Upcoming shows you should check out
UKULELE MASTER JOINS THE WINSTON-SALEM SYMPHONY
If there’s such thing as the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro is it. Though the Hawaiian-born virtuoso’s career pre-dates YouTube, he was one of the first artists to really benefit from the dorm room “Holy crap, look at this guy play” tendencies of collegians in the early to mid 2000s. Covers of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Thriller,” “Let’s Dance” and nods to the great Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” flooded video queues and today, Shimabukuro is more than just a web wonder. After 10 albums, a film score and warm acceptance by the worldwide jazz community, Shimabukuro is at the forefront of one of Hawaii’s two most distinctive sounds, with slack-key guitar being the other. The Winston-Salem Symphony will help reveal another side of him this Saturday at the Reynolds Auditorium, as he will appear as the featured artist for the inaugural performance of the 2012-2013 Plugged-in Pops series. The program will include many of the pieces for which he’s already known and arranged by conductor Bob Moody and the full symphony. Tickets range from $17 to $62, and the program starts at 7:30 p.m.
JAMS OLD AND NEW AT ZIGGY’S
As one of the most eclectic bands of the early 2000s jam band craze, the San Fran quartet Tea Leaf Green are one of the few to truly excel across multiple specific genres. While most of their peers were turning rock, funk, jazz and the kitchen sink into an indistinctive mash of riffs, Tea Leaf Green were committed to considerable explorations of each style in relation to each other. Reed Mathis, bassist and all-around musical polymath, in particular continues to be underrated for his range, and has been integral in the band’s evolution from strictly folk-rock experimentalism into hints of funk, Southern rock and even metal on occasion over the course of seven albums. They’re still as prolific as ever, both in the studio and on the road, which will lead them into Ziggy’s on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with a band who represents the next iteration of what most would’ve called a jam band eight years ago. Moon Taxi is as vital a musical force as there is today; a Kings of Leon without the cheese, a My Morning Jacket without the pomp, a Widespread Panic without the magnitude. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
DR. DOG AT THE HAW RIVER BALLROOM
Q: What does it take to be lonesome? A: Nothing at all. Easily one of the summer’s most unrelenting earwigs, that call and response from Dr. Dog’s “Lonesome” is most indicative of the wordplay on their highly abstruse new album Be the Void. It’s an aesthetic they’ve arrived at through tweaking, distilling and even overhauling from their two homemade initial releases to their uproarious official debut to now, and their faithful fan base has been happy to come along for the ride. The terms of their charming take on ’60s psychedelic rock is dependent upon those esoteric lyrical fancies as much by their often extraordinary instrumental abilities. Consider that drummer Eric Slick served as the stick man last year for one of the most challenging guitarists around, King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, to have an idea of their range. Their current tour in support of Be the Void will bring them to the Haw River Ballroom this Monday, Nov. 5, supported by the ethereal harmonies of husband and wife duo Cotton Jones. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m.