Hopscotch announces 2012 Edward McKay Cultural Series

Submitted on Jul 10, 2012

Hopscotch is excited to announce the 2012 Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series and its first round of panelists, presented for three days at Raleigh City Museum during the festival itself. This year’s panels explore the new connectivity of musicians via the Internet, the use of old roots in new music and the importance of cover songs, with an array of speakers from the dB’s cofounder Peter Holsapple to Pitchfork editor and noted heavy metal journalist Brandon Stosuy. More panelists will be added as the festival—scheduled for Sept. 6–8, in downtown Raleigh, N.C.—approaches. We will update this page with additions as they happen.

In years past, musicians from Chuck D, Wayne Coyne and Patterson Hood to writers Christopher Weingarten, Mark Richardson and Mark Anthony Neal have spoken during the cultural series. They’ve explored topics from the place of hip-hop in politics and social struggles to the power of the well-written song. Many of these panels have been standing room only, and a 2010 discussion with Chuck D, 9th Wonder and others received favorable coverage in Rolling Stone.

The panels are free and open to the public; no ticket is required, but admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each begins at 3 p.m. with a short musical performance, followed by a discussion among panelists and the moderator and a Q&A session with the audience.

Raleigh City Museum—220 Fayetteville St.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 3 p.m.
Atavistic power: Soul, gospel, folk and blues traditions in independent music

So much new music rests on very old foundations, few of which are stronger than American gospel, soul, folk and blues traditions. How are those traditions being used in independent music now, and what does their use say about those using them?

Moderated by: Peter Blackstock (The Independent Weekly, No Depression)
Glenn Jones
Matthew E. White 
M.C. Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger)
Skip Matheny (Roman Candle)
Jon Mueller
Samantha Crain
David Fellerath (The Independent Weekly)
With music by M.C. Taylor


FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 3 p.m.
Fresh sheets: The purpose and power of cover songs

Why cover a song? Can it be more for the artist’s benefit than the audience’s benefit, and what does the cover and the response say to it about the musician, the crowd and their relationship?

Moderated by: Brian Howe
Brett Netson (Built to Spill)
Peter Holsapple (The dB’s)
Jesse Jarnow (Author of the new Yo La Tengo book, Big Day Coming)
Marlysse Simmons (Bio Ritmo)
David Klein (Author of If 6 Was 9 And Other Assorted Number Songs)
Matthew Papich (Co La)
Catherine Edgerton (Midtown Dickens) 
With music by Catherine Edgerton

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 3 p.m. 
World Wide Weirdness: The Internet, and taking music further

The Internet makes access to unheard sounds easier than ever, as well as collaborations across continents. But it’s also crowded the market and led to new tastemakers with high amounts of power. So, has it made it easier to make weird music and get it exposed, or has it had no impact?

Moderated by: Grayson Currin (The Independent Weekly, Pitchfork Media)
Arnold Dreyblatt
Kid Milions (Oneida)
Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork Media)
Jenks Miller (Horseback)
Rich Ivey (Whatever Brains)
Maura Johnston (The Village Voice)
With a DJ set by Brandon Stosuy

The Ed McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series is also supported by Bida Manda, a new Loatian restaurant opening in downtown Raleigh during Hopscotch 2012.

For tickets to Hopscotch, see For more on the series presenter, visit For more on the series host, visit

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