extended play

by Ryan Snyder

The Stooges Brass Band hits the Blind Tiger tonight and will make BIGQ2021’s YouTube review of the Weeknd’s new mixtape look like Ted Danson’s reaction to The Freak Book. Then on Thursday, the Sam Robinson Band follows it up at the Tiger with guests Hall of Fame Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and Derek Trucks Band flautist/keyboardist Kofi Burbridge on hand.

It’s First Friday, and the Grande Ole Uproar channel the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Coast Ghost at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. Local fusion supergroup Trioscapes hits Glenwood Coffee & Books, while Sam Robinson plays the second show of the weekend with Pyle and Burbridge at High Rock Outfitters. Forget that dreadfully cloying ‘90s hit “I Believe” for a sec, but Blessid Union of Souls actually have some good music in their catalog for fans of the jangly stuff. They’ll play Ziggy’s with Jerry Chapman. The fantastic Asheville bluegrass group Red June plays Fiddle & Bow, while House of Dues play blues at the Clubhouse. The Blind Tiger hosts a trio of scintillating leading ladies in the Lacy Green Band, Katelyn Marks and former Chris Botti sidewoman Jeanne Jolly, and Greene Street Club has faux fighters In Your Honor with Dude Ranch.

Sam Robinson brings Pyle and Burbridge along for one more go, this time at Bucked Up Super Saloon. Sinful Savage Tigers put out one of the finest local albums of 2011, and they’re playing the Green Bean with songbird Anna Rose Beck and raucous pickers Kodiak Farm Boys. Benj-O-Matic plays Somewhere Else Tavern with the Human Element and Manamana, while Big Something bring the jams to Blue Bourbon Jack’s.

The Blind Tiger has Show of the Week potential on Sunday with video game rockers Bit Brigade, the Bronzed Chorus, Asheville math rockers Ahleauchatistas and Hi-Rollers, while the cherub-voiced Pat Hull plays the Green Bean with accompaniment by Michael Chinworth and support from Wilmington songwriter Routine.

Mitten play a fine acoustic cover of M83’s “Midnight City” with an electro thump, and they’re playing Guilford College on Tuesday with Allison Weiss. Like the Stars and Young Bloods play pop at the Blind Tiger, while the Pikeys play Irish drinkin’ tunes at West End Station.