Independence Day fireworks
Fire department-approved venues—Two hundred and thirty-three years after a group of men declared that all men are created equal, that promise is closer to being upheld as we celebrate our Independence Day with a black president. To celebrate this transformative era—one that the Madisons and Franklins and Jeffersons couldn't have foreseen—several venues hold fireworks displays tonight:
- CARY: Koka Booth Amphitheatre offers plenty of family enjoyment from 3-7 p.m. with a $2 Fun Zone, an ice-cream-eating contest and the town band. The N.C. Symphony plays a free show at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks. For more info, visit boothamphitheatre.com.
- RALEIGH: The N.C. State Fairgrounds boasts free fun (and free parking) beginning at 5 p.m., including a giant obstacle course in Dorton Arena, a scavenger hunt, bingo and Wii games. The grand-scale fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Visit www.ncstatefair.org for more info.
- CHAPEL HILL: At Kenan Memorial Stadium, catch Johnny White & the Elite Band performing Motown, Top 40, Carolina beach music and more at 8 p.m., then fireworks at 9:30. Visit tinyurl.com/m5zhzm for more info.
- DURHAM: While John Brown & the Groove Shop Band perform in the free Music on the Lawn series at American Tobacco Campus at 5:30 p.m., USA Baseball plays against Guatemala at 6:05 p.m. (tickets required) at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where fireworks will light up the night postgame. Visit www.lightupdurham.org for details.
Let Feedback Ring
Sadlack's—As any revolutionary worth the appellate could attest, the best ideas oftentimes come from the worst circumstances: Slow global shipping led to delicious India Pale Ales; colonial oppression begot the American Revolution; and Raleigh filling its marquee downtown music series, Bud Light Presents Raleigh Downtown Live, with '90s throwaways results in Let Feedback Ring. Tired of seeing the summer spoils of outdoor music go to Candlebox and their ilk, local guitarist Corbie Hall decided to recruit nine local and regional acts to play a shaded outdoor stage for donations between weekends of Downtown Live nostalgia. Ostensibly an agitator who's unafraid of the not-so-subtle metaphor, Hill chose Independence Day for the party and "Let Feedback Ring" for the titular pun. And, yes, there will be feedback—reflecting off the shimmering codas of epic instrumentalists Goodbye, Titan (headlining at 9 p.m.) or rippling through the brazen marathons of Greensboro's IRATA (8 p.m.). A 3 p.m. set by Blag'ard will gnaw the leather off an old punk's jacket and spit it back into the microphone, and Durham's excellent Free Electric State (6 p.m.) overloads pop hooks with swirling tones and relentless rhythms. When the show ends at 10 p.m., Hill recommends everyone go down to Moore Square Park, just not to protest: Red Collar, The Demon Beat and Caverns play Tir Na Nog at 9:30 p.m. That show is also free. Let Feedback Ring starts at 2 p.m. Visit www.myspace.com/letfeedbackring. —Grayson Currin
Music on the Fourth
Trianglewide—Options for scoring your Independence Day holiday abound: Holy Ghost Tent Revival's horns-and-banjo-fueled tour de Americana plays like a rollicking, raging ragtime sideshow, pulling into Saxapahaw Rivermill for a free performance at 6 p.m. They'll get you moving. Blue Marble Beat will put your dancing shoes to work, too, with wide-ranging party jams that meld hip-hop, reggae and jazz into a smooth blend. They'll hit the stage at Slim's around 10 p.m., with a $5 cover. Over in Chapel Hill, the Wizzerds of Rhyme and fellow Cape & Chalice artist The Club hold court at Nightlight. Besides your daily dose of avant-hop, the $3 cover also includes entrance to a ping-pong tournament (starting at 5 p.m.) and a spoof-patriotism art show. For more musical entertainment for your Fourth, including the 30th annual Festival for the Eno and the eighth annual Evil Wiener Weiner Roast at The Cave, see "Let Feedback Ring" above, Hearing Aid and our Music Calendar. —Spencer Griffith