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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

BRAIN DRAIN RECORDS PRESENTS “THE HOUSE OF HALLOWEEN HULLABALOO”

Friday, Oct. 31, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127 The Garage in Winston is always having some sort of costumed or theme night, which is why this event is perfect for the cozy venue located at the end of Trade Street. Brain Drain Records has been releasing rock albums since the ’90s, so bringing three of its artists, the bo-stevens, the Straight 8s and the Tremors to The Garage for Halloween is sort of the perfect storm. There is also a costume contest with a grand prize valued at over $200. The Garage is pretty notorious for keeping ticket prices down, too, so that means you can spend that extra little bit on your costume so you can take home the grand prize. And if you don’t win, well, at least you got to see three rad acts perform in the venue that might have the best acoustics in the Triad.

THE MANTRAS

Thursday, Oct. 30, Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

The Mantras might be the next big thing in the jam scene of music, which encompasses some of the greatest musicians of our time. The movement, much like the abstract expressionists of the mid-19th century, is an umbrella-genre that covers many different facets of music. For the Mantras, the term “jam” is applied as liberally as possible in each song: Following one instrument will take you on a winding path of melodic highs and lows, but stepping back and soaking in the entire six-piece outfit’s music will allow for a structurally perfect sonic image. This Greensboro-based act knocked out more than 180 shows in 2013, completed a nation-wide tour in 2014, and still made time to host their festival in Ferguson, N.C., Mantrabash. In keeping with the tradition of naming fans after the band, the Mantourage has proved that this act, with enough hard work on the frets and the road, will solidify itself in the annals of music history. Tickets for the are $9.

PAUL MCCARTNEY

Thursday, Oct. 30, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, 336.373.7474

Who hasn’t heard of Paul McCartney? What hasn’t been said about one of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll musicians, ever? You can rehash memories from when you started smoking marijuana while listening to “Yellow Submarine,” or how your favorite James Bond film is “Live and Let Die” because it’s got McCartney riffing in the opening track. You might have a relative that fainted when The Beatles came to America, and you might have a son who sings “Back in the U.S.S.R” without really knowing the history of what that means. Either way, McCartney is a legend, and his music transcends all factors thrown at it. One of the things we recommend you look out for, though, is the band that will be supporting the knighted musician, which has artists such as Brian Ray of the Bayonets.

WINSTON-SALEM SYMPHONY PRESENTS PLUGGED-IN POPS!

Saturday, Nov. 1, Reynolds Auditorium, Winston-Salem, 336.464.0145 One of the great things about music in the Triad is the diversity: Plugged-In Pops! is precisely one of the events that broadcast the spectrum of musical talent living right here in our great state. With Robert Moody leading the symphony and joined by vocalists Lauren Kennedy and Mike Eldred, the music will take a walk down Broadway’s memory lane (perhaps a jellicle shout out to Grizabella’s “Memory” from Cats?) by showcasing a number of hits from various plays. Both Eldred and Kennedy are tenured stars of the stage, so this night will certainly offer the best-of-the-best when it comes to musicals. Tickets can be purchased at WSsymphony.org, and prices range from $20 to $67. !

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