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Evan Olson at Chumley’s, Hot Politics at the Garage

by Heather MacIntyre

The weekends usually start earlier in the heat of the season, which is good news for venues, touring bands and you. Thursday night is just a prime example of more free shows that are going to be weaved into the summer schedule for those who might find the entertainment scene more inaccessible, spending money on gas, entry and a couple drinks. Thursday at Chumley’s West, formerly known as Quigley’s at 104 N. Westgate Drive in Greensboro (myspace.com/quigleyspubgreensboro) there will be a personal performance at 10:30 p.m. from the Triad’s own Universal recording artist Evan Olson (evanolson.com). Is he new to your attention? Check out some of his better-known hits like “Road To Happiness,” “June” and “Special Thing” on his MySpace page (myspace.com/evanolsonmusic). His powerful, romantic, pop-rock tone has a wholesome vibe and a radio-hit catch to it that you don’t even notice until you’re annoying friends later on in the evening, humming away choruses that never left your consciousness. If your summer hasn’t started yet and you have to wait until Friday to go out, you also have a chance to see him in in downtown Greensboro at Churchill’s on Elm Street.

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Friday night there will be a groovy show going on in Winston-Salem for everyone at the Garage (the-garage.ws), which is located between Trade and Liberty streets in the heart of the downtown Arts District. Hot Politics (myspace.com/hotpolitics) will be performing their popular set, as well as mixing in the new album, just released this month. But let’s say we add a little more hip hop and soul with this jazz and funk? Taking the trip from Greenville, Blount Harvey (myspace.com/blountharvey) will be the special guest of the evening, bringing more saxophone and rhymes to the Friday night table. But who really knows what’s in store for their performance? Will Jill Scott be joining them? What about other Triad friends like the Urban Sophisticates? Save a dollar a day until then – it’s only seven bucks to get in.

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I’m sure there will be a few waves of carpools heading over to Chapel Hill on Monday. South Georgia is allowing us to borrow King Khan & the Shrines (myspace.com/kingkhantheshrines) for the evening at the Local 506 (local506.com) to rock out at our discretion (all night). This evening is only a sliver of their full North American tour – a bad-mamma-jamma funk/soul/rock-and-roll run-down. What would this show be without some Carolina blood in it? No worries – opening for this crazy crew is Chapel Hill’s own Spider Bags (myspace.com/spiderbags). A gritty mix of country, folk, and garage rock, this Birdman Records band just finished a spring tour in time to relax for the summer. So check them out, as your next chance isn’t until August in Durham. The show is at 9:30 p.m., but get there a few minutes early, and make sure you were born after 1990 or you’ll be singin’ the blues out on Franklin Street alone.

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