Must-See Shows of September

By Karyn Hladik-Brown
Thursday, Aug 23 2018

The major festival months of summer are ending, but don't fear — September will bring some high-quality artists to the Triangle.

Whether you stopped listening to pop music in 2005 or follow the newest metal bands, the Chapel Hill area has a tailor-made concert experience for you. Hang out at the 21st Carrboro Music Festival, get to know local drag queens or wave your lighter to the sweet sounds of Five for Fighting. 

Here are our takes on the shows that you absolutely should not miss this month.

Drag Queens Are Coming! at Cat's Cradle
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Naomi Dix, a Durham-based drag queen and Miss Gay Hispanidad 2017, is hosting a sickening night of drag performances inspired by musical icons Beyoncé, Rihanna and more. Other featured queens and kings include Stormie Daie, Ben Ether, Margaret Snatcher and Dustin Reams.

This event brings Ru Paul's Drag Race to life with expert lip-syncing and floor-shaking classics from pop and rap icons through the years. Get your life together and buy your tickets now to see this hypnotizing, talented and fierce squad of Kings and Queens.

Drag Queens Are Coming!
$10+   .  Cat's Cradle   .  Carrboro
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The Growlers at Cat's Cradle
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The Growlers

The creators of beach goth (a genre that combines beachy guitar riffs and rhythms with sad lyrics) are coming from Orange County, California, to Orange County, North Carolina.

The Growlers first took their invention of beach goth and turned it into their Beach Goth festival, featuring bands of a variety of genres. Cat’s Cradle is a stop on their Beach Goth tour on the heels of their latest record, “Casual Acquaintances.” To get a feel of what exactly beach goth means, check out their song “One Million Lovers.”

Wed Sep 26, 8:00p
The Growlers
$25+   .  Cat's Cradle   .  Carrboro
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Carrboro Music Festival at Carrboro
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Carrboro Music Festival

The Carrboro Music Festival is celebrating its 21st year this September. The festival celebrates Triangle-area musicians by featuring over 200 acts across 29 venues over a two-day span. There aren't any genre restrictions, so there will be something there for everybody.

Carrboro Music Festival
Free   .  Carrboro   .  Carrboro
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Five for Fighting at The ArtsCenter
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Five for Fighting

Ready to get transported to the early 2000s? Grab your iPod Classic to beef up on your nostalgic tunes before hearing this 2000s legend. 

Sat Sep 15, 8:00p
Five for Fighting
$50+   .  The ArtsCenter   .  Carrboro
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Past Experiences

Neko Case at Memorial Hall
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Neko Case

Neko Case, singer-songwriter and vocalist of The New Pornographers, is coming to UNC’s campus. Her most recent album, “Hell-On,” was released in June of this year following a five-year gap in her solo work. After years discovering how to claim her own work and centered her vision, she is finally re-joining the scene.

A rebel from a young age, Case left home at 15 and then at 18 she became a punk band drummer. From there, her journey and musical style evolved. Now she's here with a new album and fresh eyes.

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Neko Case
$19+   .  Memorial Hall   .  Chapel Hill
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Console Command at Local 506
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Console Command

You may never have heard of video game metal, but we want to introduce you to Console Command. The Durham-based band plays exactly what you would expect after hearing that — they play metal covers of music from video games.

This four-person band is a rocking a genre you haven't even heard of yet, and they promise to give a unique and impressive, if nerdy, experience.

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Console Command
$10   .  Local 506   .  Chapel Hill
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FIDLAR at Cat's Cradle
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FIDLAR

For this band, all you need is the name, and their music style will follow.

This Los Angeles-based band is rolling through Chapel Hill on "A North American Tour 2018." This band gives vibes reminiscent of the true punk bands of old. With an Instagram full of people getting tattoos of their band name, they are edgy for sure.

Want to know more? Check out their song “Wake Bake Skate.” If the name doesn’t do it for you, I’m not sure what else will.

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FIDLAR
$22+   .  Cat's Cradle   .  Carrboro
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