Friday, August 22

Big Star

Orchestrated full-album performances of Big Star’s #1 Record (1972) and Third/Sister Lovers (recorded in 1974-75, released in 1978).

Doors 8 p.m.
Show 9 p.m..

Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC.


Featuring an all-star cast of musicians including Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Tift Merritt, Chris Stamey (The dbs), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Django Haskins (Old Ceremony), The Connells, John Heitzenrater (Hindugrass), Matt Douglas (Small Ponds), Jason Paul Evans Groth, Matt McMichaels, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, and members of the NC Symphony Orchestra. For more information on the project, see Big Star’s Third.

bs3-400x300Big Star was an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band’s musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone, as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll.”