Rest in piece Pat Freitag, a longtime Piedmont Blues Preservation Society trustee, a Keepin’ the Blues Alive honoree, and friend of the blues in every capacity. Cue Elmore James’ “Lost Woman Blues”. The Heritage just won top honors as Best Original Band and Best New Local Band, not Best Cover Band — really, it’s right there in print — and they’re bringing back the open jam that helped get them there on Wednesday at Ziggy’s. San Fran folk singer Melody Walker is actually much better than the cover of her album Gold Rush Goddess would suggest, and she’s playing the Roots Revival Stage in Winston-Salem with her recording partner Jacob Groopman.
On Thursday, runners-up to Best Original band, the fast picking country rock quintet Big Daddy Love, play High Rock Outfitters. Not to be confused with Big Daddy Mojo, recipients of our Best Cover band nod and just a completely different group altogether. They’re actually playing FlipFlop’s Beach Bar on Friday if you’re unsure. Friday is also Blind Tiger honcho Doc’s birthday, and he’s bringing the Jerry Garcia Band to help party. Note for the easily confused: Jerry Garcia isn’t in that band. Check last week for a review of Dexter Romweber’s excellent Images 13 before he and sister Sara play the Garage, while Asheville old-time songbird Nora Jane Struthers brings her band the Party Line to High Rock Outfitters. Elsewhere hosts the launch party for “I Don’t Do Boxes”, a new LGBTQfocused magazine, with performances by rapper Bootz Durango, folk charmer Laila Nur and Miah Luz, a new project from gloom-pop songwriter Jeremy Lee Harris. Turnstile post-grunge fixtures Tantric keep chugging along, and they’re playing Bucked Up Super Saloon in support of their new record 37 Channels.
The Trashettes and the Girlfriends at the Garage on Saturday night is something like a poor man’s Waka Flocka Flame verse. Turntable are equal opportunity with country darling Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends.
Must Be the Holy pares down the visuals to accommodate the small space at Reanimator, though Human Pippi may knock down a few walls for him.
It’s clear on his band’s eponymous 2013 record that Justin Kunkel-Schuster of Water Liars enjoys taking his cues from Neil Young, but hear for yourself when the Mississippi folk-rock trio plays the Garage on Monday with Jonathan Loos. On Tuesday at High Rock Outfitters, one of the best open jams gets better with the Camel City Collective featuring Scott Sawyer. !