July 2024: local MUSIC spotlight


By Gary A. Miller

CARRBOROSummer is shaping up to give us some terrific local music here in southern Orange County. Below are three of the shows we are excited about for July 2024 (you can explore more options by clicking on the local venue calendars linked below):

Organ Failure

July 12, 9:30 p.m. at Speakeasy

Speakeasy in Carrboro is not the most consistent venue as it comes to hosting live music–they often have a DJ or karaoke nights. However, on July 12 the venue is hosting the local group Organ Failure, a terrific organ trio composed of Matthew Everington, Robert Sledge, and Will Kitchin, occasionally expanding to include a guitarist as well. If you’re not familiar with the history and traditions of organ trios since the 1950s, you should expect an evening of soulful, groove-oriented instrumental music that pulls from jazz, R&B, and early rock. It is always a toe-tapping, head-bopping good time.

Bicycle Face, Evil Weiner, and Teeth of England

July 13, 8 p.m. at The Cat’s Cradle Back Room

You’d be forgiven for glancing at your calendar to check the year when you see an entry for Evil Weiner opening for Bicycle Face at the Cradle’s Back Room. But, if you didn’t have a chance to experience them 30+ years ago, you probably shouldn’t miss the opportunity to do so in 2024! Bicycle Face, hailing from Greensboro, initially existed from 1988 until 1994, spreading a somewhat angular garage-/post-punk feel to all the usual haunts of the day.  Now they are back and are bringing along era-appropriate compatriots, Evil Wiener, as an opening act to fill the air with melodic quirkiness. Teeth of England make their way over from the coast to kick off the evening with a set filled with garage-rocking power.

Fancy Gap, She Returns from War, and Old Heavy Hands

July 27, 8 p.m at Local 506

Celebrating the release of their debut album with, Fancy Gap brings their moody, melodic, country-tinged set to the Local 506. Named for the town in Virginia where principal songwriter Stuar McLamb (of The Love Language) and collaborator Charles Crossingham wrote the core of the materials, Fancy Gap’s music evokes a road trip that crosses through small towns and long, lonely stretches of state roads that may or may not take you where you want to go, but they will get you away from where you no longer want to be. Charleston’s She Returns from War will warm up the stage with a collection of genre-crossing tunes that land simultaneously as modern and traditional. The evening begins with the deep, soulful Americana of Old Heavy Hands.

To be considered for a future musical spotlight, email garyalanmiller@gmail.com

Select Local Music Venue Calendars

The Cat’s Cradle

Local 506

The Cave

The Kraken

Lapin Bleu

Gary A. Miller is a local musician who has lived in the area off and on since 1994. Gary is a Realtor, an avid traveler, and a still-active musician in several local bands. This reporter can be reached at Info@TheLocalReporter.press

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