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EYES EAT SUNS

Saturday, Jan. 10, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

There’s been this unfortunate trend in alternative music where a formulaic sound has dumbed down the genre (we’re pointing fingers at you, Avril Lavigne). Thankfully, bands like Eyes Eat Suns are cranking out tunes that are pushing the genre ahead with meaningful lyrics and equally powerful riffs and melodies. Lead vocalist Ayisa Adderley absolutely wails on the microphone – hitting notes sometimes that evoke images of Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez’ delightful screaming. At Ziggy’s on Saturday night, though, you’ll get a lot more than just a rock and roll show. Eyes Eat Suns are releasing a new EP titled Pow!, which features the band’s first single, “Welcome Mats,” released in early to mid-2014. Fans of Paramore will undoubtedly connect with both the vocals and overall sound of Eyes Eat Suns, but the band is unique in their own and will certainly explode as 2015 moves on. Tickets for the show are $7 in advance and $10 day of the show. Show starts at 8 p.m.

DRIFTWOOD

Friday, Jan. 9, Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888 Binghamton, New York isn’t where you’d think to find one of the hottest folk acts coming out, but Driftwood is exactly that. There are a lot of acts that claim folk and traditional styles, but Driftwood keeps it true to the contemporary roots with an upright bass, violin, banjo and acoustic guitar. No drums here, just the occasional percussive slap on the six-string and a lot of hoo-ing and ha-ing. One of the significant treats is when you hear the dancing finger plucks on the bass and it paves the way for one of three vocalists to come crooning over – deliberately strained vocals mixed with picturesque harmonies and whistles. The South knows folk music, but New York seems like it’s chompin’ at the bit to make itself heard with acts like Driftwood. Dangermuffin is listed as the headliner and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.

FUNDRAISING JAZZ MUSIC PARTY

Thursday, Jan. 8, Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Fundraising events seem like the easiest sell in the music industry: Good live music raising money for a good cause. On Thursday night, Gregg Holsey and Friends will do their part by donating proceeds from the night to Children’s With Cancer. The entire event is sponsored by BAM Entertainment and UNC Hospital, and although there is no ticket price listed on the website, it is suggested that you donate. Think of the children! Doors to the venue open at 5 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start around 6 p.m.

MARVELOUS FUNKSHUN

Saturday, Jan. 10, Blue Bourbon Jack’s, High Point, 336.882.2583

“Winston-Salem’s Marvelous Funkshun has quickly become one of the premier acts in the region for roots, blues and funk music. Since 2011, the group has undergone a few member changes — common for bands trying to hone their sound and perfect the chemistry for both the stage and studio — but it seems that since this past March, Marvelous Funkshun is performing as a cohesive unit.” We wrote that in our feature of the act in our Nov. 19 issue, and it still stands true. Even in the three hectic, holiday-filled months since, Marvelous Funkshun has continued to play shows in and around the state, and turned even more ears playing under pseudonyms and simply as pieces of the total band at various venues. The group will start its take-over of 2015 at Blue Bourbon Jack’s on Saturday night in High Point starting at 10 p.m. !

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