Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
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HOPSCOTCH: Billed by Pitchfork as one of the 10 essential festivals in North America, this years incredibly diverse (NYT) fest includes 175 bands performing at night, day parites, cultural series, POSTERscotch exhibition, HOOPscotch musicians charity basketball game and the SHOPscotch artisan market. Go there. Where: Participating venues, Raleigh. When: Thursday through Saturday, times and venues vary. Visit hopscotchmusicfest.com for full schedules and pricing info.
JOHN MAYER: Guitar hero John Mayer brings his Born and Raised tour to town on the heels of his newest album, Paradise Valley. Feat. American Idol Phillip Phillips. Where: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh. When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. $30.50-$69.50. | More info
DANCE DASH 5K: Time to shake that money maker to raise money for a good cause. Each km, learn a new dance move or routine then join your dancing-dashing comrades in a giant flash mob at the end ... all to benefit Duke Childrens Miracle Network Hospital. Where: NetApp, 7301 Kit Creek Road, RTP. When: Saturday, start time 9 a.m. | More info
BULL DURHAM BLUES FEST: Keeping the blues alive, the 26th annual Bull Durham Blues Fest drops on the Bull City, presented by St. Josephs Historic Foundation Inc. Feat. International Blues Artist of the Year Big Daddy Wilson, as well as Claudette King, Jimmy Haggard, Rhonda Robichaux, and Jason Damico & The New Blue. Where: Hayti Heritage Center, Durham. When: Saturday, doors open at 5 p.m. $25 in advance; $35 at door. | More info
BLUE MAN GROUP: Cop a squat at DPAC for the smurf-ish explosion as the high-octane Blue Man Group take stage with their must-see mix of music and comedy. Where: DPAC, Durham. When: Thursday to Sunday, times vary. $35-$90. | More info