Troika Music Festival

Dillon Fence, Valient Thorr and Chatham County Line are just some of bands set to play the sixth annual Troika Music Festival being held across Durham Nov. 4-6.

This year's lineup--which includes bands from more than a dozen labels from 307 Knox, Mammoth, Trekky, Churchkey and Odessa among many others--promises to continue in the vein of previous years, with the Triangle's own new-traditionalists Chatham County Line on board to play a headlining set at the brand new Motorco Music Hall while other local favorites, including fist-pumping rockers Red Collar and standard-bearers Dillon Fence are on tap to play throughout the festival's three days. Newcomers including the very buzz-worthy Cassis Orange, from the brand-new Grip Tapes label is also set to perform alongside other favorites like Old Bricks, another Triangle band that garnered heaps of praise during this month's inaugural Hopscotch festival in Raleigh.

Troika organizers also announce the inclusion of two new venues in this year's lineup, making the 2010 festival a strictly-downtown event that is for the first time entirely walkable. The Casbah, located on West Main Street and booked by former Yep Roc label head Steve Gardner, and Motorco, on Geer Street, are opening this fall just in time for Troika programming. Motorco is booked by Chris Tamplin, formerly of Raleigh's Tir Na Nog which played host to the extremely popular WKNC-sponsored Local Beer Local Band series every Thursday for the last several years.

"Bring your walking shoes and sample all the offerings of this year's festival," Director Melissa Thomas said. "Look out for some close-to festival weekend announcements on Twitter and Facebook. We are excited about our line ups this year and as always are looking forward to three days of great music in Durham."

Organizers are also happy to announce the inclusion of three events being curated by local favorites. Greg Humphreys, of Dillon Fence, is in the process of curating a songwriter's night, Craig Powell, of Layabout House and local DJ fame will present a showcase and Independent Weekly music editor and Hopscotch organizer Grayson Currin will also present an evening of bands.

This announcement comes on the heals of Troika's successful day party at Kings Barcade in Raleigh, held during Hopscotch. Triangle music stalwarts The Beast, Bellafea and The Pneurotics played the newly-reopened Kings for a day of revelry sponsored by Triangle Brewing Company.

Additional lineup announcements, including a full schedule, will be announced in coming weeks. The full list of bands announced this week includes:

Americans In France * Billy Sugarfix's Carousel * Birds & Arrows * Birds of Avalon * Cassis Orange * Chatham County Line * Dan Melchoir und Das Menace * Decoration Ghost * Dillon Fence * Double Negative * Filthybird * Free Electric State * Futurebirds * Gross Ghost * Hammer No More The Fingers * Hog * I Was Totally Destroying It * In The Year of the Pig * Jack Oblivian * Joe Romeo * Justin Robinson and the Maryannettes * Last Year's Men * Mandolin Orange * Midtown Dickens * Minor Stars * Mount Moriah * Naked Gods * North Elementary * Old Bricks * Onward, Soldiers * Organos * Phil Cook and his Feat * Pink Flag * Red Collar * Shipwrecker * Spider Bags * The Jackets * The Sames * The Small Ponds * The Wigg Report * Valient Thorr * Veelee * Wesley Wolfe * Wood Ear

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