Two bands from the Triangle take to the Lucky Strike stage Thursday evening in the next-to-last double-bill of our summer concert series. The free Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert begins at 6 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a picnic and coolers, but please leave any glass at home.
Headlining the show is the Raleigh-based alternative country band American Aquarium. The quintet formed in 2006, and have released eight projects featuring regionally-inspired songs like "Cape Fear River," "Jacksonville" and "Old North State." Their most recent album, Wolves, was funded by a PledgeMusic campaign and released this past February. It was ranked No. 28 on a Rolling Stone's list of 30 Great Country Albums of 2015 That You Probably Didn't Hear.
Their sound is fueled by alt-country's rock and punk edges with songs about love and loss, booze, trials, and the rarified victory here and there.
The Chicken Wire Gang
Opening the concert is Triangle-based The Chicken Wire Gang, an ensemble who have been performing off and on across the region since 1989, though they've rarely performed since 2002. The accordion-wielding Greg Bell, the band's founder, said by email, "Our first gig was at He’s Not Here as a benefit for the not yet built Carrboro Town Commons at the request of then Mayor Ellie Kinnaird."
The Chicken Wire Gang's quirky, off-beat humorous music recalls elements of Cajun and Tex-Mex music transmuted by a sip or two of Oktoberfest beer.
How to get to American Tobacco and the BPM Concerts: