Exam week bar bash

17 12 2009

FREE BEER at the Library on Franklin Street tonight, 9-11PM

Just tell the bartenders you are on Entourage’s tab, otherwise you will have to buy it yourself.

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Free show in Raleigh

13 11 2009

Free show tonight starting at 8:30 p.m.!

Great line-up: The Catch Fire, Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies and Mitch Easter.

Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies





At Tir Na Nog in Raleigh.

Metal show at the Reservoir tonight – no cover!

9 11 2009

I would describe the Reservoir as a dingy rock-n-roll dive bar with loads of character. Think tattoos, long hair, black tees… so wearing a pink Lacoste polo is not recommended. It is a convenient location off of W Franklin Street (barely Carrboro.)

The line-up tonight is mainly metal and features Carrboro locals, Systems, who have a growing fan base.

Opening up for them will be Atlas Moth from Chicago ( Bluesy sludge and 60s psychedelic) and HOG from Durham (heavy-doom metal).

The show starts at 10 p.m. and will run until roughly 1:30 a.m.

The Reservoir has been smoke-free for a little over a week now, but after seeing the regulars who have been chain-smoking there for years I am guessing it will be more like months before the grunge and nicotine coating the walls will finally dissipate.

Reservoir Bar

In addition to the free show tonight, you can always play darts and pool for free! And PBR’s are always about a $1.50.

Free shows at the Troika Music Festival!

5 11 2009

There are free shows each night of the festival! It starts tonight and ends on Saturday.

If you haven’t been to the Troika Music Festival before, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Access to the entire festival is only $20, which is a great value for the line-up.

The event is hosted at various venues throughout the triangle (West End Wine Bar and Pinhook for example).

The line-up includes local favorites like the Love Language, Luego, and the Huguenots.

The shows will be epic! Head out if you can.


Triangle Freegans

2 11 2009

Ever been dumpster diving?

Dumpster Divers

I’ve seen many local college-age students doing it lately. Many of whom refer to themselves as “Freegans.”

Freeganism is a political avant-garde lifestyle, mainly the rejection of standard consumerism. Dumpster diving, therefore, is done not out of need but as an alternative to buying new things.

Warren Oakes, former drummer for the anarchist punk band Against Me!, authored a manifesto pamphlet in 1999 called “Why Freegan” about the subject. That served as the start to this growing subculture. Carrboro seems to be a stronghold.

Even in the Wikipedia definition, Carrboro’s co-op is mentioned within the first heading. I ventured out with a Carrboro native to find treasure in the trash. As soon as the video is edited I will have it up here.

I’m also trying to put together a guide about the waste disposal timing of these grocery stores and restaurants. Still gathering that information. One consistent one is Panera bread, a cafe that throws out heaps of the day’s pastries every night at close (9:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday).

I am still hunting for a good local forum or discussion board on the topic. Please post if you know of any or are interested in starting one up!

The closest I have found is a freegan meetup group and a dumpster diving blog, both started by residents of Greensboro.

Also, NC law confirms once an item is thrown away it is considered no longer property of the individual who threw it out.

Basically, trash is fair game. However, dumpster diving may violate other local laws, such as trespassing or sanitation laws.

More on this to come!

Free tastings for new local beer

20 10 2009

For two weeks starting Friday, October 23rd, Weaver Street Market will be the only place selling beer from the LoneRider Brewery, a new microbrewery in Raleigh.

Various Weaver Street Market locations will have free chocolate and local beer tastings as follows:

Southern Village
Friday, October 23, 4 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Home Brew


** Note: Another (fun!) way to save money is to brew your own beer. And if online tutorials aren’t enough, the LoneRider Brewery in Raleigh is also offering classes for home-brewing ($20 p.p.)





Free Cookies and Cider/ Ghost Stories/ Bluegrass Music/ Kiddy Costume Contest

Carrboro- Friday, October 23, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.



Acoustic Open-Mic

Hillsborough- Every Thursday 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.


Show performers:

October 22nd: Sinful Savage Tigers


October 29th: Tim Stambaugh

*Bonus! Steve Toll – From 5 till 6pm Steve Toll presents the family music program.


Free jazz music on the lawn.

Carrboro- Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

(These jazz brunches always cause very limited parking, so try to walk or bike if possible.)

Free Music! Deer Tick show in Raleigh and more.

19 10 2009

Deer Tick, a consistent blog favorite from Providence, Rhode Island, will play at Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh today at 3 p.m.

Their new album, Born on Flag Day, came out in June of this year.

Expect the store to be packed, but for the show to be great.

They will also play a show at the Local 506 on Franklin Street this evening, albeit not for free.

More free shows in Raleigh for the Cherry Bounce Festival:

TONIGHT, 9:30 p.m. there will be an all acoustic set featuring Brian Corum, Jason Kutchma and Matt Douglas at The Raleigh Times.

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 10 p.m. Free Electric State, Gross Ghost and The Poles will play a WKNC showcase at Tir Na nOg in Raleigh.

SATURDAY, Oct. 24, starting at noon will be the following lineup playing at the Raleigh Times:

Sky Larkin (noon)

Old Avenue (1:45 p.m.)

Peggy Sue (3 p.m.)

The Balance (4:15 p.m.)

Schooner (5:30 p.m.)

Fin Fang Foom (6:45 p.m.)

The Hood Internet (8 p.m.)

Man Man (9:30 p.m.)

Raleigh Wide Open fireworks will follow