by Ryan Snyder
Serendipity is a little Rickie Lee Jones and a little bit of Dan Hicks, and they’ll play Tunes at Noon Wednesday in Center City Park. At the Blind Tiger, Asheville’s Woody Pines play Tin Pan folk with Elkin prog-roots outfit Porch Dog Revival.
Former everybodyfield Jill Andrews visits the Blind Tiger with the gravel-voiced songwriter Erick Baker, whose second album Goodbye June is not only timely, but likely to thrust him out of supporting act status. Ziggy’s has folk, funk and flows by Tower 15, Fuhnetik Union and Ty Bru, while “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” co-author Randy Houser drops into Johnny & June’s with Rick Monroe. Dos Diablos play Chicano acid rock with Tribal at the Green Bean, and there’s more Latin flavors by Baco (not Braco) at the Clubhouse.
The roots-rock focus continues into the weekend with country rockers the New Familiars pairing up at the Blind Tiger with speed-pickers Cabinet, while the Deluge release their new album with the Heritage at the Garage. Greene Street Club hosts the 2 Chainz (not Superjam, because that would denote affiliation) after party featuring DJ Bobby Drake, DJ Ngenius and Chi Chi Bonita dropping the donk. Bearded Folk embraces the stereotype with soulful Philly songwriter Orion Freeman at the Green Bean. Pianist Brian Simpson plays Downtown Jazz at Corpening Plaza and later, Black Lodge hosts a new band by Love Craft mastermind Marty Rogers and friends called Wild Blood, who will be joined by White Rifles.
On Saturday, I can’t be any more emphatic in recommending Charlottesville Americana outfit Sons of Bill, who just released a new one, at the Blind Tiger with the equally amazing Black Lilies. It’s going to be a hell of a good time. I wouldn’t hold out much hope for the tape deck, or the Creedeence, but the Vagabond Saints Society have your CCR fix at the Garage. Johnathan Loos and Tyler Nail have a Levon Helm tribute planned at Ziggy’s for August, but for now they’ll play a warm-up in the Tavern. The Green Bean has power pop by GORyanGO and Rugby, while Martha Bassett plays Summer On Trade.
Ultra-dirty rapper Cazwell plays the LGBT-friendly Sunday Funday at Greene Street Club. On Tuesday, the Mantras offshoot ATV play the Blind Tiger, while the LA sludge metal crew Black Sheep Wall play the Karate Dungeon.