If it's the fall, it's time for Troika, the homegrown music festival that's returned again to bring a wide range of artists and musicians to the Bull City.
Despite the rain, the kickoff concert was still scheduled to take place tonight at Durham Central Park from 7pm to 9pm, with a range of artists -- including Valient Thorr, Midtown Dickens, Dex Romweber (of Flat Duo Jets renown) and I Was Totally Destroying It -- kicking off the first night's shows.
Shows continue Friday and Saturday night, with bands including Hammer No More the Fingers, Mount Moriah, In The Year of the Pig, and Chatham County Line. And these are just a few of them; altogether, there's almost sixty artists slated to play the festival.
Durham-based Merge Records and 307 Knox Records are among the sponsors of Troika, founded in 2002 to give a local outlet for great music in Durham and the region. Save for a brief experiment in spreading out to the other two corners of our little Triangle, it's been based here in Durham all along.
Of course, while Troika's been in town even before our recent run of new music venues, this year there's a number of new locations for festival shows.
Motorco Music Hall, Casbah and Fullsteam are all performance stops, as are The Pinhook, West End Wine Bar, Broad Street Cafe, the Trotter Building, Bull McCabe's and 618 Foster St. (map of venues)
It's $10 for a one-day pass, or $25 for all three nights -- if you've already picked up the latter. Otherwise, head to any venue and pick up a nightly pass good for all the shows at all locations that night.
Also, don't miss the Troika CraftShow, set for Saturday 1pm to 5pm at the Trotter Building. Handmade jewelry, vintage-inspired clothing, screen-printed art, pottery and locally-made house-wares are among the hundreds of items that will be available for purchase, with as many as twenty artists present to share their wares.
As with all things Troika, by the way, a Durham non-profit puts on the festival and tries to break even -- so don't forget to keep an eye out for the Pin Projekt fundraiser when it comes back around this coming year.