Hopscotch Music Festival, 2018
In Spring 2016, after watching a screening Heart of a Dog at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, Laurie Anderson graced the audience with thoughtful answers to audience questions, amusing anecdotes, and an interesting lamentation on the lack of attention to the arts from presidential candidates. This was at the time of the presidential primaries when Americans were just starting to realized that we were about to live through an interesting and unprecedented nine months unlike any other in our history.
Ms. Anderson calmly shared a concern that none of our potential leaders uttered a word about music, arts, and other creative expressions that helped bring people together as a community. Those are words I have shared with friends and peers numerous times in the past two years, touched by the importance of joining together to enjoy artistic expression in any form.
The 2018 Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, beyond bringing together over 100 diverse artists, bonded a music-loving community with performances to be remembered and boasted for their entertainment and excitement. With 12 venues and shows scheduled nearly 14 hours a day, the number of lineups an individual could attend tallies an uncountable sum. This sampling of recalled experiences will hopefully paint a picture of what Hopscotch 2018 was, and could have been, for anybody in attendance.