Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All-star lineup to bring Big Star's 'Third' back to the Cradle

Photo by Kevin Norris
Back in 2010 Chris Stamey set out on an ambitious mission to bring Big Star's experimental and incredibly influential album Third to life at the Cat's Cradle with an all-star band and an orchestra. Those lucky enough to witness the shows at the Cradle or the few that happened elsewhere were treated to a truly special evening of music (see a review and photos of the debut night at the Cat's Cradle HERE).

Those who missed out will have another chance next month with an added bonus. This time, Stamey and friends will also perform Big Star's first album, #1 Record, in its entirety. The event is part of the Southern Folklife Festival, which celebrates 25 years of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC.

Many of the same players, Jody Stephens (of Big Star), Chris Stamey, Mike Mills (of R.E.M.), Mitch Easter, Django Haskins, Brett Harris, Skylar Gudasz and Matt McMichaels will be joined by Tift Merritt, The Connells and Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks) at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Friday, August 22. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $17.

The show will hit the road for a few more shows this year. Check out the schedule below.

Big Star Third performances
08.22.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
08.23.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08.31.14 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Benefit for The Wild Honey Foundation

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