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AQUARIUS MUSIC HALL’S GRAND OPENING

The Triad has a brand-new music venue on tap to open this Friday and the expectations are, to put it lightly, that it’s going to be one of the better places in the area to see a show. The Aquarius Music Hall will open in the cavernous second floor of the Natale Building, a former Furniture Market showroom, at 400 English Road in High Point, and anyone who was a regular at Ziggy’s will notice a few familiar faces in their customary spots. The similarities don’t end there, however, as some of the same planks of wood from the stage at Ziggy’s have found there way into the Aquarius platform. The room is expected to hold close to 1,400 at max capacity and there will be a soft opening this Friday, with a trio of local bands to christen the place. Out of Ararat comes Donnaha Station (www. myspace.com/donnahastation), a band that can alternately resemble the Moody Blues and Van Halen. Also performing is Walnut Cove cover band Jukebox Riot (www.myspace.com/jukeboxriotnc), but the evening’s headliner will be funky Winston-Salem roots band the Wyndy Trail Travelers (www.myspace.com/wyndytrailtravelers). Aquarius’ first big gig comes the following night with a performance by Donna the Buffalo and yes, they won’t get most outside of the Herd tripping over themselves to get inside, but fledgling venues sometimes can’t swing for the fences out of the gate. Sometimes a “safe” show is needed to get the ball rolling while building awareness. Promoters in the area should have learned a lesson after the Flying Anvil went under: that overpaying for their bookings, even to get the best talent, is an easy way to spend themselves out of business, so a fresh perspective should always be welcomed. Donna is still a good band who always put on energetic shows, even if most fans still decompressing from the festival circuit may have already seen them half a dozen times in the past year, so come out and support a place that could be a boon to the Triad music community. Greenville’s local legends, currently out of Wilmington, Mac & Juice (www.myspace.com/macandjuice) will open for Donna. Tickets for opening night are $7 and the Donna show is $20. Both shows start at 8 p.m.

SIX BANDS AT THE MILLENNIUM CENTER THIS WEEKEND

Thanksgiving week is a time to spend with the three F’s: food, family and football, and the short musical calendar this week is a testament to that fact. There’s still something shaking and you just got to poke around to find it, though. One of those good times will be at the Millennium Center for a six-band barrage of blues, funk, punk and hip hop this Saturday night, plenty of time to recover from the inevitable tryptophaninduced coma. The night will be headlined by Doco (www.myspace.com/ doco) and Sam Robinson & the Five Gallon Groove (www.myspace.com/ samrobinsonmusic) and also feature a set by Hot Politics (www.hotpoliticsband.com). Other acts include up-and-coming Winston-Salem hip-hop duo Imagery and Ignite (www.myspace.com/igniteimagery) and blues rockers Stickers for Cigarettes (www.myspace.com/stickersforcigarettes), while Ave 6 will play their very first gig. They’ll kick the evening off at 7:45 p.m. and tickets for the night are $10. SCAN will be onsite accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for victims of child abuse, so bring something nice.

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