Years before Merge Records became the commercial powerhouse it is today, Mammoth Records was the local record label that was going to take the Triangle nationwide. They had a pretty good run, too, earning platinum records with Squirrel Nut Zippers and Seven Mary Three before selling out to Walt Disney Inc. While that deal injected millions into Mammoth's coffers, it also created unreasonable sales expectations the label could never live up to.
Eventually, Disney shut down Mammoth's Carrboro offices and absorbed its operations into Hollywood Records. For all intents and purposes, Mammoth hasn't existed as a stand-alone entity for nearly a decade. But Mammoth left behind a pretty solid legacy and catalog, some of which will be acknowledged at a show set to mark the label's 21-year anniversary. That happens April 25 at Cat's Cradle, right across Main Street from Mammoth's old office space in Carrboro. Katharine Whalen from the Zippers, Dillon Fence and John Strohm from Blake Babies are among the Mammoth alumni who will perform.