Last week, columnist Ogi Overman filled in for me with a Tunes feature about Greensboro country singer Lisa Dames’ brilliantly unorthodox approach to the music business, detailing how she has persisted in building a loyal and broad following despite a tepid response from the industry by lining up independent corporate promotional deals.
And that’s because people genuinely love her. Her latest convert, Overman reported, is Waffle House franchise owner Gary Fly, who recently put Dames’ singles on the jukeboxes in all his restaurants paired with posters in the windows and a series of scheduled meet-and-greet events.
Proof of Dames popularity came a day after Overman’s article was posted on YES! Weekly’s website when the singer sent us an e-mail informing us that after she linked to the article from her own site she received a message from our internet provider, 1Up Software, informing her that traffic from her site was being blocked. “Your IP address has been tracked visiting one or more websites and requesting content too frequently,” it read. “The number of visits or article views were so frequent and in such a short amount of time, your IP address was flagged as a possible bot, spider, crawler, spyware, or some other malware.” Wow!
We make fun of 1980s (and 1970s) hair-metal bands a lot in the offices of YES! Weekly, but the simple truth is that big venues across the country book these bands because the people demand it. The Greensboro Coliseum announces Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Styx will perform on March 27.
Thursday, Dan Greene & the Fever Dream play the Blind Tiger in Greensboro. The following night, founding father of North Carolina folk Doc Watson performs at Greensboro’s Carolina Theatre with support from David Holt. At this late hour, you’re probably going to have to pull some strings to get tickets for this gig. The after-party goes down at the Tiger with Jackass Flats and Family Eversol. On the urban music tip (read: hip hop and R&B), Solcetfre, Ed. E. Ruger, Maxx, Ty Bru, Last Ones Left, Curve the Chaos, Will Zay and Constantine share billing at Greene Street on the same night.
There’s plenty happening in Winston-Salem as well on Friday. Four Bitchin’ Babes bring “Hormonal Imbalance… A Mood Swinging Musical Revue” to the NC School of the Arts.
And in the Cancer City dives: St. Peter Pocket Veto, Doom Ribbons and Holy Ghost Enema play the Werehouse. Talisha & Doug Williams, the Martinsville, Va. duo who won favor opening for Lucinda Williams in Greensboro last September, play the early show at the Garage, while the Darnell Woodies fill in the late slot. Justin & the Cosmics, a Nashville act who pull off an affecting combination of grunge and surf, show up at Elliott’s Revue.
On Saturday, Bucktown Kickdown and Chris Volpe play early at the Garage, and Audioform, who placed second in the defunct Ziggy’s battle of the bands last fall, handle the graveyard shift. Elliott’s Revue showcases Teradactyl, a Durham techno-geek, hip-hop outfit.
And on Jan. 15, the Nightbirds appear at Elliott’s Revue.
Jan. 15 is also the night to check out movies, starting with Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars at the Garage. The documentary tells the story of the fabulous Afro-beat band whose members coalesced as exiles in Guinea after a violent attack on the capital city of Freetown forced a panicked exodus. If you prefer some celluloid comfort food, then your best bet is The Blues Brothers, showing the same night at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.