upcoming shows you should check out
FORMER BAND GUITARIST PLAYS THE BLIND TIGER
Here’s a nice bit of trivia: who played lead guitar for the Band longer than anyone?
It’s not Robbie Robertson. The answer of course is Jim Weider, and he’ll bring his intensely groovy jazz-fusion band ProJECT PERCoLAToR (www.myspace.com/jimweiderband) to the Blind Tiger this Thursday. Aside from Weider, who also performs as a member of the Levon Helm Band, other members of ProJECT PERCoLAToR come from pretty legit pedigree. Guitarist Jesse Gress is a veteran of the Todd Rundgren Band, while drummer Rodney Holmes has performed with Santana and the Steve Kimock Band. Seeing Holmes perform is of particular import for anyone who plays the drums or has a keen appreciation for drumming, because the guy is simply amazing. Few drummers of any style and match his unbelievable combination of speed, power, and precision. The show starts at 10 p.m. and the cover is TBA.
HONORARY TITLE FRONTMAN BRINGS SOLO SHOW TO THE WHEREHOUSE
The Honorary Title’s Jarrod Gorbel (www.thehonorarytitle.com) has finally stepped out from under the band’s shaky internal status and has recorded two noteworthy solo discs that boast deceptively simple melodies, warm arrangements and soulful, soaring vocals. The solo material brings forth the best qualities of the Honorary Title into crisp focus, making the details even more enchanting. His solo sound mimes classic soul, traditional folk and Americana all the while incorporating strings, horns and female backing vocals for a sound that is more lush and organic than any of his previous work. The collection is a taste of what is to come with Gorbel’s approaching full length solo album, Devil’s Made A New Friend, which was recorded in New York with producer Blake Sennett, formerly of indie-pop fave Rilo Kiley and the Elected. You can catch Gorbel in concert, as he will perform this Friday at the Wherehouse alongside Mansions (www.myspace.com/mansions) and Crone (www.myspace.com/cronerocks). The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $10.
TEA LEAF GREEN COMES TO GREENSBORO
What is up with Tea Leaf Green (www.tealeafgreen.com) these days? For a band that was once a huge draw and one of the favorites of the jam-band scene, their $10 cover for Sunday night’s show at the Blind Tiger represents a relatively steep drop from what they were commanding a few years ago at the height of the nebulous jam-band craze. Not much, mind you, but still enough to be noticed. As one of the most eclectic rockimprov artists of the past 10 years, the San Fran quartet Tea Leaf Green has evolved from strictly folk-rock experimentalism into hints of funk, Southern rock and even metal on occasion over the course of 13 albums. They’re still as prolific as ever, both in the studio and on the road — they’re currently working on their next release while embarking on the second leg of their highly-successful One World Tour, despite the easily available ticket price. The band will take the stage at the Blind Tiger at 10 p.m. with an opener TBA.