Starting things off right here in town this afternoon, as we look at the many days ahead; The North Carolina Symphony is offering Gershwin’s Magic Key this afternoon starting at 3 pm at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, located at 203 S Front St., New Bern, NC. You may visit their Facebook page by visiting this link:
Now for a look around the rest of the state we have an acoustic celebration of Bob Marley’s music is happening this evening at The Highland Brewery, located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, Asheville, NC. The musical jams will be offered by Rastacoustics. This event kicks off at 1 pm and takes us into the Super Bowl festivities this evening.
Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, located at 750 Marguerite Dr., Winston-Salem, NC, is offer a double bill of talent tonight. Featuring the music of Lonnie Holley and Ben Sollee. Doors open at 5 pm and here are more details about price, time and talent from the Facebook event page:
Food from Honky Tonk Smokehouse and beer Foothills Brewing for sale! Doors open at 5PM, music starts 6PM.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and The Blue Ridge Music Center announce artist and musician, Lonnie Holley and cellist Ben Sollee will perform in the concert series Crossroads @ SECCA #017 on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium.
Advanced tickets are $18, general admission and $28, VIP tickets (reserved seating area & custom letterpress poster). Tickets purchased at the door are $23, general admission and $33, VIP.
About Lonnie Holley
Lonnie Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 1979 Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. “Just Before Music” features Holley’s first studio recordings made in 2010 and 2011.
About Ben Sollee
A classically trained cellist, Ben Sollee was raised in Lexington, KY, his family household was often filled with vintage soul music — Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, and Otis Redding being the most consistent selections — and Sollee’s subsequent discovery of folk music helped round out his musical tastes. Sollee received his first big break as a member of the Sparrow Quartet, an acoustic super group that also featured vocalist Abigail Washburn, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, and violinist Casey Driessen.
Live tonight at Test Pattern, located at 701 N Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC, you can check out five rocking bands on the bill to entertain. 40 OZ Mouse, The Bleeps, October and The Fill Ins, get things warmed up for The Crow’s Nest to close out the night. Doors open at 7 pm and the music starts at 8 pm.
Chip Robinson has a show tonight with Christy Hays at The Pour House Music Hall, located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. They play from 8 pm til nearly midnight and here is what elses I learned on the Facebook event page.
Hays has graced stages throughout the U.S. and toured internationally. She’s been an official performer at SXSW, and she’s worked with the likes of Bruce Robison and Hayes Carll. Hays has also collaborated with some of the top talent in Austin, including The Carper Family, Jonathan Terrell, Ali Holder, Brennen Leigh and members of Wood and Wire.
Hays grew up listening to ‘60s and ‘70s rock and country and ‘90s alternative, before being turned onto singer-songwriters like Patty Griffin, Kasey Chambers and Kathleen Edwards. But from the beginning, she was inspired by her musician father Steve Hays, whose first guitar (“a lovely, vintage Gibson”) she still plays today.
Fans of artists like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Joe Pug, the Old 97’s and Neil Young will find much to love in the music of Christy Hays.
You are cordially invited to attend the RPTA Ensemble Festival taking place this afternoon at Raleigh Vineyard, located at 6894 Litchford Rd., Raleigh, NC. The Raleigh Piano Teachers Association will be hosting heir concert for all to attend. The event starts at 2:30 pm and the programs goes til 5 pm.
There is a pre-game concert taking place this afternoon. Crush is live at Capital Cabaret, located at 6713 Mount Herman Rd., Raleigh, NC. This event is FREE and there will be a pig picking tail gate party happening too.
There are four bands ready to bring a variety of rock to you tonight at Kings, located at 12 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC. Here are all of the details including links and genres of each band performing.
Code Orange: Pittsburgh Hardcore Punk
YOUTH CODE: LA Industrial Angst Duo
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Malice At The Palace: Florida mosh
Ryan Baxter & Friends are scheduled to entertain you this evening at Arcana, located at 331 West Main St., #002 (Back Entrance), Durham, NC. They deliver the grooves from 7 pm- 10 pm.
