A guide to Merge happenings at Raleigh's Hopscotch Festival

A guide to Merge happenings at Raleigh's Hopscotch Festival

The 2nd annual Hopscotch Music Festival will take place September 8-10, 2011, in Raleigh, NC.

Mark your calendars so you don't miss out on these performances (updated with an appearance by Merge's newest band, Hospitality!) :

Thursday, Sep. 8 @ 11 pm:
The Love Language  The Lincoln Theatre

Friday, Sep. 9 @ 12:30 am (Saturday morning):
Hospitality – The Union

Saturday, Sep. 10 @ 6:45 pm:
Superchunk  City Plaza w/ The Flaming Lips and Dreamers of the Ghetto

Saturday, Sep. 10 @ 12:30 am (Sunday morning):
Times New Viking  The Union

Saturday, Sep. 10 @ 12:30 am (Sunday morning):
KORT (Kurt Wagner of Lambchop and Cortney Tidwell)  Kings Barcade

In addition, there will be a few FREE Merge-related daytime activities:

Friday, Sep. 9, 2-4 pm: Foundation will host a Wild Flag listening party. Come by for great music, drink specials, and door prizes.

Friday, Sep. 9, 3-5 pm: Stuart McLamb of The Love Language will participate in an artist-and-author discussion panel called "Simple Words: The Power of Narrative Songs" at the Raleigh City Museum. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, Sep. 10, 11 am-5:30 pm: Hopscotch presents The Rosebuds & Friends, a block party outside the Lincoln Theatre. The seven-band lineup concludes with a performance by The Rosebuds at 4 pm. Food will be provided by Ashley Christensen and AC Restaurants, the proceeds from which will benefit the Frankie Lemmon Foundation.

And finally, SHOPscotch, a temporary pop-up store, will be open in Raleigh's historic City Market every day during Hopscotch and on Sunday the 11th. This is the place to get Merge releases as well as records, t-shirts, and other merchandise from some of the festival's participating bands. Business hours and more details can be found here.