by Ryan Snyder

It’s only water, I swear! This one wins my award for best band name to make it for over a decade. Despite the icky imagery conjured up by their moniker, Atlanta’s Groove Stain ( has been doing the reggae-funk-punk thing since 1997 and has become highly reputed for their incredibly energetic live shows. Your chance to see for yourself will come at the Garage this Friday. The band blends crunchy guitar riffs, heartfelt vocals, explosive horn lines and thumping drum-and-bass beats into a lethal musical concoction that converts almost everyone who hears them instantly to fans. Over the past decade, Groove Stain has shared the stage with a large list of national and international touring acts such as Ludacris, Eek a Mouse, Long Beach Dub Allstars, SOJA, Kottonmouth Kings, Phunk Junkies, Rehab, Heavy Mojo, the Expendables and the Toasters to name a few. They’ll be performing alongside one of my favorite local bands Terrance & the Tallboys ( Cover for the night is $5 and the show starts at around 10 p.m., but make sure to apply a liberal amount of Scotchgard to your clothes before attending to ward off any unfortunate accidents.

6 Day Bender, followed by a 12-step program

We’ve all had those prolonged periods of excessive boozing at some point. They happen around spring breaks, holiday weekends, college basketball tournaments and birthday “weeks.” They’re accompanied by powerful feelings of regret, though that never stops you from doing it all over again. Fortunately, there’s a band out there that identifies with those self-destructive urges and they loved Winston-Salem so much that they’ve decided to swing back through. The band, 6 Day Bender (, will be playing at the Garage on Jan. 27. They call their signature style “mountain rock ‘n roll,” which is an ever-changing blend of country, rock, bluegrass, punk and folk. Frontman Luke Nutting constantly switches between banjo, electric guitar and acoustic guitar and in the process, changes the face of the band completely. They released their first album last April and just got out of the studio before kicking off the current tour, so they’re are all itching to give people a taste of new music before the songs are officially released. It’s safe to say that the band feeds off the audience when they play and the music tends to make people dance (and drink). Doors open at 8 p.m. and cover for the show is $5.

Speaking of week-long birthday binges…

I spend plenty of space plugging bands, venues and good times to be found around the triad, so indulge me for a moment while I practice some shameless self-promotion. Ed E. Ruger, Ty Bru and friends have convinced me to host their show at the Somewhere Else Tavern this Saturday, along with YES! Weekly’s own Jessica Schell. Full disclosure: being that it will be Day 3 of my birthday celebration, there’s a distinct possibility that I might have achieved a yet-to-be-determined level of inebriation by that time. But you’re coming for the awesome lineup that Mightier Than the Sword Records has put together and not to see me do my best David Hasselhoffwith-a cheeseburger impersonation, right? Regardless, there’s a fantastically diverse collection of talent appearing, including the aforementioned hip-hop gurus Ruger and Bru in Brown Bag Special (, funksters the SoloS Unit ( and up-and-coming rockers Nugget ( Not enough? Well good thing that smooth soul man Jeremy Johnson (, hip hop poet Mr. Rozzi ( and breakbeat auteur Mind Elixir ( with guest Ike Turnah ( will also be appearing. If you can’t find something to get down to at this one, just hand over your music fan card right now. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and there’s a $7 cover. Birthday cards for me can be sent to Ryan c/o YES!