When: Sun., July 26, 2:30 p.m. 2015
FUTURE ISLANDS 1000
CARRBORO TOWN COMMONS, CARRBORO
SUNDAY, JULY 26
In January 2004, when they were still known as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits, the soon-to-be members of Future Islands played the Cat's Cradle for the first time. It was an humble afternoon set, a "Sunday showcase" where they had to sell their own tickets and hope friends and family arrived on time. Before the show, frontman Sam Herring dislocated his knee in the parking lot, when a pal's car rolled over his leg. Rather than cancel, they actually went harder, with Herring jumping into the small crowd to distract himself (and the attendees) from the pain. From a relocation to Baltimore and record deals with Thrill Jockey and 4AD to becoming David Letterman's favorite new band and the legitimate international fame that followed, a lot has changed for Herring, Gerrit Welmers and William Cashion since that small start. But their commitment to showmanship has never wavered or faltered, a quality that's made their concerts unforgettable, big-tent-revival spectacles. They'll play their 1000th gig outside in Carrboro, backed by an incredible bill of friends from Baltimore, Raleigh, their college grounds of Greenville and the road at large—electronic pied piper Dan Deacon, infectious rapper Danny Brown, no wave bashers Ed Schrader's Music Beat and local favorites Valient Thorr and Lonnie Walker. Expect, as always, an incredible show.—Grayson Haver Currin2:30 p.m.