Upcoming shows you should check out
COME HUNGRY, POSSUM’S COOKIN’
As itinerant as it’s been in its history, Possum Jenkins’ annual Thanksgiving show is about as close as most Winston-Salemites get to attending a high school reunion. It started at the old Rubber Soul with Dave Brewer’s band Six Foot Groove, and eventually matriculated to Ziggy’s as he and his West Forsyth friends joined East Forsyth friends in forming Possum Jenkins. With Possum Jenkins making hay in Boone, their Thanksgiving-time return to Winston- Salem nurtured a reunion atmosphere to the point that it ultimately became a tradition. It has found its home at Ziggy’s once again, where they’ll be joined by jamgrass quintet the Deluge. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door and the music starts at 9 p.m.
THE GATHERING RETURNS TO TRIAD STAGE
When the Grammy nominations are announced on December 5, there’s a solid possibility that one of Greensboro’s own will be up for a golden gramophone. Laurelyn Dossett’s The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale In Six Songs is on the ballot for Best Folk Album, and though the Grammys are typically stingy when it comes to holiday releases, this isn’t a typical seasonal throwaway by any standard. Its back end is weighted with delicately rendered standards and weathered originals that sound as if they could have been composed by Sandys himself, but its heart is the eponymous six-song cycle that marries the sacred with the intimate. It’s a profoundly original work, something that’s a rarity in the holiday genre, and its beauty is magnified a cast of players with their own Grammy hardware. When Dossett brings The Gathering back to the Triad Stage for a trio of performances this Friday and Saturday, she’ll be joined again by Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, vocalist and violinist of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops; the Nashville Bluegrass Band’s Mike Compton, himself a two-time winner; songwriter Joe Newberry; and bassist Jason Sypher. For ticket information, visit triadstage.org.
IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, FREEBIES FOR TOUBAB KREWE AND JOHN BROWN’S BODY
Playing multiple shows in the same market in a short window is a sure way to oversaturate for many bands, but maybe not for Toubab Krewe. They’ll always be grounded in the fusion of Afrobeat and Appalachian folk that they practically trademarked in the mid- 2000s, but new nuances to their sound seem to surface with every ensuing tour. They sponged up dub influences during their time spent with Earl “Chinna” Smith and over the summer and added a new element to their repertoire via work with conguero Pedrito Martinez over the summer. Their Nov. 2 visit with the Broadcast brought out their soulful side and now that they’re on tour with progressive roots collective John Brown’s Body, expect more frenetic tempos in their onstage collaborations with the ska-minded Long Island band. Both come to the Blind Tiger next Wednesday, Nov. 28 and will you look at this, we have pair of tickets to give away for it. Tweet me @YESRyan and they might just be yours. Tickets are otherwise $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and the music starts at 10 p.m.