluegrass-tinged Bakersfield bite.

While the styles cross the spectrum, every set features at least a couple of Elvis covers. BJ Winghead puts on a helluva show, which they'll reprise Sunday at the Reservoir with our area's one-man garage-psych answer to Hasil Adkins, Pinche Gringo, opening. The combo could prove explosive. Elvisfest is $12 and begins at 8 p.m. both nights. See elvisfest.loserville.net. —Chris Parker


Raleigh
The Art Hour

Cameron Village Regional Library—Give your children a new appreciation for art and the world around them: The library and the North Carolina Museum of Art present stories and a hands-on art activity exploring how found objects and pastels are used in picture books. This free event runs 2-3 p.m. and is recommended for families with children ages 4 and up. Call 856-6723 to register. —Zack Smith

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