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JILL ANDREWS JOINS AMELIA’S MECHANICS FOR A TUNE-UP The last time Jill Andrews came through Winston-Salem, we wanted you to see her so badly that we did an entire feature on her and her new solo project. Except when I filed the story, I gave the wrong date of her performance at the Garage. To add insult to injury, then I called her son Nico by the wrong name. Not one of my finer moments, as I’m painfully aware. Andrews is back in town on Saturday at the Garage and I’m here to humbly ask that you give this angelically voiced folk singer a shot. With the everybodyfields in the rear-view mirror, her solo show is built around the same affecting lyrics and melodies that fans grew to cherish from her role. She’s also an artist who’s embraced the “pay what you want” model for website album purchases, as her recent live album can be had for Radiohead prices. She’ll be joined by Amelia’s Mechanics, whose debut album North, South is arriving with considerable buzz thanks to the trio’s live performances. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
LOAM, SILT OR PEAT? You would have thought that after nine years of twiddling wayward jazz keyboard progressions, singing like most do in the morning shower and treating improv like an audition for the second Bonnaroo, the jam-oriented community would have given up trying to find the next “You Enjoy Myself.” Not true. Meet Asheville’s East Coast Dirt: a band that wants to party like it’s 2002 and they’re opening up for Addison Groove Project. That scene was really good to a lot of people and definitely fun while it lasted, though. A few others, not so much. Picture 40-year-olds nowadays who still rock Krokus T-shirts and you might have an idea where the jam stragglers will be in the next decade. That, or they’re buried in unmarked graves on Marvin’s Mountaintop somewhere. East Coast Dirt will bring you that groovy ’00s sound that you’ve missed oh so dearly for the past week at the Blind Tiger this Thursday, a night that’s become the jam-band showcase over the past few months. The show starts at 9 p.m. and ticket prices are TBA.
THIS IS BASICALLY AN EXCUSE TO TALK ABOUT ‘THE WIRE’ One group provided the original theme song to arguably the greatest television show of all time; the other is partial inspiration for show creator David Simon’s newest project. The Blind Boys of Alabama prefaced the exploits of Jimmy McNulty, Stringer Bell and Omar Little during the first season of The Wire with their rendition of Tom Waits’ “Way Down in the Hole,” only to see the show out in the series’ final Season Five montage with the same piece. They’ll perform at UNC’s Memorial Hall this Sunday, and joining them is one of the most cherished traditional units in this country’s musical history, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Word is that one of the primary characters on David Simon’s upcoming series “Treme,” played by Wendell Pierce (Bunk from “The Wire”), is based on Preservation Hall founder and tuba player Allan Jaffe. Their iconic sound not only formed the basis for a series that should examine the New Orleans music community the way that Simon did with the Baltimore drug trade, but continues to be one of the most unwavering forces in all of jazz. If Katrina couldn’t slow them down, then nothing will. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are range from $45 to $100.