Raleigh's upcoming Hopscotch Music Festival has announced the topics and participants for its annual series of day panels Sept. 5—7 at the City of Raleigh Museum. The panels include many of the musicians performing at the festival, held at a dozen venues in downtown Raleigh. Each discussion runs from 3—5 p.m., and admission is free. Counter Culture Coffee Company sponsors the series.
Thursday's opener may be the most intriguing of the bunch, bearing the title "For free or for sale: The boon or burden of giving away music on the Internet." Participants include Marnie Stern, Ivan Howard of the Rosebuds, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, Kate Perdoni of Eros and the Eschaton, Eugene Robinson of Sal Mineo and Andrew Martin of Potholes in My Blog. Brian Howe, editor of Duke Performances' blog The Thread, moderates.
Friday, the talk turns to touring with "On the road—again: The realities of touring for a living." Participante include Sam Herring of Future Islands, Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah, Blake Harrison of Pig Destroyer, Dave Hartley of Nightlands, and journalists Marc Masters (Pitchfork.com) and David Menconi (The News & Observer). INDY Week music editor Grayson Currin moderates.
Saturday turns a bit more esoteric with "The hits and the misses: The current and future importance of the full-length album." Participants include Kid Millions of Spiritualized, Seth Olinksy of Cy Dune, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Tim Rutili of Califone, Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. Torres), Drew Daniel of Matmos, Cesar Comanche, and journalist Mark Kemp (formerly of Rolling Stone and Creative Loafing Charlotte). Frequent INDY Week contributor David Klein moderates.
New to the festival this year is SiteWork/Hopscotch, a series of seven visual art projects to be held at indoor and outdoor locations in the Raleigh City Plaza vicinity during the festival. The exhibitors, all of whom are musicians who incorporate sound or music themes in their work, include four Triangle artists—Casey Cook, Harrison Haynes, Lincoln Hancock and Neill Prewitt—as well as New Yorkers Sara Magenheimer and Xaviera Simmons and Japan's Taiyo Kimura. Further details are at siteworknc.com.
[Disclosure: INDY Week music editor Grayson Currin is co-director of Hopscotch.]