When: Sat., Aug. 13, 3 p.m. 2011
As it so often goes with the best things, TRKfest was never meant to be a thing. That is, four years ago, the little Orange County record label of friends and friends' bands, Trekky, simply needed some money to push things forward. As it turns out, their little party outdoors at Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro raised not only cash but also the label's benevolent profile, taking what several folks had known—Trekky was releasing records for all the right reasons—and manifesting that as a one-day, endless-smiles concert.
Now, in its fourth year, TRKfest finds its host in the midst of an enviable hot streak, having successfully launched Lost in the Trees to one of the biggest indie labels in the land and having snagged releases by Midtown Dickens, Brice Randall Bickford and Megafaun's Phil Cook. Indeed, Trekky has never been better, and the lineup for TRKfest reflects that. Not only do some of the label's longtime staples, like Embarrassing Fruits and Butterflies, share the old wooden stage, but several of the area's top-ticket acts, from Bowerbirds and Ryan Gustafson to Mount Moriah and the aforementioned Midtown Dickens, all squeeze into the $10 bill.
One of the most appealing aspects of TRKfest, though, is that the music is only a piece of the temporary community the label builds: There will be free haircuts, local food and beverages, sack races, tie-dye stations, a cake walk and, of course, the comfy confines of the Trekky Bliss Tent. There are few better ways to spend a summer's day in North Carolina. —Grayson Currin