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Upcoming shows you should check out

CABINET

Monday, March 16, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

There is certainly no shortage of bluegrass music in the Triad, a result of being so close to the mountains where acoustic music is so firmly rooted in heritage and lineage. It’s the kind of music that brings people together; that ignites the fire of dancing in expression. Harmonic storytelling is not a new thing, but Cabinet makes their own brand when the plucking of the mandolin triggers the introduction of a fiddle or a banjo and the words begin to weave themselves into a sonic portrait of love lost, love found, or simply a tale of redemption. Tickets for the show cost $7 and the doors to the venue open at 7 p.m.

PARTICLE

Thursday, March 12, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Particle is one of those bands that it almost doesn’t matter what members are currently playing the songs because the talent is there, and most of the music is instrumental, save for the occasional vocal. It’s not so much a super group because that term more or less lends itself to bands that are born out of the major players of other bands, although Allen Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits did slap the skins briefly for the act. And don’t let the term “jam band” fool you, this is dance music that just so happens to be performed live. Like many of its predecessors and peers (Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lotus, Octopus Nebula, Disco Biscuits), the music falls in that strange category of “livetronic,” although “jamtronicubstep” might apply better because of the heavy reliance on electronic produced beats layered deep underneath the extended riffs and solos. You’ll find hints of all genres, influences from many musicians, and the occasional Peter Gabriel tribute or Herbie Hancock cover thrown in the mix of original tracks. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and go up to $15 day of the show. Greenhouse Lounge is scheduled to open the show starting at 10 p.m.

FLEETWOOD MAC

Tuesday, March 17, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, 336.373.7400

It has been almost one half-century since Fleetwood Mac started making music. The group’s first album, Fleetwood Mac, was released in 1968, and they haven’t stopped making music since. Sure, bands might take a hiatus, as does anyone that has been doing the same job  for that long, but it’s 2015 and Fleetwood Mac is still touring, still playing the same hits that garnered them more than one hundred million record sales, and still maintaining relevance in a world of music that has forgotten so much of its past. How do they do it? Musicianship, talent, drugs, and great songwriting aside, Fleetwood Mac’s music transcends all barriers and resonates with every single person. Tracks like “Landslide” and “Rhiannon” still find their way into movie soundtracks and burned CDs (who does that anymore?) and guys and girls of all ages still belt out the lyrics like the song just hit the airwaves. To see them now is probably nothing like the Fleetwood Mac of the 80s and 90s, but Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (the two founding and remaining members from the original 1968 iteration) still back Steve Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie with the same passion they did when the three latter members joined in 1975. There is no denying that Fleetwood Mac is the one of the greatest rock and roll bands to ever play music, and the show at the Greensboro Coliseum will only prolong their legacy as such. Tickets for show start at $49.50 via Ticketmaster, and from there they go as high as $1,000. The show starts at 8 p.m. !

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