This weekend is packed with three marquee local music events. The Duke Coffeehouse will be kicking off their 2009-2010 season with the release party for Midtown Dickens' greatly anticipated second album, Lanterns. It is a free event, and also features Mt. Moriah and Des Ark. The Indy has a good review of the new album, which can be streamed from their site. I'm thrilled that the new album is finally out, as Midtown Dickens is part of the heart and soul of the Durham music scene. Doors open at 8:30pm, and the show starts at 9.
Next up we have Music for Fences, which is a benefit concert for the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. The Coalition is a worthy cause, and all proceeds from the concert will go toward building fences to help unchain dogs. The show starts at 4:30pm on Saturday, and you're encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Your children and your dogs are also welcome, as there will be special activities for both! Bands that are performing include Superchunk, Regina Hexaphone, The Kinksmen, and Rey Norteño.
Saturday evening will be the CD release extravaganza for Hear Here, a compilation of 17 different bands from the Triangle area, orchastrated by the good folks at WKNC. The show will go down at 8pm at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, and will feature live performances by Annuals, The Never, Birds of Avalon, and Hammer no more the Fingers. The cover is $10, and includes a copy of the CD!