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Congrats go out to Cesar Oviedo, bassist for the Monkey Mind and keyboardist for West End Mambo, who just recently received his U.S. citizenship. He’ll celebrate Wednesday night at the Blind Tiger with Monkey Mind and Boston reggae rock sixpiece Spiritual Rez, while Best Original Band winners the Heritage plant their flag a little deeper with the second of their weekly jams at Ziggy’s.

Garage head honcho Tucker Tharpe is serious about birthdays, and he celebrates turning 33 with four-on-the-floor dancerock from Black Taxi and incredibly fetching folk-pop from twin sister act Good Graeff. There’s always a silver lining to the melancholy punk of Boston’s Somos on their standout debut Temple of Plenty, and they’ll follow up an excellent turn at the Carolina Theatre earlier this year with a show at Greene Street Club. Turntable has their monthly songwriting battle royale. Southern rock shredder Shane Pruitt brings his friends along for a night at High Rock Outfitters, while Asheville funk rock outfit the Fritz hook up with Dirty Laundry, who are hopefully not a Don Henley cover band, at the Blind Tiger.

Creed frontman Scott Stapp is playing Ziggy’s on Friday the 13th — what could possibly go wrong? The first 50 fans at the door get a free Lament Configuration. The real Hellraisers are at the Green Bean, as riot grrl revisionists Daddy Issues join up with R Father. Where’s Rick Amme when you need him? The Vagabond Saints Society are going to make someone’s dreams come trueooh, yoo-ooh when they play a full night of Hall and Oates hits at the Garage. Asheville’s Wilhelm Brothers make mighty tunes from cello and guitar, and they’re playing Turntable. Jazzen and Marcus Anderson play only the smooth stuff at Downtown Jazz, and for righteous roots folk, check out Driftwood at Doodad Farm.

Country legend Vince Gill headlines the Wildfire Music Festival at the White Oak Amphitheatre to benefit the I’ll Fly Away Foundation along with the Greencards. Charlotte’s Sam the Lion play spacedout dream pop at Turntable. Brooklyn’s Feverdream play punk with less noble intentions, and they’re visiting New York Pizza with Jews & Catholics. The Green Bean has gloom-pop by the Pinkerton Raid and psych-folk from This Frontier Needs Heroes. The Family opens up the Summer on Trade series with endless jams, while Clark Stern & the Musical Rewards shift from blues to swing at the Vintage Theatre. Golden Oldies explorers the Rewinders and the Winston- Salem Symphony play a make-up date from the Valentine’s storm at Reynolds Auditorium. !

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