Live tonight at Shed Jazz Club, located at 807 East Main St., Durham, NC from 7 pm-10 pm, they feature the music of composer and multi instrumentalist Ron Shalom with Austin Vaughn. Tickets for this show are $8.38 and you can get yours by following this link:
Here are the rest of the details I found on the Facebook event page:
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ron Shalom performs his baroque death pop project with percussionist Austin Vaughn as part of their Ultimate Blasphemy Tour 2017, joined by solo acoustic guitar phenomenon Alexander. Durham’s funktastic Dirty Dub rounds the night out.
Live this Monday evening you can enjoy the sounds of Lonnie Holley with Ben Sollee at Elsewhere, located at 601 Elm St., Greensboro NC. For more about the players you can read the link I posted above. The admission for this show is $12.00 at the door and doors open at 6:30 pm. Music starts at 7 pm.
There is a special night of music in store at The Pour House Music Hall, located at 224 S Blount St., Raleigh, NC. They are featuring the sounds of classically trained musician Bill Laurence (of Snarky Puppy) with Eric Hursh Quartet. Here are more about the players which I found on the Facebook event page:
Grammy Award® winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, Bill Laurance released his debut album Flint in 2014, and after going straight to No. 1 in the iTunes Jazz Charts, received international critical acclaim. His second album Swift was released on GroundUP Music in Spring 2015.
Classically trained, Bill has worked as a professional musician since he was 14, touring internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, arranger, recording and or performing with artists including: David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, Miss Dynamite and The Metropole Orchestra.
Eric Hirsh Quartet: Pianist and composer Eric Hirsh can play pretty much anything you throw at him. When he’s not leading his jazz quartet (Aaron Hill on saxophone, Peter Kimosh on bass, and Stephen Coffman on drums), he’s helping drive the progressive hip-hop of The Beast or the salsa shake of Orquesta GarDel. His original compositions have a propulsive thrust that combines a minimalist drive with the complex, expressive melodies. He’s one of the area’s best.”
— Dan Ruccia, Independent Weekly
Tickets for this amazing night of music are just $12 in advance or $15 at the door the night of the show. To get your tickets now follow this link:
Live at The World Famous Milestone Club, located at 3400 Tuskaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC, you can get rocked by a triple bill of entertainment. On the agenda for Monday’s showcase you can rock to Nathan Leigh, Porcelain and The Whiskey Predicament. This is a free show. Doors open at 8 pm and music starts by 9 pm.
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There is a free concert taking place on Tuesday evening at Salem College Hanes Auditorium, located on E Salem Rd., Winston-Salem, NC. Music starts with a pre-concert session at 7 pm. Here is what I found on the Facebook event page:
Join Salem Band in Hanes Auditorium for a concert of band classics and transcriptions, including music by Dvorak, Mozart, Holst, Rogers & Hammerstein, and more. Enjoy the slow movement of Rodrigo’s “Concierto Aranjuez” for Flugel Horn and band featuring Salem Band Principal Trumpet Chip Seiler. Free. 7 pm pre-concert music by the W-S Adult Beginning Band, directed by Adam Joiner.
This sounds like a fun event for anyone lucky enough to hang their hat around W-S. Sip ‘n Symphony 80’s Inspired Trivia is taking place at Carolina Vineyards and Hops, located at 1111 S Marshall St. Winston-Salem, NC. Here is what they mentioned about this event that starts at 5:30 pm
Join your Winston-Salem Symphony Chamber Series and Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops, as they host an 80’s Inspired Trivia Night. This is a FREE EVENT! You will receive one free drink from a select menu and free food. We hope to see everyone there!
