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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Friday, July 31, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Fans of Whitesnake, Poison, Journey, Van Halen, and just about any other rock and metal band that was birthed in the 80s – the era of music that many want to be forgotten, but of course never will – are in for a serious treat when The Breakfast Club takes the stage at The Blind Tiger. Touted as “the longest running, most recognized ’80s tribute band in the United States,” The Breakfast Club has been covering some of the biggest tracks in the world since 1993. In a time where MTV is no longer the go-to network for actual music (as one might think given it stands for Music TeleVision,) bands like The Breakfast Club take us back to the era when music videos were actually important for a band. And there’s a difference between “tribute” and “cover” when it comes to bands. The Breakfast Club doesn’t just cover songs of old, but instead puts a refreshing twist on them by paying respect to the original compositions. The show is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets to the night are $10 if you pick them up in advance, or the usual $12 if you wait for the day of the show.

KEVIN GATES

Saturday, August 1, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

Kevin Gates can’t seem to escape any kind of problems, but then again he sort of brings it all on himself. The Louisiana rapper caught a wave of success by dropping a hit with Lil Boosie, but he’s broken out on his own with albums Stranger Than Fiction, By Any Means, and Luca Brasi 2. If “Kno One,” his recently released single, is any indication as to the direction Kevin Gates is taking his career, then one might be able to conclude that he’s getting a bit softer. He caught a bit of odd press in the beginning of 2015 when he openly, and proudly, claimed the he was having sex with his cousin for two years, but beyond a handful of tweets and Facebook statuses, the coverage was pretty much just pointless. The dude can rap, as is evident on Luca Brasi 2, and it’s that slowed down trap style that infiltrated the EDM scene that has earned him such national accreditation with so many demographics. Is it that big of a deal what he does in his personal life? Nope. Just as long as he keeps talking about slangin’ bricks and climbing to the top he’s going to be on everyone’s mind. Tickets the show start at $35 for general admission and go up to $55 if you want to sit in the balcony VIP area. Doors open at 9 p.m. with music starting at 10 p.m. !

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