Carolina Indie Fest returns September 29 and 30 with ten independent musical acts performing over two days in downtown Sanford.

“We’re excited to have our fourth Carolina Indie Fest in three years,” said Tim Emmert, promoter of the event. “This is a fun event with great music and it’s completely free thanks to our amazing sponsors.”

Bringing a diverse set of genres to stage is one of the goals of Carolina Indie Fest. In that regard this fall’s Carolina Indie Fest is already a success. Friday night features roadhouse country, rock, alternative and the elusive genre known as Americana. Saturday’s bands will perform sci-fi themed punk, spoken word/rap, alt-folk rock, blues, and straight up rock and roll..

The festival stage will be on the rear lot of Hugger Mugger Brewing at 229 Wicker Street, with adjoining properties hosting dozens of crafty vendors and food trucks. It is a family friendly event, although some bands might earn an occasional PG-13 rating for subject matter or word choice.

This fall’s Carolina Indie Fest has a decidedly North Carolina lineup with representation from the Triad (Gooseberry Jam, Jeremiah McKinley Band, Farewell Friend), Chapel Hill (Heat Preacher, Skylar Gudasz), Raleigh (Reese McHenry), Durham (Shirlette Ammons), and Sanford area Indie Fest alums the Cliff Wheeler Band and Oort Patrol. Australian born Kara Grainger travels from Nashville to play on Saturday, September 30.

“We’re building something special in Sanford with this festival.  High quality bands playing for ten hours over two days … it’s a great way to enjoy that weekend and leaves lots of room to enjoy everything downtown Sanford has to offer,” Emmert said. “For many attendees it will be their first time back in Sanford in years and they will be pleasantly surprised at how the downtown is growing.”

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