In Raleigh, the big news is the opening of the new N.C. Museum of Art. The Beast and Orquesta GarDel will be there Saturday.
If you're not headed out to Shakori, you still have quite a few in-town options, including my new favorite band, Light Pines, at Tir na Nog on Thursday. On Friday, Gray Young, Mount Moriah, and Jews and Catholics will be at Duke Coffeehouse while Rocket Cottage, Torpor and The Infamous Sugar will be at Slim's on the same night. Saturday's shows include Chip Robinson at Slim's, Black Skies at Dive Bar, Red Collar, Lonnie Walker, Bellafea at Duke Coffeehouse, and Whatever Brains, Invisible Hand, The Alphabet, Gross Ghost at the Berkeley.