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The Insiders: Take the plunge and check out The River stage at Market Days

Here’s a quick history lesson for you this morning: Did you know that, as with so many good jams, the old ditty about the little piggy going to market was actually edited so it could better fit into a pop radio format?

The original first line told of a little piggy going to Market Days – and we think it’s a perfect day to go old school and heed the rhyme’s sage advice. Why? Well, because you can see something you’ve never seen before. Over the last few years, Market Days has become a superb showcase for local music talent, filling Bicentennial and Eagle square with tunage, most of it native to the 6-0-3. But this year, organizers have added an extra musical outlet with the 102.3 The River stage, which will only appear tonight. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., patrons can catch four hours of free, live music on a huge mobile stage at the corner of Centre and North State streets. A.J. Edwards kicks off the music at 5:30 p.m., followed by The Aldous Collins Band at 6:15, Air Traffic Controller at 7:30 and Chris Trapper at 8:45.

Want more music? Also today, the Eagle Square stage will host The Oddball Out at 2 p.m., Delanie Pickering at 5, Day Janeiro at 6, 7:30 and 9, Rachel Vogelzang at 7 and Steve Chagnon at 8:30. The Homegrown Stage in Bicentennial Square will feature David Michaels at noon, Lauren Hurley at 1, Brad Myrick at 2, Kenny Weiland at 3, David Shore’s Trunk O Funk at 4, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio at 5, Rippin’ E Brakes at 6 and HOLMES at 8.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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