The news is a couple of weeks old, but the Triad recently lost a musical titan, and an unsung one at that, with the passing of Clarence “June” McMillian, Sr. Fifty-eight years ago, he and three friends founded a group by the name of the Mighty Wonders of Winston-Salem that would become one of the most ubiquitous voices in southern gospel. The group was best known for their worship service performances, but would occasionally flex their prodigious vocal and instrumental muscle in the secular arena, like when they performed at the 2012 FloydFest. McMillian was the last of its four original members, and has been interned at Bethlehem AME Zion Church cemetery.
The Blue Roots Experiment has evolved from a stout jazz ensemble into a dynamic hip-hop and soul outfit, and they’ll put one on at The Blind Tiger on Wednesday. At Ziggy’s, Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus play one for suicide prevention foundation TWLOHA. It seems inappropriate to segue by mentioning the second album by psych-rockers People’s Blues of Richmond, Good Time Suicide, is pretty great, but that’s what just happened. They’re at The Blind Tiger on Thursday. 17Days Greensboro has kicked off in earnest, and one of the coolest musical performances comes from Baltimore 10-piece fusion ensemble Three Red Crowns, who’ll play the UNC-G Recital Hall. Swimm are no relation to DIIV, but they did eat up the repeated letter band-naming trend with gusto at the same time. They’re at the Garage with surf-pop outfit Fay- Roy, while the Gate City Getdown crew spin funk at City Market in downtown Greensboro.
The Triangle-circa-1990 occupies the Triad on Friday night, with southern surf gods Southern Culture on the Skids at The Blind Tiger, and resurrected power-pop heroes the Connells with the Backsliders at Ziggy’s. Tyler Nail has maintained one of the strongest, most steadfast presences in the area’s acoustic folk scene, and he’s releasing a brand new album called “Feathers” at Krankies with a five-piece band to reflect the richness of his words. Donald Glaude is one of the best hard house DJs in the world, and he’s spinning at Gabriel’s.
On Saturday, Asheville garage-psyche provocateurs The Tills release their shiny, red seven-inch (not like that!) at the Garage with support on many fronts from Estrangers. Internet rap sensation Turquoise Jeep smang it, girl (smash it and bang) IRL at The Blind Tiger. !