A Chapel Hill institution focusing on music's oddball fringe, the Nightlight presents a sort of "this is your venue too" message to people who see shows there. Donations will help to fund a new website as well as improvements and maintenance for the tile-floored room at the end of an alley off Rosemary Street. Whereas Durham's venerable Pinhook is crowdsourcing its new PA through the popular Kickstarter site, the Nightlight takes a more traditional direction with this dinner-and-a-show fundraiser.
Ryan Gustafson, Skylar Gudasz, Slingshot Cash and the Gmish Klezmer Band will perform, with Nightlight employee and Last Year's Men bassist Montgomery Morris pulling DJ duty. Gudasz' rich, mature songwriting matches nicely with her country-folk backing band, the Ugly Girls. Slingshot Cash takes a more sparse approach to similar influences. Gustafson eases along with spacious and warm, yet bittersweet Americana; he also contributed to a new mural helping to decorate the venue. Dinner runs 5–9 p.m., followed by the music; plates cost $10–$20, with vegan to carnivorous options provided by local farms and caterers, plus beer by Durham's Fullsteam brewery. —Corbie Hill