by Ryan Snyder
This National Encouragement Day, find some inspiration in starry-eyed heartland rockers Crowfield, who play the Blind Tiger with acoustic pop singer Noah on Wednesday. The Blind Tiger follows it up with heirloomed country by Wurlitzer Prize with Truckstop Darling on Thursday. Crossover godrockers Needtobreathe headline at the War Memorial with Charlottesville piano pop crooners Parachute and folkie Drew Holcomb. Christopher Bell bows out playful electro pop from his cello, laptop, trumpet, etc. at the Green Bean with whistles and strums by songwriter Blakley Leonard. At the Hanesbrand Theatre, the 13-piece Camel City Jazz Orchestra swing for the fences.
On Friday, Sub Pop jangle-fuzz band Jaill brings the sugarcoated doldrums to the Blind Tiger, courtesy of WUAG and CFBG, with Fergus & Geronimo and Naked Gods along for the ride. Mike Cross tells a funny story or two at the Stevens Center, and Seth Walker’s eclectic guitar talent is on display at Hanesbrand Theatre. Latin funksters Orquesta GarDel play the World Cultural Festival at Wake Forest. You know “Lizard Lick Towing” is fake, right? Big Smo don’t care as long as he gets them publishing checks for its theme song. He’s at Greene Street Club. Edwin McCain plays momrock at Ziggy’s with Crowfield, while ex-Collapsis frontman Mike Garrigan joins the Mraz-y and Mayer-y Josh Lambert Music at the Green Bean. It’s loud and crusty at Black Lodge with Wilde Blood, Must Be the Holy Ghost and Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk. There blooze-funk at Blue Bourbon Jack’s by Doby, and Asian Teacher Factory churn out hyper-melodic prog with Hi-Rollers at the Flatiron. For low-mileage garage and punk, hit up Glenwood Coffee & Books to see Sons of Young and Black Mountain Revival.
Classic-rock warriors Nantucket are headed for the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in a couple of weeks, but for now, they’re at Ziggy’s with Brice Street. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band drop that thun thun with the Family at the Blind Tiger. It’s loud, fast and slightly out of tune with Motel Glory, the Piedmontsmen and Totally Slow at the Green Bean, and Drag City experimentalists Blues Control hit CFBGs with Fifty Bird Step.
Like your country singers preachy and watered-down? The Charlie Daniels Band is the ticket at the White Oak Amphitheatre with the Little River Band on Sunday. It’s Honey Rider and games people play at the Blind Tiger on Monday, while Wake Forest hosts ex-Life In General singer Jason LeVasseur.