It’s Christmas and Easter in one week for hip-hop heads, with a celebration of the birth of the immortal James DeWitt Yancey going down at the Blind Tiger on Thursday with a gaggle of DJs and emcees throwing down their best cuts of the most remixable album of all time. First up though are three guys inspired by that Volkswagen Super Bowl commericial, Myrtle Beach reggae-rock trio TreeHouse, who channel Verilux vibes with Jay D. Clark and Matt Irie at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday before skipping over to Ziggy’s on Thursday.
Elsewhere on Thursday, the Fair and the Foul weave warm blankets of folk with Madison, Wis. Glam-soul-oist Anna Vogelzang at the Green Bean. Austin indie-rockers the Eastern Sea visit Turntable with the Kopecky Family Band, while virtuosic guitarist Damon Fowler visits the Community Arts CafÃ©.
Travis Griggs & Friends describe themselves as sounding like Radiohead, Bright Eyes, Incubus and Third Eye Blind, though maybe they’ve never read that aloud. That’s up for rebuke when they come to the Green Bean on Friday with Alicia B. & the Now. The Lacs, on the other hand, are champions of truth in advertising, and they’re at Bucked Up Super Saloon. David Allan Coe tries to leave his past further in the rearview at Ziggy’s, while it’s an electronicaganza at the Blind Tiger with Zoogma and Sounduo. Folk favorites Megan Jean & the KFB celebrate their album release with the Numbers and Yank Yer Blue Jeans at the Flatiron. Wayland Lynn Gray just put out a nice collection of American rust on record, and he’ll join Lee Terry & the Near Strangers with Allen Peterson and at the Garage and New Orleans jazz-funk collective play Ten O One with the Heritage.
You might know Unifier by another name until they were hit with a cease and desist over their former name by failed Chicago pop-rock band Future Ghosts. The Greensboro lads have retooled and will be releasing their debut album under the new name at the Blind Tiger on Saturday. Baroque-folk quintet Doug Mains & the City Folk return to the Green Bean, while The Birdland Big Band performs sticky arrangements of Lew Anderson, Chick Corea, etc. at the High Point Theatre. Psych-rockers Bosnian Pyramids join Honey Rider and Ghost Wolves at the Garage, and there are more new album celebrations by surly Raleighite Kenny Roby at the Flatiron and local pop outfit Suitcase at Turntable.