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2019 Hopscotch Day Party Guide

 By Cameron Lee

August 17, 2019

Since 2010, the Raleigh-based Hopscotch music festival has hosted a multitude of musical acts from varying genres. Spread across several downtown Raleigh venues, the festival allows you to catch some big-name touring acts like this year’s headliners James Blake, Kurt Vile, Chvrches, Jenny Lewis, and Phantogram, and regional artists like The Nude Party (Boone), Sarah Shook & the Disarmers (Chapel Hill), Kooley High (Raleigh), and Charlotte’s own Dreamville lyricist, Lute.

Hopscotch is also known nationally for curating a lineup of emerging indie acts and its organizers have a knack for bringing together special performances like the reunion of Little Brother this year on Sunday in City Plaza. 

Charlotte’s Patois Counselors at Hopscotch 2018. Photo: Garrett Herzfeld

Hopscotch day parties have always been a big part of the festival’s draw, as they offer fans and bands alike an opportunity to check out several local area acts in a wide-array of settings.

Here’s a look at some of our Hopscotch Day Party picks: 

Thursday, September 5

Thursday, Sept. 5 at Kings & Neptunes: 12:30  to 5:30 p.m.
Stereogum Day Party

Charly Bliss, Illuminati Hotties, The Messthetics, Ric Wilson, David Nance Band, Truth Club, and more.

Thursday, Sept. 5  at Berkeley Cafe: 2 p.m – 4 p.m.
Stephen’s Pharmacy (2:00)
Reese McHenry (3:15)

Thursday, Sept. 5  at Boxcar Arcade + Bar from 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nite Beast (2:00),
Ancestor Piratas (2:45),
Tegucigalpan (3:30),
TRIPPLE X SNAXXX (4:15)

Thursday, Sept. 5  at Imurj: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The MuslimsCosmic Punk, The Augurs, Fish Dad 

Thursday, Sept. 5  at Pour House Music Hall: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reed Benjamin (11:45)
HW Presents/HHGoat (12:10)
John Saturley (12:50)
HNDCLW (1:15)
Zephyranthes (1:55)
Niecy Blues (2:20)
Black Surfer (3:00)
Lonnie Walker (3:25)
Vacant Company (4:05)
Zack Mexico (4:30)

Thursday, Sept. 5  at Schoolkids Records: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Schoolkid’s Presents:
Thomas Strayhorn (12:00)
Dragmatic (1:00)
Awen Family Band (2:00)
Julia (3:00)
Jack the Radio (4:00)

Thursday, Sept. 5  at Slim’s Downtown: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Woodvamp (12:00)
The Good Graces (12:30)
Land Is (1:00)
Matt Southern and Lost Gold (1:30)
Bleeder (2:00)
North Elementary (2:30)
Harrison Ford Mustang (3:00)
Regina Hexaphone (3:30)
The Wigg Report (4:00)
Schooner (4:30)
*Free Pizza, Videri Chocolate, and Slingshot Coffee while they last.

Thursday, Sept. 5  at The Wicked Witch: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Al Riggs Performs Lavender Scare (12:00)
Foxture (12:40)
William Kelly (2:00)
Grand Vapids (2:40)
SE Ward (3:20)
Easter Island (4:00)

Friday, September 6 

Friday, Sept. 6 at Berkeley Cafe: 2 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Joseph Terrell (2:00)
Chessa Rich (3:00)
Orlando Parker Jr. (4:00)

Friday, Sept. 6 at Boxcar Arcade + Bar: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sore Thumb Hopscotch Day Party
Trandle (12:00)
Elizabeth Avalie (12:45)
Chris Larkin Band (1:30)
Magnolia Collective (2:30)
The Northerners (3:30)
Pale Horse (4:30)

Friday, Sept. 6 at Crank Arm Brewing: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Crank Arm Hopscotch Day Party Series
KarbuncleDebonzo BrothersEaster IslandGray Young

Friday, Sept. 6 at Imurj: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
GEM Productions Presents:
M8alla, ZenSoFly, Tanajah, Sonny Miles

Friday, Sept. 6 at Kings: 12 – 5 p.m.
Three Lobed Records + WXDU Present: Annual Ritual of Summoning
David Nance Group with Tyler Damon (12:00)
Bill Nace + Samara Lubelski (12:50)
Planting Moon (1:40)
Double Wig (2:30)
Cold Cream (3:20)
Ryley Walker & Nathan Bowles (4:20)

Friday, Sept. 6 at Pour House Music Hall: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carolina Waves x K97.5 Present:
DJ RNB (12:00), Famo (12:45), Brassious Monk (1:00), Davaun (1:20), Chyna Vonne (1:45), SK The Novelist (2:00), TY Harriz (2:25), 3AMSOUND (2:55), KRAWZBONEZ (3:20), Lo$t Generation (3:55), Tanajah (4:35)

Friday, Sept. 6 at Ruby Deluxe: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Vaxxers (12:00)
The Muslims (12:45)
Cold Cream (1:30),
TRIPPLE X SNAXXX (2:15)
Bangzz (3:00)
Loamlands (3:45)
Khxos (4:00)