Lonesome Journey will provide the music for residents at Brookdale, located at 2980 Reynolda Rd. Winston-Salem, NC. They will perform from 6:15 pm- 7:15 pm. If you need some uplifting spirit moving music, check out the band at this link:
Here is an interesting event going on in Greensboro, NC this Tuesday at The Comedy Zone, located at 1126 S Holden Rd. It is Lip Sync Battle. There is still time to register to perform. Here are the details on tickets and signing up
Coming down around the RDU area we have Down Right Dance offering a FREE Swing & Blues Dancing night at The Blue Note Grill, located at 709 Washington St., Durham, NC. This is a weekly event and the fun starts at 7:30 pm. For more on Down Right Dance check them out by clicking on the following link:
It is Beer and Banjos night at Raleigh Times Bar, located at 14 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC. This weekly series if brought to us by Younger Brother Productions and this week features the music of Brothers Egg. This is a free show and music starts at 7:30 pm and they play til 10:30 pm. Here is what I learned about the band from their Facebook page:
Brothers Egg formed in 2014 in Wilmington and Raleigh, NC when brothers Jamie Eggleston (guitar, banjo, drums, piano, vocals) and Hunter Eggleston (mandolin, guitar, drums, vocals) teamed-up with Suzanna Crist (fiddle, vocals) to forge a vibrant, individual sound from their wide range of instruments and musical influences. Their music and influences reflect an eclectic and driving blend of Americana, Roots Rock, Indie Folk, Bluegrass, Grunge, and World Music with influences including Dave Matthews, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, Habib Koiti, John Butler, and Led Zeppelin.
Brothers Egg hatched after Jamie spent time living and surfing in South Africa, where he honed his ear for African rhythms and melodies while traveling and making music throughout South Africa and Mozambique. In the meantime, Hunter thru-hiked, solo the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail where he gained a newfound appreciation for American roots music and Appalachian bluegrass. Jamie and Hunter returned from their far-flung adventures in South Africa and the Appalachian Mountains with new song ideas and a fresh approach to songwriting. Suzanna Crist, a classically-trained violinist with a beautiful voice, adds tasteful melodies on violin and bright harmonies to the Brothers Egg. Her musical influences include Radiohead and Bach, and her style on the violin adds another unique musical dimension to the Brothers Egg.
Brothers Egg is also a family affair. Their father played drums and recorded with some infamous R&B and rock bands out of Richmond, VA in the 1980’s, and he plays drums on the Brothers Egg newly released EP, Bleeding Slow. Their mother, Jenny Eggleston, is a visual artist and poet—she created the art for and contributed lyrics to Bleeding Slow. The driving blend of music by Brothers Egg reflects the fact that Jamie and Hunter each started out as drummers before learning stringed instruments. Live performances by the Brothers Egg are described as fun, high energy, musically stimulating, and a hidden gem.
Tyler Ray will be on the bill along with other performers at Club Caza, located at 2526 Hillsborough St., Raleigh NC. Here is what else was listed on the events page:
Special Guest Artist Performing Live
Easy x Bank$ x EL Man
$15 at the door
Drink Specials all night
Live at The Bar on 4th, located at 249 W 4th St. Winston-Salem, NC, it is a triple bill of talent with the following singer songwriters from the region: Seth Williams, Sarah Sophia and Sam Foster. Music starts at 7 pm and there will be three fun sets of great original music featured til 10 pm.
RUNA with The Dan River Girls will be the featured performers at Muddy Creek Music Hall, located at 5455 Bethania Rd., Winston-Salem, NC. They get the music started this Wednesday evening at 7 pm and play til 10 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Here is more at RUNA:
All ages show (12 and under $5) $12 advance/$15 at the door
“There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia
Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song. “Timeless and flawless…” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene
Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation. “Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life and Times
Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, Jonathan Edwards, and the Guy Mendilow Band. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, RUNA recently released their fourth album, “Current Affairs”, a cross-pollination of RUNA’s signature roots sound with the overtones of Appalachia and Americana.
