Upcoming shows you should check out


Thursday, August 27, Chop Shop, Charlotte, 704.765.2467

If there could be a more appropriate merging of genres, it’s the electronic world of synthesizers and distortion melding with bluegrass, a very raw and pure form of acoustic music. Dirtwire is made up of Evan Fraser, himself a renowned world musician who has completed albums with multiple bands outside of his own solo project, and David Satori, multi-instrumentalist of Beats Antique fame. The term “world music” is a vast and ambiguous term that could, realistically, blanket every genre known, but in this context it’s a term that applies to Dirtwire’s ability to introduce cultural musical norms of the world to the English sonic lexicon. Satori has the ability to pick up anything with strings and make it percussive, somehow, while Fraser’s closet of mouth-instruments and stringed wonders provide the melodious backdrop. From a musical standpoint, there is a relative ambient feeling that resonates throughout, with occasional breaks for dancing where the bluegrass elements really begin to takeover. There are backwoods-style vocals sprinkled under harmonicas, which sees Dirtwire paying respect to the foundational components of mountain music that was popularized by the people of Appalachia, but then there are electronic pieces that juxtapose the entire moment. It all works, and proves that thinking outside the box sometimes allows you to build your own. Tickets to the show start at $10 and the doors open at 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, August 29, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

Few things rival live concerts celebrating the release of an album, mainly because bands play their hearts out to fans in hopes of selling more of the new album. Whatever the case, Norlina plays their hearts out at every show, and this album release party for Dixieland Dreams, the long awaited EP from the Greensboro-based country outfit, will be one heck of a show. There is enough music in the pantheon of the country genre, so acts climbing the ranks have a lot to battle as they fight for their voice to be heard and their story to be told, but Norlina seems to be making this look easy as the gifted foursome finds themselves in demand both in the local spotlight and North Carolina as a whole. Tickets to the show are $10 and the doors open at 7 p.m. Crossing Avery and Khiana Meyer are scheduled as the supporting acts. !