by Ryan Snyder
Ol’ Danny Barnes has just about done it all, and that includes working alongside jazz great Bill Frisell and jamming onstage with the Dave Matthews band (though don’t hold that against him). On Wednesday night, the world-class picker adds the Blind Tiger to his rÃ©sumÃ©, so go see him. If you watch “American Guns,” then you know the bayou blues trio Swamp Cabbage, who will play the Garage, while upstart emcee crew the Black Lotus Society kick off a trio of shows at CFBG.
Thursday’s slate is led by the Piedmont Jazz Composers Collective, featuring Matt Kendrick on bass and Daniel Serif on guitar, at Krankies. Speaking of great bassists, Jaco Pastorius’ kids no longer play with the Heavy Pets, but the funkfusion quintet still lays down a mean groove. They’re at the Blind Tiger.
Everything is better when it comes from Japan, and that includes punk bands like Otonana Trio and the antics of frontman Kentaro Saito. They come to the Green Bean this Friday night with Gelatine and Babylon Breakers, while Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands score the scandalous Castaway Cabaret at the Blind Tiger and Black Lotus takes it to Greene Street Club.
DiggUp Tapes is among the coolest boutique labels in North Carolina and on Saturday, they’ll host a showcase at Krankies featuring cryptic psych pop by Lilac Shadows, synth folk explorers T0W3RS and bi-polar lo-fi from Cassis Orange. Taylor Dane(!) headlines PRIDE 2012 in downtown Winston-Salem. Hike out to Snow Camp to see the legendary Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys while you can at Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival, or see NYC baroque folk trio Pearl and the Beard at the Blind Tiger. Illpo holds it down at Beasts of the Boro at Greene Street Club, while the Flatiron has power-pop by Janus 4-14. There’s upbeat folk at the Garage by the Aaron Burdett Band, and smoldering altrock by Bear Crossing at the Green Bean.
Polyvinyl artists Dusted visit the Garage on Sunday, just in case you can’t crash the free Langhorne Slim set at Wake Forest. Otherwise, the Winter Sounds reveal the New Wave side of the Big Easy at the Green Bean and Black Lotus close out their weekend at Glenwood Coffee & Books.
There’s old-school jams at the Blind Tiger on Tuesday by Timbre Coup and the Walking Streets, and a dusty slice of Americana by James Arlowe & the Ruffian Circus at the Garage.