Wednesday night at Greensboro College’s Huggins Performance Center, a group of local jazz and blues all-stars form Bump City East, a tribute to one of the all-time great funk horn sections, Tower of Power. Like the entry-level waves that lend Los Angeles’s Soft Swells their name, the synths and seductive guitar reverb on the band’s brand new record, “Floodlights,” are really easy to get into. It will play it at the Green Bean.
Country songwriter Brett Eldredge already has a couple of No. 1 singles through his young career, and once “Mean to Me” catches on, he could have number three. Catch him at Ziggy’s on Thursday with CAM before he really blows up.
It is a big week for album release parties, and that includes indie-folk quartet Shiloh Hill debuting “Too Much, Too Soon” at Turntable on Friday with Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends. Delurk Gallery has a great one for pedal heads with sets from Jphono1, Eddie Garcia’s noisy 1970s Film Stock, Eric Gilstrap’s solo industrial project DOLLARS, and lake Isle side band Sun Swan at Delurk Gallery. There’ll be more crust on the jazz than the pizza when Joy On Fire and Pretty Odd play NYP. Two of the better thirdgeneration emo bands, Citizen with You Blew It!, hit Greene Street Club. Tyler Nail leads a jam at the Garage, while grunge heads 3 Quarters Dead debut a new music video at Ziggy’s. Dance, but not too closely, to the Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble at Christ United Methodist Church. Richmond honky-tonkers Red light Rodeo play the Green Bean. The NC Jaycees hold a Burn Center benefit at Southern Smoke Eatery with Americana from Shoemaker & Estep, the Next of Kin, and the Time Flyers.
Must Be the Holy Ghost and Aquatic Ceremony are one of the most exciting acts to come out of Winston-Salem in the past two years, and they’ll make it a Saturday night to remember with proggy Athens trio Bear Girl at the Garage. According to Yes! Weekly’s latest Best Of issue, the Triad’s current favorite band, country rockers Big Daddy Love, release a new album called “This Time Around,” and will party at Ziggy’s with the Heritage.
On Sunday, bossa nova chanteuse Jane Monheit celebrates the music of Judy Garland at the Carolina Theatre to close out 17Days, while the Healing Blues project celebrates its debut namesake album release at the Lea Center at Greensboro College. !