Friday, Sept. 6 at Schoolkids Records: 2 p.m – 5 p.m.
Schoolkid’s Presents:
Easter Island (12:00)
Frontside (12:30)
Rock N Roll Hi Fives (1:00)
Trivia Party (1:30)
Severed Fingers (2:00)
Slugs (2:30)
Juxton Roy (3:00)
Almost People (4:00)

Friday, Sept. 6 at Slim’s Downtown: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Spider BagsMidnite SnaxxxGross Ghost, Drag SoundsThe Dirty Little Heaters, Cochonne, and more

Friday, Sept. 6 at Transfer Company Food Hall: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Transfer’s Hopscotch Day Party
Toothsome (1:00)
Natural Velvet (2:00)
HNDCLW (3:00)
Black Surfer (4:00)

Friday, Sept. 6 at The Wicked Witch: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Hoofprint (12:30)
Floral Print (1:15)
The Pauses (2:00)
Putter (2:45)
Smoke Bellow (3:30)
No One Mind (4:15)

Saturday September 7

Saturday Day Party at the WUNC Music stage on Davie & S. Wilmington: 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Kate Rhudy, Jenny Besetzt, No One Mind, and more

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Berkeley Cafe: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Texoma (1:00)
Jeff Wall (2:00)
Kim Ware & the Good Graces (3:00)
Rachel Kiel (4:00)
Karl Cope & the Headlights (5:00)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Boxcar Arcade + Bar: 12 – 5:30 p.m.
Sore Thumb Hopscotch Day Party
Heavy for the Vintage (12:00)
Clyde Boomer (12:45)
Candy Coffins (1:30)
The Pseudo Cowboys (2:30)
Winfield (3:30)
Slush (4:30)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Crank Arm Brewing: 12 – 5 p.m.
Crank Arm Hopscotch Day Party Series
Flash CarJPhono1Lacy Jags, and The Veldt

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Pour House Music Hall: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Defacto Thezpian (11:00)
Kooley High (11:50)
Monk Tribute [Chris Boerner & Friends] (12:45)
New Reveille (1:40)
Andrew Duhon (2:35)
Jeanne Jolly (3:30)
Mike Pinto (4:20)
Jason Adamo

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Schoolkids Records: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
DM Rorschach (12:00)
Basura (1:00), Roseclouds (1:30)
Dr. Mudd and the Alamo (2:00)
Old Painless (2:30)
Joy (3:00)
Bedowyn (4:00)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Kings: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Indigo De Souza (12:00)
Yowler (12:50)
Mega Bog (1:40)
Truth Club (2:30)
Grace Ives (3:20)
Faye Webster (4:20)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Legend’s Nightclub: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WKNC Day Party 
Through the Tallwoods (12:00), Juxton Roy (12:45), To Julian (1:30), Black Bouquet (2:15), Emily Musolino (3:00), Petrov (3:45)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at The Outpost: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Brian David Corum of Lonnie Walker (12:00)
Shaken Nature (1:00)
ET Nash (2:00)
William Kelly (3:00)
Blue Cactus (4:00)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Neptune’s Parlour: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Irrelevant Music Presents
Zen Mother (12:30)
Das Drip (1:30)
Warm Red (2:30)
Material Girls (3:30)
Patois Counselors (4:30)
Irrelevant Music DJs before show and in between acts

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Person Street Bar: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Reese McHenryPie Face GirlsStevieFruit Snack

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Slim’s Downtown: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Spazzscotch 2019
Anne Claire [solo] (12:30)
The New Aquarian (1:00)
Easter Island (1:30)
Tragic Magic (2:00)
Hardworker (2:30)
The Mobros (3:30)
Cor De Luxe (4:00)
Jack the Radio (4:30)
The Pauses (5:00)
The Backsliders (5:30)

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Trophy Tap and Table: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Dead TonguesJohn Howie Jr.Chessa Rich, Joseph Terrell

Saturday, Sept. 7 at The Wicked Witch: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Drag Sounds, Autospkr, SE Ward

Saturday, Sept. 7 at Imurj: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
JAK3 [DJ Set] (2:00)
Sybyr (3:00)
Hook (4:00)

Sunday, September 8

Sunday, Sept. 8 at Pour House Music Hall: 12 – 5 p.m.
Al Riggs (12:30)
Reese McHenry (1:15)
Skylar Gudasz (2:00)
RocknRoll Hi-Fives (3:00)
John Howie Jr. (4:00)

Sunday, Sept. 8 at Pour House Music Hall: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Kult Ikon (5:00), The Hag (6:00), Crystal Spiders (7:00), Grohg (8:00)

Sunday, Sept. 8 at Schoolkids Records: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Beatmaking and Showcase With Raund Haus Records ft. Tony G, Trandle, Gappa Mighty, Ronnie Flash and Special Guests (12:00), Distributed Systems (3:00), Akira Screening with Micah Moses (4:00)

Sunday, Sept. 8 at Slim’s Downtown: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Reese McHenryZen Mother, Andy HolmesThe Vibekillers

Also check out the Hopscotch 2019 Day Party Market on Fayetteville St. from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 featuring more than 40 vendors and makers!

Check out the full 2019 lineup for Hopscotch Music Festival.

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