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by Ryan Snyder

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HAVE A VERY IRIE CHRISTMAS, MON

If Christmas and Peking Duck just seem like a natural convergence thanks to the Bumpus’ dogs, why not Christmas and reggae?

Though the Triad might never be considered a bustling haven for island music to flourish, there are still a handful of artists who have dedicated themselves to both the music and the spiritual way of life that accompanies it. One of those is Ras David Graves, vocalist and bassist for Winston- Salem’s Pure Fiyah (www.myspace.com/ purefiyahreggaebandofficialmusicpage) and a former disciple Psyche, frontman of seminal Triad reggae act Truth ‘N Rights. Graves and Pure Fiyah will play a very special Christmas Eve party at the Hideout Bar this Thursday for those looking to add a little island flavor to their holiday, because the taste of eggnog and Myer’s dark Jamaican rum together cannot be overstated. Graves is an interesting case in particular because, even if the music has experienced both highs and lows over his years, his commitment to playing has remained constant. Though he’s considered by many to be one of the more veteran players in the area, Graves didn’t start his career as a reggae musician. He began playing R&B and funk at a very young age. His father, a blues musician, exposed him early on and it wasn’t long before Graves picked up his first instrument and began playing. The show runs from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. and admission is determined at the door. The place is a private club, so inquire in advance about membership. Also, check back the day after Christmas for some Motown holiday classics by Tony Dove & the Niche.

SPIN A LITTLE YARN OR JUST SEE THEM LIVE

With Christmas past you and your forthcoming New Year’s resolutions staring you dead in the eye, you can start to purge your system of excess with one of the coolest, most swinging honky-tonk acts around. Yarn was one of the bands whose multiple sets drew the most positive reaction at this past summer’s Floyd Fest and since then they’ve been named High Times’ Unsigned Band of the Week, made the cover of The Alternate Root and have performed on NPR’s “Mountain Stage.” They are currently battling it out with Phish, the Black Crowes, My Morning Jacket and $10,000 Gold Chain in the latest edition of Glide magazine’s Cover Wars with their rendition of Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nothin’.” You can hear the jammin’ acoustic quintet from Brooklyn this Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the Garage. They’ve been compared favorably to the likes of Whiskeytown, Railroad Earth and Chatham County Line, while their most recent disc entitled Empty Pockets includes guest spots from Caitlin Cary, Edie Brickell and Casey Driessen. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets can be had for the low, low price of $7.

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