"There’s something perplexingly special about a hometown.
Like a conceptual extended family, it’s not something you really get to choose, but it’s something thats culture and personality seems to jut into your life in very unexpected ways. It’s something you take for granted when you’re young, but eventually begin to appreciate in more complex ways as you mature.
Growing up in the Raleigh area, I’ve gotten the chance to ride the train around Pullen Park, spend a-many Sunday afternoons at the Flea Market, illegally sleep under the stars at Umstead Park, and savor Locopops under the bell tower.
And with the commencement of the first Hopscotch Music Festival in 2010, Raleigh emerged as not only a wonderful hometown, but also a unique cultural and musical hub.
Walking down Hargett Street six years ago, the potential for something “greater than” was definitely there. What, with states excellent design school, the influence of historical townie joints like Sadlacks, and the reopening of famed Kings Barcade, it seemed almost inevitable that something would emerge from the city of Oaks.
When the first Hopscotch festival commenced in 2010, it seemed like a beautiful summation of all the artistic potential stowed away in the nooks and crannies of the capitol city. Hopscotch organizers have shown a dedication to booking and promoting musicians typically outside the pop-music eye. Another truly venerable aspect of the Hopscotch line-up is how many in-state musicians are represented. Some may think, compared to experimental or underground musical hubs like L.A. or New York, that the N.C. music scene is narrow or underrepresented. There is nothing further from the truth, and Hopscotch has done its part giving a stage to N.C.’s diverse and talented music scene.
Hopscotch has become an integral part of Raleigh’s culture while simultaneously expanding it. It’s just another reason for unashamed hometown love.
(me @ Hopscotch last year, feat. Lonnie Holley)
For the love of God go to Hopsctoch. “
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