One of the things I love about Raleigh is that people around here like to have big, public parties with great bands when it's their birthday. Two of the best, Joe Yerry fest and Weesefest, are happening this week, just in time to get the party started for the holiday weekend. Yay for being a state worker and having Monday off!
Joe Yerry's birthday bash takes place at Slim's on Wednesday, where The Loners will allegedly play an early show. According to the Facebook event page, the band will start at 10 p.m. sharp, which seems rather unlikely to me, but if you end up missing the band, don't say you weren't warned.
On Thursday, Inter Arma, Caltrop, Bastard Sapling and Hog will be at Slim's, while Static Minds and A Tin Djinn are around the block at Tir na Nog.
Friday is the first night of Weesefest (in honor of doorman Benton Weese) over at Pour House with A Rooster for the Masses, The Trousers, Skullbuckle, Left Outlet; Weesefest continues Saturday with Red Collar, The T's, Left Outlet, Richard Bacchus & The Luckiest Girls, J Chris Smith & Marc Smith, Magic Mike and Sunday with The Loners, Grey Young, Left Outlet, Super Secret Band Ghost of Saturday Night. Since Friday is also First Friday, lots will be happening in downtown Raleigh that night, including Mike Roy and Rob Watson at IndieNC and the Afterhours Dance Party at Jibarra.
Also on Friday, over at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, Clang Quartet and In the Year of the Pig open for Lightning Bolt. See my interview with Scotty Irving here. And on Sunday, July 4, don't miss the Metal BBQ with MAKE, Bezoar, Wizardry and Hog at Nightlight. This show is scheduled to start bright and early at 3 p.m. What better way to celebrate our nation's independence than with barbecue and metal?