If you get the notion, one of the best Tunes at Noons of the summer goes down this Wednesday in Center City Park with Penrose native Dave Desmelik, whose peculiar time signatures and narrative style recall Tom Paxton lil’ bit. It’s a good night for reggae-roots fusion fans with Matt Irie & Friends at the Blind Tiger with Alter Ego, Hero, Tenacious & Ty Bru, and Derek Chase; Passafire with My Brother Skyler and Stop Motion at Greene Street Club; and a free one by Charlotte’s Simplified at Ziggy’s. Otherwise, Holy Ghost Tent Revival pay a visit to the Flatiron to debut their brand new, Monkeywhale-produced music video.
The first step to understanding Laura Thurston’s folk collaboration Wildwood Flyers is to say the name in your thickest southern Swang; the next is to see them at the Green Bean with Something with Trees on Thursday. There’s not much thinking required for Chapel Hill native and ex-Idol Anoop Desai with hip-pop group Phive at the Blind Tiger, and rockers OverReaction Jackson complicate it even less at the Garage.
The Blind Tiger has one of those “hell yes” moments with arena-sized indie pop band Surfer Blood with Coast Ghost. It’s swingers-only night at the Garage with Karon Click & the Hot Licks, while Machine Funk covers Panic at Ziggy’s. The Green Bean has pop-soul by the Jason Connelly Band with be the moon and Men On Earth. The Deluge have a new great new record out called Elephant Graveyard, and they’re playing Blue Bourbon Jack’s. At Summer On Trade, Vagabond Saints play a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Tony Mason brings country to the city at Johnny and June’s on Saturday with Eric Lee Beddingfield, who’s maybe the next with maybe the next big thing out of Nashville. The Blind Tiger has prog-minded indie rockers House of Fools, while the Green Bean has jazz-laced Afrobeat by Mamadou’s Fantastic Band with the unknown Wareware and Possum Jenkins brewing up some Carolina-cana at Ziggy’s.
On Sunday, the Blind Tiger hosts a fundraiser for Slim Wilkie with music all day by the Allison King Band, Gooseberry Jam, Stained Glass Canoe and several more. The ever humble Boston rapper Mike Biggs, who compares his style to Jay-Z, Andre 3000, TI and Beanie Sigel, performs at the Green Bean with Jessie Latham. On Tuesday, the Blind Tiger brings in something for the metal kids with Hate Your Guts with Swamp, Narratives and Born Hollow.