Summer festival season is currently in full swing. A cherished time of year, as countless live music enthusiasts frantically attempt to pack their warm days with as much fun as their wallets and schedules will allow. If you find yourself scratching your head, wondering how to make the most out of your remaining summer, spending this upcoming weekend in Mebane, North Carolina might be your answer, though it may raise some additional questions (or at least question marks).
The BIG What? will celebrate its 5th year this weekend (July 21-23) amidst the gentle hills of Mebane, a town that rests about halfway between Greensboro and Durham. It is the official festival of BIG Something, the enigmatic six piece alt/jam rock band out of Burlington, North Carolina. Known for their uniquely eclectic style, clever songwriting, stunning jams and celebrated albums, BIG Something’s high-energy live performances and extensive touring have secured them an established spot as a regional powerhouse in the contemporary music scene. Kicking off All Good Music Festival last year and scoring multiple sets at Camp Barefoot this year, BIG Something is on the rise and living up to their name, which shines through in this year’s stellar artist lineup at their festival. The BIG What? will bring in out-of-town friends like The Werks, Turkuaz, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and People’s Blues of Richmond, as well as beloved local acts such as Dr. Bacon, Groove Fetish, and Barefoot Manner. And of course, there will be several heaping helpings of BIG Something, including a collaboration set with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and, staying true to the mysterious allure of the festival, two late night sets in secret locations.
So now that you are familiar with some of the big whos, whats, whens and wheres, of The BIG What?, you’re a little more prepared for some of the big surprises that surely await you this year. Tickets are still available at thebigwhat.com, and you can check out BIG Something’s music on bigsomething.bandcamp.com.