When: Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. 2011
"There's not going to be a live band in a corner and there's not going to be a pass-the-hat and there's not going to be a Scrabble competition or whatever," says Trish Mesigian, owner and operator of the Orange County Social Club. "There's just great bartenders, well-poured drinks, great music and a place to sit and meet with your friends—and that's why I opened this place."
The Orange County Social Club opened 10 years ago this fall, and to celebrate a decade of being a Carrboro artists' haven on any given evening, the crew at OCSC has organized a two-night extravaganza of live music just down the street at Cat's Cradle. Friday features Benji Hughes, The Ghost of Rock, The Toddlers, David Bazan and The Dogwoods (an ensemble of local roots musicians). Saturday kicks off with Gross Ghost, then Crooked Fingers and Kerbloki before closing with Seven Brides for the Meatwagon, Superchunk vets Jon Wurster and Jim Wilbur's buzz-bin comic-rock outfit.
"Hosting this big event is really, really challenging and fun," says Mesigian, who says the concerts are just another way to "promote people that come here and help keep this business alive." The more she talks, the clearer it is that the key to OCSC is the sense of community behind her storefront. It's a concept perhaps best exemplified by the fact that of the bar's nine current employees, four have been on staff since the first six months of OCSC's decade-long run. "Over the last 10 years," says Mesigian, "I haven't been surprised much, because I really don't strive to own a business and a home in a town that I don't love. It's just an amazing community. I just can't say enough. It's a small town, but it's got big ideas." And at least two big shows on the horizon. $10 single night, $18 two-night pass/ 8 p.m. —Ashley Melzer