When: March 27-28 2015
CONVERGENC & BRICKSIDE FESTIVAL
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 & SATURDAY, MARCH 28
140 WEST FRANKLIN PLAZA & DUKE COFFEEHOUSE—UNC and Duke party differently, don't they? On this first weekend after the start of spring, both schools throw miniature music festivals that seem to reflect the relative access and largesse of the region's big private institution and (arguably) the country's first public university.
Cosponsored by Duke Coffeehouse and WXDU 88.7 FM, Duke's Brickside Festival returns with a stellar lineup. The roster stretches from a diverse set of locals—the lithe stoner metal of Solas Halos, the personal rumination of Des Ark, the ebullient hip-hop of Kooley High—to an equally impressive group of touring acts. Dan Deacon headlines with his electronic party-starting, while Julianna Barwick offers her mesmerizing vocal approach. Jeffrey Lewis makes knotty, wry folk, while Baths render electropop as a beautiful, confessional outlet. But good luck getting in; tickets for the postage-stamp-sized Duke Coffeehouse were sold earlier this week, onsite only. At least they're having a free outdoor portion with vendors, student bands and a mechanical bull ...
But UNC attempts to get all-encompassing for the third iteration of its ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival. Organizers have elected to move it off campus and onto Franklin Street, with hopes of opening up attendance and increasing community interaction. Ryan Gustafson will lead an expanded, all-star version of his band, The Dead Tongues, in the headlining slot, while The Suffers, a 10-piece soul party from Houston, take the other end of the bill. So long as the rain holds off, you should be able to get "in" just fine. ConvergeNC: Friday, March 27, 6 p.m., free, 140 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, www.facebook.com/Convergencfest. Brickside Festival: 2 p.m., $10–$15, 106 Epworth Ln., Durham, www.facebook.com/dukecoffeehouse. —Grayson Haver Currin