Old Crow Means New Shows at the Millennium Center
Oh, how we’ve missed the Millennium Center. It’s been conspicuously absent from the winter music scene for the last few months, but it’s coming back in a big way on Friday. One of the top-selling and most admired bluegrass acts to come out of this decade, Old Crow Medicine Show (www.crowmedicine.com), will headline a date that features another rising talent. You might have caught the Felice Brothers (www.thefelicebrothers.com) at their November performance at the Garage as a part of the club’s Catch a Rising Star series. If you did, then it’s safe to assume that I’ll see you at this one also. The folk-rockers from upstate New York absolutely killed the packed crowd with their rowdy, back-alley brawlers and drunken, misty-eyed bawlers. They’ll be playing in a supporting role to Old Crow, however, as the old-time/folk/bluegrass juggernaut rarely plays second fiddle to anyone within their musical dominion, no pun intended. They’ve drawn big billing at Bonnaroo, Telluride and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and their most recent album, Tennessee Pusher, spent a good part of 2008 at the top of the Billboard bluegrass charts. Tickets for the performance are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and music starting at 8 p.m.
Lots happening at the Werehouse
It’s a mild-mannered coffee house that goes by the name of Krankies with free wi-fi and some of the best brews in the Triad by day. But at night, it’s been known to transform into a howling, snarling beast known as the Werehouse and feature some of the most eclectic music acts to come through the area. It also has a couple of shows of interest booked in the coming week. First, and most timely, avant-garde hip-hop duo Brother Reade (www.myspace.com/brotherreade) will perform Wednesday 4. I know that’s the same day that this issue hit stands, leaving only one day of relevance for this and that’s my bad. But if you’re one of those cool cats who reads us hot off of the press, then consider yourself as having an “in” on one of the hippest acts to originate from Winston-Salem. The duo work mainly out of the Los Angeles area these days and have been featured in music mags all over the country. They’ll be playing the enormous South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas this spring, so consider it a treat to check them out at a small, intimate venue beforehand. If this one passes you by, consider the Friday show featuring spacey indie group Distrails (www.myspace.com/distrails), the folksy Willie Breeding (www.myspace.com/williebreedingmusic) and psychedelic bluesman Ryan Gustafson (www.myspace.com/ryangustafsonmusic). The Brother Reade show is $7 and starts around 8 p.m., while the Friday night gigs also start at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Who were those masked men?
What better sums up the state of affairs across the nation that the title of Slipknot’s (www.slipknot1.com) current tour and album? Layoffs, Madoffs and economic drop-offs have left our national confidence in turmoil, but the masked nine-piece hardcore outfit feels your pain. The All Hope Is Gone world tour marks the band’s first headline run in America since the release of the album of the same back in August and it includes a stop over at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday. Despite being their most experimental work to date, All Hope is Gone debuted at the very top of the Billboard album charts and has received generally favorable reviews. Performing in support of Slipknot is prog-rock concept band Coheed & Cambria (www.coheedandcambria.com), whose sci-fi themed albums revolve around comic books written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez call The Amory Wars. Also on this bill is the highly technical thrash-metal band Trivium (www.myspace.com/trivium), who, after having their first album almost universally panned by critics, bounced back with several rather solid efforts. Tickets for the show are $38.50 and music starts around 7 pm.