Upcoming shows you should check out


June 20, 8 p.m. at the Blind Tiger

If you’ve still got any energy left after the Summer Solstice Festival, head over to the Blind Tiger to continue celebrating the year’s longest day with Imperial Blend. Hailing from Greensboro, the four-piece band – composed of Brennan Fowler on keys and synth, Ethan Riffe on bass, Chris Teague on guitar and Dave Teague on drums and percussion – has been making waves on the jam band scene with their blend of electronic keyboard textures, hypnotic rhythm section and ambient guitars. With song titles like “Cosmos” and “Starship”, you know this is going to be no mere earthbound experience. Heck, they even have a song called “Solstice”, appropriately enough. Opening will be Aarodynamics, a two-piece from Washington, DC that performs “improvisational livetronihop”, which is to say that members Aaron Malander and PJ Lemon will probably be doing something quite mind-bendingly unexpected. All in all, a satisfyingly trippy way to end your blissed-out Solstice.


June 20, 2-10 p.m., at the Greensboro Arboretum and Lindley Park

Celebrating its 11 th year, the Summer Solstice Festival returns to the Lindley Park neighborhood with its usual dazzling array of musicians, dancers, fire performers, vendors and general air of anarchic midsummer night’s fun in broad daylight. With three stages, there’s no shortage of sights to cure your summertime blues, including Americana singer-songwriter Laura Jane Vincent, blues-rockers the Draves, the Sahara Reggae Band, Twisted Dance Collective, balladeer Morgan McPherson and folkies Mason Via & Friends, among others. When you’re not grooving to the music or dancers, feel free to check out the hundreds of vendors, or grab a bite at one of the many food stands and trucks.

Or just wander through the crowd, where you can catch all sorts of locals flying their freak flags high in a family friendly way—the Solstice has always been an opportunity for creative people to lighten up and cut loose on the longest day of the year, including jugglers, body painters and hand drummers. There are plenty of Advance kid-friendly Tickets activities @ as well, including face-painting, hula hoop dancing and enough sensory overload to leave the typical tyke Schoolkids Records All open-mouthed Shows All Ages with awe—and that’s before you get to the fire 126 performance E. Cabarrus finale St. that closes out the festivities. Highly recommended 919-821-4111 for the inner faerie in all of us. !