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by Ryan Snyder

This week’s concert agenda opens with an intriguing performance at the War Memorial Auditorium by virtuosic trio Time For Three, with backing by the North Carolina Symphony, this Thursday night. If jammed-up classical music doesn’t suit your fancy then try the New Familiars with Soulgrass Rebellion at the Blind Tiger.

I’ll be celebrating my birthday as the Blind Tiger puts on a Friday night with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band with Brother Jocephus & the Love Revolution Revival. There’s live hip-hop coves with Phive Mics and Afika-NX at Greene Street Club. Kelley & the Cowboys make that sweet country sound at the Garage, while Possum Jenkins and Holy Ghost Tent Revival perform at the Aquarius Music Hall. Pinche Gringo, Come Hell or High Water and the Old One Twos take the stage at the Green Bean, while you have Lee Brice at Johnny & June’s and the Middle East MicFest at the Somewhere Else Tavern.

One show in particular this Saturday night deserves careful consideration, as it carries with it particularly noble implications. Allison Holt Gaither was only a year ahead of me at Parkland High, and her murder left behind two parentless children. A benefit for them will be held in her honor this Saturday night at the Werehouse with Terrance & the Tall Boys as the performer. Even if you didn’t know Allison personally, come out for this great cause.

Elsewhere, you have the Movement with Matt Irie at Greene Street Club on Saturday night, or Sonia Leigh & Levi Lowry at the Aquarius Music Hall. There’s a metal showcase with Dagon Rising, Falling I Wake, Slaves to Addiction, Enter the Void, Downside Dead and Awaken All Dead at the Somewhere Else Tavern. Lastly, Boy Genius with the Mitch Easter Band wraps it up at the Garage on Tuesday. Just make sure you’re at the Werehouse this Saturday night.

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