Closing time for Elliott’s Revue
Noah Puckerman once sang that only the good die young, and this New Year’s Eve, Elliott’s Revue will pour its final drink only a week before hitting its sixth birthday. The cool little bar and rock club that once served as the final downtown outpost before No Man’s Land is being absorbed into the proprietor’s vintage goods shop Lucky 13 (worth a visit in its own right). Elliott’s Revue will sign off having served its purpose of expanding the boundaries of downtown Winston-Salem, but not before hosting a couple of nights of music by artists who called it home. Elliott’s will play true to its name on Friday by hosting a revue of North Carolina rock that spans garage (Hot White Heat), soul (White Rifles) and the bluesy (the Old One- Two), and its final night on Saturday will host a dance party that throws it back to its days as the Satellite with sets by Honey Rider, DJ Bolmangani and Miss Eaves. Admission is low and the music starts, oh, say 9-ish.
Toubab Krewe brings the London Souls to Greensboro
It’s Asheville’s turn to go out with the old and in with the Krewe this year, so Toubab Krewe will be ringing in the new year at the Orange Peel this weekend, but the African fusion quintet will nonetheless make their annual year-ending stop in Greensboro on Friday at the Blind Tiger. The band has been relatively quiet on the recording front since releasing TK2 over a year ago, but the New Year’s shows are typically excellent proving grounds for a new song or two. As terrific a coup de grace to the year as Toubab Krewe will be, they’re bringing with them a New York City trio that could one day be a marquee NYE draw themselves in the London Souls. Only three years in their existence, the London Souls put their own imprint on the power trio formula, mining the classic rock era for the most exacting mix of runaway power and the subtle elements of funk and blues. Their self-titled debut from earlier this year grabs you by the jewels from the outset and rarely relents over 13 tracks of heavy rock riffs that draws squarely from George Harrison to Prince. Opening the evening is Africa Unplugged, the performance manifestation of a UK nonprofit focused on charitable works in southeast Africa that brings the full traditional musical culture of the region with them. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Music starts at 10 p.m.
A baller-ific New Orleans show
One of the many perks of working at an alt-weekly is of course the limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ and dealin’ lifestyle that accompanies it. When YES! Weekly went to New Orleans earlier this year for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia annual convention, it was no doubt a lot like the conference that Ice T and Don Magic Juan attended in Pimps Up, Hoes Down, only more animal print. The Friday night social at Republic saw the finest in Big Easy cuisine buffet style and a fully appointed open bar, along with the finest in entertainment that New Orleans has to offer. There was a gospel choir, strippers and a hot-doggin’ brass band straight out of the Ninth Ward whose unexpected cover of Ja Rule’s “Always On Time” was second only to the free Sazeracs. That band was the Stooges Brass Band, one of the finest up-and-coming groups out of New Orleans, and they’re coming to the Blind Tiger on Jan. 4. So for just one night, you can ball like we do every day. The music starts at 10 p.m. and ticket prices are TBA.