By the time the Friday came along, the Hopscotch Music Festival was in full swing. One of the greatest features of the festival isn’t part of the festival at all – it’s the numerous unofficial day parties that happen throughout town. Some of them feature artists who are also playing evening sets, taking away some of the difficulty in choosing between conflicts. But they also feature many bands who come just to play the daytime shows. We spent Friday afternoon at Kings, at the party hosted jointly by Jamestown, NC-based Three Lobed Records and WXDU, Duke University’s radio station. Featuring such diverse acts as an experimental set by James Toth of Wooden Wand and guitarist Tashi Dorji, the folk-music of duo House and Land, the psychedelic noise of Philly rockers Purling Hiss, and singer-songwriter Rosali, it was a varied afternoon with lots of great music to check out. Finishing off the day was Repressed, a new electronic project by Lambchop singer Kurt Wagner and Superchuck mastermind Mac McCaughan.
Soul musician Lee Fields has had a long and prolific career in music, having released his first single nearly five decades ago in 1969, but for many years he labored under the relative obscurity of being a genre artist. That all changed for him in 2009 when he released My World, an album which perhaps unexpectedly catapulted him into the spotlight, and brought him a new, younger audience that eagerly devoured the now retro sound that fields created. Fields followed up in 2012 with Faithful Man and in 2014 with Emma Jean, and last fall released the latest in his newly revitalized run of recordings, Special Night. Now at 65 years old, Fields has taken his newfound popularity by the reigns and shows no sign of slowing down.
Drive-By Truckers are making a pit stop in DC to ring in 2013 with a three-night run at 9:30 Club! Just as with their New Year’s stint at the Club last year, the Southern, alt-country rockers will surely show attendees a hell of a good time. See?
To add to the awesomeness of the Truckers’ string of shows, they’ve got three great opening acts lined up – Deer Tick on 12/29, Lee Fields and the Expressions on 12/30, and North Mississippi Allstars Duo on 12/31.
So here’s the deal. We want you to ditch those NYE plans you’ve already made so that you and your date can hang out with the Truckers and their friends.
To win a pair of tickets to the concert on either 12/30 or 12/31, we ask that you please leave a comment below (using a valid email address) or reblog this tumblr post and add your comment telling us:
- For which night you’re entering. (Either 12/30 or 12/31)
- Your best New Year’s Eve memory.
This contest will run until Wednesday the 26th. That morning, we’ll pick a random winner for each set of tickets. So, make with the entering, and good luck!