upcoming shows you should check out
Hail to the Kang, bay-bah
Next time you see the king of country Western Troubadours (and I’m not talking about marty stuart) crank out any of his chart-toppin’ hits onstage, it will be without those awesome mutton chops. It appears that Unknown Hinson (www.myspace.com/unknownhinson) has shaved off his signature burns in what he calls a Quid Pro Quo deal with one of his “womerns.” As for now, the king — or “kang” as he might say — has thrown them law dawgs off of his trail long enough to make a stop at Greene street club on Friday, August 7. Fans of the cartoon Network’s late-night weirdness will of course know Hinson from his hilarious voice work for Squidbillies’ main squid early cuyler, but many don’t know how truly hellacious the elvis/vampire/undertaker lookalike is on the axe. In addition to his own idiosyncratic originals, Hinson peppers his sets with blistering classic rock covers like the Who’s “Behind Blue eyes” or his own take on Jimi Hendrix’s “little Wang.” otherwise known as Danny Baker, a charlotte-area guitar instructor, Hinson got his unusual name from both of his parents, of course. It says plain as day on his birth certificate — mama: miss Hinson, Daddy: Unknown. lamb Handler opens the show (www.myspace.com/lambhandler). Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. Get there before all of the see-through party liquor is gone.
Change of venues for Doco on saturday
There are many descendents of John Wilkes Booth who have dedicated themselves to proving that Booth did, in fact, escape from Garrett’s Barn on April 26, 1865 after being surrounded by Union soldiers. Then there are those descendents who just want to brazenly play loud rock music. Trevor and Josh Booth of Raleigh dub-rockers Doco (www.myspace.com/doco) chose the latter, but still pay homage to the family assassin with the name of the band. Dramatic oil company, or Do co., was an illfated prospecting venture that the elder Booth dabbled in before he decided that overthrowing the government was possibly more lucrative and is now a name passed on to his heirs. While their name comes from the annals of history, their sound is an inheritance of West coast dub and roots-rock and you can check it out this weekend in Winston-salem. They were scheduled to play elliot’s Revue on saturday night, but a spot opened up at Greene street club and they couldn’t pass up the chance to play with their friends in the sam Robinson Band. In the past, the Doco has opened for HR of notorious punk-pioneers Bad Brains at Raleigh’s Volume 11 Tavern and if they’re alright with him, they’re alright with me. The show starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $8.
alt-Country explosion at KoKa bootH ampHitHeatre
“shows will be composed of two 90-minute sets broken up by an intermission. In a free form ramshackle flow, the bands and artists will share the stage, taking part in each other’s songs, resurrecting old standards and playing newly written collaborative material as they go.” That’s what the press release for the Big surprise Tour, coming to cary’s koka Booth Amphitheatre this monday states. The artists in question are none other than old crow medicine show, the David Rawlings machine with guest Gillian Welch, the Felice Brothers and Justin Townes earle, altogether performing a revue-style show that’ll travel for two weeks this month. There’s really neither rhyme nor reason to it all, and no song in their catalog — or any catalog — is out-of-bounds. Welch, Rawlings and the rest are all Americana auteurs. I suppose the “Big surprise” is that koka Booth finally has a show I want to see after a somewhat disappointing lineup this summer. It’s still my favorite spot in the entire state to catch a show and one season of weak billings won’t change that, though this one has the potential to make me forget about the last three months. Tickets for this are $28 in advance and $30 at the gate for lawn, and $35 for reserved seating. The show starts at 6 p.m.