Upcoming shows you should check out
CAMEL CITY COLLECTIVE & MELISSA REAVES
Feb. 6, High Rock Outfitters, Lexington, 336-248-4444
It’s High Rock Outfitters owner Chris Phelp’s birthday and to celebrate, Camel City Collective and Melissa Reeves will be gracing the stage. Bill Stevens of the Lee Boys enjoys assembling his musician friends to make impassioned music of the improvisational kind. With Camel City Collective, a well-resumed lineup including Bill Stevens, genre-busting guitarist Scott Sawyer, Annalise Stalls on soprano saxophone who some say is becoming one of the strongest new musicians in jazz, John Ray on bass, Daniel Faust on drums and Melissa Reaves on vocals, the evening will be filled with a combination of original music and creative interpretations of classic tunes from, as Sawyer’s moniker would suggest, a plethora of genres. Melissa Reaves will add her powerful vocals and guitar to the lineup with her rock, funk and rhythm & blues-based sound that has been delighting audiences for more than a decade. In 1999, the North Carolina native won the Lilith Fair Talent Search in Charlotte. A year later she was chosen to perform in a “Women of the Millennium” at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France and toured in both England and France, which included opening for Robert Plant of Led Zepplin. Fifteen years later, Reaves plays over 200 shows per year domestically and internationally and has shared the stage with Sarah MacLachlan, Leon Russell, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Doc Watson and Little Feat.
Saturday, Feb. 7, Ziggy’s Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000
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 for both the stage and studio — but it seems that since this past March, Marvelous Funkshun is performing as a cohesive unit. Founding members Sam Robinson and Will Bagley added Zach Landon years ago and found themselves playing local shows with people such as Dave Matthews Band guitarist Tim Reynolds, something was still missing. The addition of E-Jay Trice in March 2014 filled a gap in the band and made it what it is today. Trice grew up in Louisiana with musical influences including blues, zydeco and indie rock. In fact, his church didn’t have an organ, so he grew up on the alternate sound of the lap steel guitar, washboard, drums, and bass, which they relied heavily on in place of the guitar. Trice added his sound in pedal steel guitar to the band that is a self-proclaimed “psychedelic fusion of funk, blues, jazz and jam rock styles.” !