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21 Days to Play – Cat’s Cradle

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.

Cat's Cradle posters

 If you didn’t know it was there, in Carrboro, at one end of what could pass as a small, unassuming strip mall, you might miss Cat’s Cradle. Yet the legendary music venue is the epicenter of local music clubs in the Triangle, the progenitor of many other small capacity clubs and a major draw for diverse bands to our area. 

For more than forty years the Cradle has been an institution for the local music scene. The club interior is nothing fancy. If you’re shorter and in the back of the room you might not actually be able to see the band on the stage. Somehow those factors don’t detract from the experience of being at a live show at this venerable establishment. I’ve always come away from a show reminiscently humming tunes from just moments earlier. That’s my measure of a good night at a show.

The acts you’ll find weekly run the gamut, including local and national bands across all genres. Many shows have ticket prices well under $20, making it easy on your entertainment wallet if you’re in the mood to catch a couple bands in a week. The Cradle is a huge supporter of local musicians so it was a natural fit for the Merge Records 25th Anniversary line up (two of the three shows are sell outs, in case you were wondering). 

Personally, I can’t imagine the Triangle music without Cat’s Cradle in the picture and hope I never have to. Rock on Cradle, rock on for 40 more.



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