FORECAST: Upcoming events that are worth checking out
This ain’t no party and this ain’t no disco, it ‘s David Byrne It’s always frustrating to me when a musician goes solo and plays material created with his original band, especially when the rest of that band is completely able and willing to play together again. Such is the case with the Talking Heads and frontman David Byrne (www.davidbyrne.com), who seems content to leave his former life on the table in search of further musical exploration. Byrne has stated that he and his former bandmates are “miles apart musically,” despite their expressed wishes to reunite for another tour. But displaying narcissistic tendencies and possessing groundbreaking talent are two mutually exclusive conditions and Byrne may be a classic example of that state of being. Byrne and all of his greatness, however, will be gracing North Carolina for two dates next week as part of the Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno Tour. Byrne — sans Eno — will appear in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall on Dec. 8, followed by a stop at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte on Dec. 10. The tour will focus primarily on Byrne’s recent release Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, his first collaboration with the famed ambient/new-wave producer since 1981. However, Talking Heads fans can still expect to hear music from their previous work together, including material from classics Remain in Light, More Songs About Buildings and Food and Fear of Music. Both performances start at 8 p.m. and tickets are $44, though there is a $34 price tier for the Charlotte show.
Allman progeny spends the weekend in the Piedmont
I die inside a little every time I hear someone malign the Allman Brothers Band as a shell of what they once were and a mere cover band of the old tunes. The joke that is Lynyrd Skynyrd, they ain’t. They’re much more than just a band, they’re an institution of American music firmly rooted just as much in the future as they are the past. Though the core of the Allmans has been relatively solid since the untimely death of guitarist Duane Allman in 1971, it’s the musical offshoots that have proliferated in their wake that denote the band’s true importance. Their storied history includes the introduction of current guitarist Derek Trucks, nephew of co-founder Butch Trucks, the rise to jam-scene prominence of Warren Haynes and the growth of the other acts that each member is heavily involved with at any given time. It seems now that the second generation of Allmans are starting to stake their claim to musical importance and one of them will be playing several shows in the Piedmont this weekend. Devon Allman, son of Gregg, is bringing his band Honeytribe (www.myspace.com/honeytribe) to Winston-Salem’s Club Oasis (www.nccluboasis.com) this Thursday for a night of blistering guitar and gritty jazz-influenced Southern rock. Sound familiar? After that, he’ll be heading up Highway 311 to the secluded Hollywood Hollow (www.myspace.com/ hollywood_hollow) in Lawsonville for a two-night run covering Friday and Saturday. The Club Oasis show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8, while both Hollywood Hollow events start at 9:30 p.m. and cost $10.
Citified plays the Flatiron
If you’re in the mood for something with more of a local flavor this weekend, head on over to the Flatiron (www.myspace. com/theflatirongreensboro) this Saturday. It’s one of the more under-rated hangouts in Greensboro and one of the few places in town that features live music at least five nights a week. They’ll be featuring Citified (www.myspace.com/citified), a former YES! Weekly Artist of the Week, on Saturday night along with a couple of other local and regional guests. They’re currently taking a break from recording the follow-up EP to The Meeting After the Meeting to play a few shows around North Carolina and Virginia, though this may be their only Triad show until the album is finished. Richmond indie rock band At the Stars (www.myspace.com/ atthestarsrock), who are also recording a new EP, will precede Citified. Get there early and check out J. Neas (www.qfsmayhem.blogspot. com/) doing an opening acoustic set. You may know him better from his radio show “J’s Indie Rock Mayhem” on Guilford College’s fine radio station WQFS FM 90.9. The music starts at 8 p.m. and cost for admission should be around $5. Harvey’s Kitchen (www.monkeywhale.com) will be out shooting video, so dress nice lest you end up on the interwebs.