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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM TOUR

Saturday, Nov. 15, High Point Theatre, High Point, 336.887.3001

When we trace the history of rock ‘n’ roll in America, it’s impossible not to recognize (err, applaud) the generosity Britain. Sure, historically, we wanted nothing to do with them, but if it weren’t for bands like Traffic, “classic rock” in today’s America might be nothing more than mellifluous melodies: The exact opposite of what rock ‘n’ roll is all about. Traffic started in 1967 by Mason, along with Steve Winwood (yes, that Steve Winwood), Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. Since that year, each artist moved onto successful solo careers, before reconnecting one final time to accept the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For this stop you’ll definitely hear some of the classics from Mason’s personal collection, as well as Traffic hits “We Just Disagree” and “Feelin’ Alright?” Tickets start at $35 and go up to $40.

TOW3RS

Saturday, Nov. 15, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Raleigh psych-pop act, Tow3ers, which has amicably dwindled down to a solo show with founding member Derek Torres at the helm, will be holding a record-release party on Saturday night. The album, TL;DR, is already available via free stream on Entertainment Weekly’s website, but if you don’t want to spoil your appetite for great music, then it’s worth waiting until the release party. The website touts the album as sounding “a little like the alt-J singer joining STRFKR to cover LCD Soundsystem,” which we really can’t disagree with. The vocals are mastered so well in the mixes that they could easily be played a cappella and sound just fine, but with the subtle drums and synths, it only gets better. Did we ruin the surprise for you? The Phuzz Records-signed act is definitely worth a listen, and we are sure that you will find yourself in the middle of the dance floor at The Garage to hear for yourself the great music coming out of North Carolina. The Estrangers, Dad & Dad, and See Gulls will be opening up the night, and tickets for the show are $10 at the door.

COSMIC CHARLIE GRATEFUL DEAD TRIBUTE

Saturday, Nov. 15, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

It’s difficult to cosign a band that has to explain what it is after dropping such an obvious hint: “Cosmic Charlie” is a Grateful Dead song. However, CCGDT is actually a tribute band that isn’t working synonymously with “cover band,” in that the group might play all Grateful Dead songs, it will not be striving to sound exactly like its mentors. Instead, you’re going to hear a slew of different renditions on classic Dead songs, and in that, you’ll also be able to hear how the act has transformed them to fit their own mold. If there’s anything that Grateful Dead fans don’t like, it’s people pretending to be the leader of the Grateful Dead. Cosmic Charlie Grateful Dead Tribute offers the same style and feel of the traditional jam sessions “” long-winded guitar solos, beat building drums “” hoping to tap into that lost energy that used to surround the Grateful Dead. Given that Further, the band that was home to the last remaining members of the Grateful Dead, just recently called it quits, it’s acts such as Cosmic Charlie Grateful Dead Tribute that will keep Jerry’s spirit alive. Peace, man. Tickets for the show are $7 (adv) and $10 (day of show). !

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