The boys from Boone whose performing and recording outfit conducts trade under the moniker of Possum Jenkins, struggling under the burden of influence equal parts George Jones and Son Volt, headline Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday in Cancer City the resurrected Elliott’s Revue showcases Danger Boy Smash. Whoever they are, they have a cool name.
Elliott’s Revue also presents the only Thanksgiving Day show to cross my radar, featuring Love Craft and Sugar in the Dirt.
The day after fatting time, beach music standard-bearers the Chairmen of the Board go into executive session at the N Club in Greensboro. If that’s too classy, there’s a punk rock-and-roll, double-trouble bill at Greene Street with Queen Anne’s Revenge and Devastation Proclamation, who will be joined by Waiting for Wednesday, Down on Luck and the Big Attack.
Also on Friday, Coheed & Cambria headline a bill at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem that also includes Clutch and the Fall of Troy. If you haven’t heard of Coheed & Cambria, they’re kind of like Rush filtered through an aching emo scree. Their thematic presentation suggests a crypto-Christian posture as evidenced by the heroic mythmaking described in their press kit: “[The new album] No World for Tomorrow marks the apex and final chapter of ‘The Armory Wars,’ the conceptual, apocalyptic storyline which runs through the bands previous albums… and chronicles the trials and tribulations of main characters Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon and their children as they fight to save civilization.
If you’re closer to 40 than 14, you might rather catch the Bo Stevens and Mad Tea Party at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Friday.
Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25 marks Thanksgathering, the beloved and sadly final annual celebration at Ziggy’s. Friday’s hootenanny features the Ruins, the Pranksters and Anonymous. On Saturday – clearly the big day – Perpetual Groove, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the Mantras, Carolina Clearwater, Silence the Sky, Native Sound and more bands yet unannounced fill the hours. An all-day potluck supper takes place upstairs complemented by music from the Radials. Sunday is it, kaput, done. Billed as “the last supper,” the ceremony will be officiated by Perpetual Groove and guests. It will be Ziggy’s finale before the shed on Baity Street is abandoned to Wake Forest University’s wrecking ball and the venue relocates downtown.
Bluesman Jeff Norwood, who claims home-bases in both eastern Mississippi and South Carolina, takes up an intermittent residency at Bimini’s in High Point on Friday and Saturday. He’s got shows booked there through August of next year. “Bimini’s… go figure, huh?” Norwood says. “I don’t play any Jimmy Buffet tunes. Amazing!”
Completing the Thanksgiving weekend hangover, the Garage presents a concert to celebrate the release of Bob Carlin’s book, The Birth of the Banjo on Saturday.
If you miss Jeff Norwood’s debut at Bimini’s he’ll be sticking around Furniture City for a gig at the Red Lion Pub on Nov. 25.
On Nov. 27, New York-based pianist Bob Rodriguez performs with the Drew Hays Trio at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium.