Hopscotch Announces 2011 Artists and Authors Series

Hopscotch Announces 2011 Artists and Authors Series

July, 13, 2011, by Jedidiah

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We mentioned earlier this week that Hopscotch had a lot more things planned this year in addition to their awesome festival lineup. The latest in the series of announcements is the sophomore episode of the highly successful Artist and Author Series. Last year, Public Enemy's Chuck D, 9th Wonder, Megafaun's Phil Cook, Christopher R. Weingarten, Andrew Whiteman and others participated in three panel discussions at the Raleigh City Museum on topics including Black Mountain College's Legacy, North Carolina's Musical Heritage and Hip Hop's place in current music.

This year, The Raleigh City Museum will host (along with sponsor Ed McKay Used Books) three more panel discussions that will dig even deeper into the philosophical underpinnings of music and specifically, the musicians playing this year's festival. Topics include Moving Past Influences, Narrative Songwriting and Pop Music's Bubble. The guests for this year's event stretch from lead singers Wayne Coyne and Patterson Hood of the headling acts The Flaming Lips and Drive-By Truckers to Future Islands' lead singer Sam Herring and Dolph Ramseur, head of Ramseur Records. These panels are sure to be as intellectually stimulating as they are entertaining and are a must for a weekend full of music in Downtown Raleigh.

Admission to the series is free and does not require a Hopscotch Music Festival wristband. Capacity at Raleigh City Museum, however, is limited, so please arrange to arrive early if you plan to attend. Admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Raleigh City Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St.


Thursday, Sept. 8
Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.

Present the Past: Honoring and Outstripping Influences

Everyone has influences, from parental figures who shape your attitude to friends who influence your actions. This panel gathers artists who turn what they’ve learned from clear, identifiable forebears into something altogether different. William Tyler, for instance, is an acoustic guitarist who has clearly moved beyond the mold of John Fahey acolytes, while Jamie Stewart’s magpie tendencies in the band Xiu Xiu create a fascinating, fresh web of references and meanings. Today, they’ll talk about how they’ve gotten beyond the past.


Rhys Chatham
William Tyler
Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu)
Cheyenne Marie Mize
Yair Yona
David Daniell (of Rhys Chatham Guitar Trio, San Agustin) Brian Corum (of Lonnie Walker)
Moderated by: Grayson Currin

Friday, Sept. 9
Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.

Simple Words: The Power of Narrative Songs

The number of ways you can write and then record a song are infinite. But some songwriters seem to find a way to tell us a story that, though it may be personal to them, feels personal to us, too. The Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood is among the best ever with these sorts of songs; he’ll join this panel of fellow standout writers and the head of a record label built on such traditions to talk about why narrative in music can be so very compelling.


Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers)
John Vanderslice
Dolphus Ramseur (of Ramseur Records)
David Menconi (of The News & Observer)
Heather McEntire (of Mount Moriah, Bellafea)
James Jackson Toth (of Wooden Wand)
Ross Flournoy (of Apex Manor)
Moderated by: David Klein


Saturday, Sept. 10
Raleigh City Museum, 3–5 p.m.

The Bubble: The Limits of Pop Music

The Flaming Lips’ 1997 album, Zaireeka, consisted of four compact discs, each holding one stereo track for each of the eight songs on the album. In order for the album to be properly heard, these four discs had to be played simultaneously. Indeed, if any act in the past two decades has challenged what the notion of pop music might be, it’s The Flaming Lips. The band’s Wayne Coyne will be joined by Mark Richardson, the Editor in Chief of Pitchfork Media and the author of a recent book about Zaireeka. Others who have explored the core and fringes of pop, both as musicians and critics, will also speak.


Wayne Coyne (of The Flaming Lips)
Mark Richardson (Editor in Chief of Pitchfork Media and author of Zaireeka)
Peter Holsapple (of the dB’s and R.E.M.)
Julianna Barwick
Sam Herring (of Future Islands)
David Tompkins (author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks)
Moderated by: Brian Howe

For more information on the site of the series, visit www.raleighcitymuseum.org. For more information on the sponsor of the series, visit www.wefeedyourhead.net. For tickets to Hopscotch, visit www.hopscotchmusicfest.com/tickets

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