upcoming shows you should check out
GARAGE NEW YEAR’S PARTY
The first decade of the new millennium is drawing to a close and there are a few noteworthy performances around town that are highly appropriate for rocking into the next decade. One of those will happen at the Garage this New Year’s Eve, as they host their annual rock n’ roll new year’s party. Now, the Bo-Stevens (www.myspace.com/thebostevens) might be at the top of the bill, but the band you’re going to want to see is the dynamite duo known as Mad Tea Party (www. themadteaparty.com). Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel have kind of a White Stripes-meets-Donna the Buffalo thing going on and are always a good time. Easybake will open the show and there’s a champagne toast at midnight. The show starts at 9 p.m. and lasts all the way until next year! Okay, I promise to never make that joke again. Tickets can be had for $10.
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE TRIAD? I ACTUALLY COULD ASK FOR MORE
Here’s a rather depressing commentary on the state of our local music scene. Arguably the biggest show in the Triad this New Year’s Eve will happen at its newest music venue, as soft rocker Edwin McCain (www.edwin.com) steps out of your local grocer’s PA and into the Aquarius Music Hall. It’s possible that no one will be happier to see the 2000s end its run than McCain, who only had a single song chart this decade, in 2001, despite putting out five albums over that time. For a guy almost totally dependent on commercial appeal, that ain’t good. One positive to take away from this is that there will undoubtedly be hordes of available women at this show, drawn to his sugary hooks like flies to honey. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that many of them also peaked in the ’90s and are experiencing a similarly sad endgame. Fortunately, the Aquarius holds all ABC permits, just come prepared with a next-day exit strategy. Paul Freeman (www.paulfreemanofficial. com) will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
THE WAILERS RETURN TO PLAY EXODUS IN ITS ENTIRETY — AGAIN
Recalling the Wailers (www.thewailers.com) show at the Carolina Theatre back in March, hearing a phenomenal album like Exodus played from top to bottom was a pretty exhilarating experience. Despite only having one original member in the lineup from Bob’s day, they do an admirable job of keeping his legacy alive. If it was good then, it’ll be good again right? Surely, you’d pay more to hear the same thing over again, wouldn’t you? You’ll have your chance on Saturday when the Wailers return to the Carolina Theatre to do pretty much what they did nine months ago. Well, almost. They do have a new album coming out, so they’re currently premiering material from that. The Wailers. A new album. If Lynyrd Skynyrd can do it, anyone can I suppose. The Wailers are celebrating 40 years of performances by bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, though he still has fewer years on the road than he has children (52). Even Shawn Kemp thinks that’s too many kids. Tickets range from $26.50 to $34.50 with a $1.50 restoration fee, and the show starts at 8 p.m.