Upcoming shows you should check out
SLOWHAND, AND THE BADDEST BASS PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY
There’s a strong case to be made that no city’s name has ever been sung on a live record with more naked reverence than, of all places, Salemburg, NC when soul legend Donny Hathaway did so on his immortal 1972 release Live. The special feeling the Sampson County native had in his heart of course stemmed from one of its most beloved sons, who he lovingly — and accurately — referred to on “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)” as “…the baaaaddest bass player in the country.” The solo that Willie Weeks would lay down on that track was evidence of that status — verbose, playful and funky, and most significantly, intricate without being a technical slog. That particular performance was a stew of solos from his herculean backing band, and that Weeks would be the climax among titans like Cornell Dupree was more than a simple honorific. Today, Weeks’ laurels include being George Harrison’s preferred bassist for his solo records, as well as Eric Clapton’s longtime touring bassist, who will not coincidentally pay a visit to Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Wednesday, with support from a reinvigorated Wallflowers, of course led by Jakob Dylan. Tickets start at $57.75 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
THE BITCH IS BACK WITH ALL THE HITS
The history of tour rider requests includes the extravagant (Jay- Z’s personal cigar roller on his current tour with Justin Timberlake), the curious (the Bloodhound Gang’s need for a fridge magnet of local interest), and the grotesque (Gorgoroth’s once wanted 200 sheep heads impaled on stakes), but there’s nothing that compares to the fastidiousness of true divas, and Sir Elton John is among them. His rider for the Brazilian leg of his current tour insisted upon a separate hotel room for not only his band and entourage, but for his collection of glasses, cooled to 60 degrees Fahrenheit — peculiar, but not entirely so for someone who has sold 250 million albums, and especially not for someone who has the tendency to sell out rooms the size of those that Elton John does. The sellout warning has been issued for his Saturday night performance at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial, which he last visited almost eight years ago for his Peachtree Road tour. This time, despite having a new album on the horizon with a new soul-centric backing band, he’s celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man, or the 18-month period when he released the songs that would make him the pop icon that he is. It’s a greatest hits set for sure, and there will be a lot of them. Tickets start at $47.65 and the show is at 8 p.m.
A BENEFIT FOR THE CREATIVE CENTER
With a handful of solo EPs that tag him as an indie-pop songwriter slanting ever more decisively toward blue-eyed soul, Joey Barnes hasn’t exactly been incognito since he was let go mid-tour from Chris Daughtry’s post-”Idol” business enterprise (an experience of which he seems to have interesting opinions). His new album and first with his band Luna Arcade, a double LP entitled Introspect: A Dance Where Worlds Collide, is his most far-ranging work yet, and will be given an official release at the Blind Tiger this Sunday at a benefit for educational nonprofit the Creative Center. It’s a full day of music, with Luna Arcade headlining a bill that includes the Marcus Horth Trio, AM Rodeo, Sourwood Sweet, the Red Dirt Revelators and Mike Garrigan and Mark Kano. Suggested donation is $10 and the music starts at 2 p.m.