Hailed by Marcene Bronson, (The Celtic Crier) as “an incredible masterpiece”, “Current Affairs” has been nominated in the 2014 Irish Music Awards for “Best New Irish CD” and in the 2015 Independent Music Awards for “Best Bluegrass Song” (Ain’t No Grave) and Best World/Traditional Song (False Knight Upon the Road). “Celtic music at its very best!” – Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM Innovative and award-winning Celtic Roots band, RUNA, draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.
Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. “Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life and Times.
Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, Chessboxer) on fiddle, Matt Mancuso (Cathie Ryan Band) on fiddle, and Isaac Alderson (The Yanks, Comas) on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles. Recognized on an international level, RUNA won Top Group (US, IRE, EU, UK) and Top Traditional Group, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist (2013, 2012) in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, and won both the fan ballot and judges’ votes for Best Song in the World Traditional Category for “Amhrán Mhuighinse” (Somewhere Along the Road) in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. The band won several awards at the 2010 Montgomery Buck Music Awards, including Best Entertaining Band, Best Folk Artist, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Album – “Jealousy”.
RUNA just released their fourth album, “Current Affairs” – hailed by The Celtic Crier as “an incredible masterpiece” and by Hearth Music as “Music inspired by tradition, but unafraid of a bright new future!”. “For contemporary Celtic music at its very best – do yourself a favor and check out RUNA.. brilliant!” – Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM.
You are invited to pack up the gig bag and head over to Pig Pounder Brewery for their weekly Open Mic Night. Sign up starts at 6 pm and music begins at 7 pm. You are invited to play two songs or a long song for 10 minutes. Pig Pounder Brewery is located at 1107 Grecade St., Greensboro, NC.
Pat “Mother Blues” will be live at The Bullpen this Wednesday evening. Her show starts at 7 pm and she will entertain you til 10 pm. The Bullpen is located at 359 Blackwell St., Durham, NC.
Here are more details about Pat and the show from the Facebook event page:
Her first professional engagement came in the early 1980’s when she was asked to perform at a local club where she was attending college. “I had three days to find three musicians and put together 30 songs,” she said.
“They loved me—the rest is history because I’ve been singing the Blues ever since.”
For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes—women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James.
$1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Always.
There is a triple bill of original rock on tap at Slim’s Downtown, located at 227 S Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. Doors open at 8:30 pm and music starts at 9 pm. On the bill you can check out Inaeona, Beerwolf and Plow. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door. Here is more on the bands which I found on the Facebook event page:
INAEONA: Our first party with InAeona was almost three years ago. We’ve hosted them numerous times since and were stoked for them when they signed to Prosthetic Records. This trio creates a wall of encompassing sound with elements of post-metal, industrial music and psychedelic undertones .
BEERWOLF: smokey groovy desert rock from the swamplands of Florida! When I listen to Beerwolf, all I can think about are road trips and bongrips in a 1970.
PLOW: instrumental heavy rock inspired by marijuana, cheese and the downhill drive from Boone to Raleigh.
WITCHTIT: there can be only one! Some of my favorite Raleigh dudes laying down the stoner doom and slacking off on putting their jams on the interwebs. I’ll give Dirt the Dog a giant cow bone if y’all post some jams before this gig. Love y’all, really.
There is a triple deck of entertainment in store for those who head over to Visuite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC. On stage showcasing their skills will be Loudermilks, The Menders and Dust & Ashes. Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. This is an all ages show. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent. For more information on the bands scheduled, visit their Facebook pages:
Live at the Fillmore Charlotte, located at 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte, NC; it is Tchami with special guest Mercer. This show starts at 8 pm. For tickets visit this link:
There is a triple bill of thrash and metal on tap this Wednesday at Snug Harbor, located at 1228 Gordon St., Charlotte, NC. Here is what you can expect this week:
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 10:00 PM
(Doors @ 9:00 PM)
Violent Life Violent Death:
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That is what I found for music options for your dancing pleasure in the days ahead. I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish. I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Thanks for keeping me informed!
Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance.
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