Good Graeff Returns to Winston-Salem
Upcoming shows you should check out by Bryn Hermansen and Britt Chester
Tuesday, July 14, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127
If MTV has done anything right in the past three years (…anything at all), it’s having recognized the native Florida band Good Graeff as something to keep an eye out for. Twin sisters Brooke and Brit Graeff have gone from busking the corners of their hometown to accepting invitations to play at local house shows, to touring the world and gaining new fans in each country. The two separated several years ago to pursue different career paths as Brooke moved to Canada and Brit traveled internationally only to find herself settling in Vietnam. After reaching out to her sister to join her overseas, Brooke dropped everything and the two were reunited, picking up where they left off musically. Since then, with the help of a Kickstarter that raised them $10,000, they’ve released a handful of music videos, albums, and countless interviews and spreads. In March, the indie-pop group left a lasting impression on Winston-Salem at the inaugural DashPop music festival. Leaving the crowd begging for more, Good Graeff is returning to the stage at the Garage this Tuesday. With Brooke’s unique upbeat vocal transitions and chord progressions and Brit’s classically fueled cello riffs, it’s not something you’ll want to miss out on, especially for a second time. Show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets to the show are $10. (Author note: You’ll want to bring extra cash for merchandise.) – BH
DSB 19: PRODUCER BATTLE
Saturday, July 11, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888
Ed E. Ruger and the Iconoclast crew bring to the decks the platform for new and established beat makers to present their latest batch of freshness. DSB 19 is a long-running event that has seen a lot of local and regional support throughout the hip-hop and orchestral musician scene. As it stands there are 16 producers competing in the battle, some returning champs (Skates, Scottie Royal, and Millie Vaughn, to name a few), and some newcomers. There are headlining performances from Arsenik, OC with B2, Jewce, Kris & Chris, and Guilty County, which will be on display between the rounds. Producers are given the guidelines, which includes usage of a chosen a capella (this time around it’s JayZ’s “Encore”) which is for the fourth and final round. It’s important to note that this competition is strictly for your beats, not your rapping skills. If you can rap, good on ya’, but this is for the producers who grind hours and hours at keyboards, synths, and other tools to create soundtracks that make your head nod. The winner will take home a $400 gift certificate to Guitar Center Pro, and the runner-up gets $100 gift certificate to the same place. Doors to the venue open at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. The battle starts at 10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $8 in advance and go up to $10 day of the show. – BC !