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Upcoming shows you should check out

MEDESKI, SCOFIELD, MARTIN & WOOD

Monday, Dec. 8, The Carolina Theatre at Downtown Durham, Durham, 919.560.3030 John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood have been wowing crowds – developing a rabid following, as well – since 1991. In the span of more than two decades, the trio has released more than 30 albums, some compilations, some live recordings, and some with the renowned jazz guitarist John Scofield. Although only four albums have been shared with Scofield since 1998, the trio has toured extensively with the guitarist because the stage presence is both legendary and But 23 years in the business hasn’t slowed them down: The band just released a music video via Esquire that features Billy Martin’s mother, a former Radio City Rockette, who Martin described to the magazine as “still being a phenomenal dancer.” If those genes are a sign of what to expect in her children, then you can bet that Martin and the rest of the gang will still be jamming blues and jazz well into the next decade. Tickets the show are starting at $40 and the show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

DR. BACON

Thursday, Dec. 4, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888 It’s pretty difficult to find somebody that doesn’t like bacon, which is why Dr. Bacon, one of Boone’s bluegrass offspring, are the ideal musical choice for any audible pallet. The acoustic “Appalachian soul-grass,” as the band describes itself, is a blend of genres that delivers a smorgasbord of sounds with help from mandolin, bass, drums, banjo, guitar, harmonica, trombone, and generally whatever instrument will get you dancin’ in your boots. The latest single released via the band’s Soundcloud page, “Caroline,” is an ode to the “girls of Ca-ro-li-na,” and references whiskey, moonshine, Carolina thighs… all things that are better than anything else a woman from any other place has to offer. It’s fast pickin’ and pluckin’ combined with clever lyrics and harmonies – a recipe that is hard to pass up when you are looking for a good party with acoustic music. The addition of horns, though, is what really puts the funk and soul into this, and adds a dash of ska to what would normally be passed off as regional music. If you got a sickness, let Dr. Bacon prescribe you some music. Blind Tiger’s website says that there is only a surcharge if you are under 21, and that’s only $3. The doors open at 8 p.m. and music is scheduled to start at 10 p.m.

COREY HUNT BAND

Thursday, Dec. 4, Bull’s Tavern, Winston-Salem, 336.331.3431 Bull’s Tavern is steadily gaining traction as a proper music venue, albeit unorthodox given that it’s a bar with a humble stage set up in the corner. However, by booking acts like Asheboro’s Corey Hunt Band, Bull’s is making sure that along with the flowing drinks, the music pours out as well. Corey Hunt Band is straight country and rock, ideal for the downtown vibes on Thursday night, especially when Bull’s Tavern clears the floor and let’s the people make room for dancing. There’s plenty of space to throw down with these southern rockers who take the tempo up and down over the course of a show. Expect it to be pretty high energy in the tight quarters of Bull’s, because free shows always draw in the best crowds for a party. Music typically gets started at Bull’s around 9:30 p.m., but you’ll want to show up early to get a beverage and a good for the music.

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