by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out


Friday, Nov. 7, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, 336.373.7474

Whether you subscribe to the idea that American Idol is hurting the music industry, there’s no denying the impact it has on music in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of hopefuls have lined up for their chance at fame, and a chosen few have actually built major careers because of it. Chris Daughtry, a finalist in the toddler years of American Idol (the show is currently in its 14 season), is one of those artists. Since 2007, Daughtry and his band have won numerous awards, received Grammy nominations and toured the biggest arena venues in the country and world. The group’s latest album, (2013), showed a different side of what would have remained a rock/country act that lends itself to the belief mixing genres of any kind can build credibility for an act. Tickets for show are available through Ticketmaster and start at $46.78 and go up to $66.44, after taxes and fees.


Wednesday, Nov. 5, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

The longevity of any band is entirely based on its fans, as well its ability to continue cranking out tunes that attract new ones. For Sevendust, Atlanta-based alternative metal group, 20 years of touring speaks volumes. For its fans, the group has maintained band member continuity (with the exception being Sonny Mayo on guitar from 2005-2008 while Clint Lowery explored other outlets), which has allowed for a streamlined sound that’s remained relatively unchanged, save for the natural growth any tenured band achieves, since inception in 1995. On the current tour, Sevendust is putting itself out there to push the latest album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, which was also entirely acoustic. The question, though, isn’t whether or not a metal act can translate its sound to the acoustic set, but how will it translate that sound. Reception for the show leans on the positive side with critics praising Sevendust for switching it up with success, but ultimately the fans will determine the future. Tickets for Sevendust are available at, and they start at $20 (adv) and $25 (day of show).


Friday, Nov. 7, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

‘Tis the end of an era in local music for what has been a strong influence in the scene: Jews and Catholics will be playing its final show as a band. After ten years of being what could be considered a staple in the Winston-Salem alt-scene, the duo has decided to move on. Currently, they are playing a route of final shows through Durham and Greensboro, and the Winston-Salem show is, appropriately, being touted as the “end of an era.” The flyer brags that this will be a “ten-year retrospective,” which means if you’ve been following the act since the early 2000s, you’ll want to make it out to the final appearance. The Ghost Wolves will provide support for the night, and tickets to this show are $7 (adv) and $8 (day of show).


Saturday, Nov. 8, Turn Table, Jamestown, 336.937.7578

Music is an art, and Rodriguez-Pastor Thu embraces that idea by incorporating as many mediums he can while still pursuing Feb an exploration of his own sound. He produces videos, creates drawings and 26 continues to pump out music, whether with the Tyler Nail Trio or on his own as a solo musician. For the upcoming show, Rodriguez-Pastor will play at Turntable for the Fall Concert series for only $5, which for the level of technical talent you will be listening to is quite a deal. !