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by Ryan Snyder

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CAT’S CRADLE HOSTS BENEFIT SHOW FOR GUILFORD COLLEGE GRAD

Guilford College graduate (c/o ’84) and Chapel Hill resident Jim Mansfield was diagnosed with cancer over the summer, so a few friends got together and are throwing him a fundraiser. JimFest will take place next Monday, Dec. 27 at the Cat’s Cradle with music by country/rolk staple Wyatt Easterling, Uniontown, Frank’s Garage and Cortete, and magic by Matt Wright. There will also be a silent auction, and all proceeds will go to the Jim Mansfield Assistance Fund. Donations will be accepted at the door, though the eTix link on the Cat Cradle’s site will have all fees waived, so it’s just like making a donation. It’s a free show and starts at 7 p.m., but of course donations are accepted.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE KREWE

While the Blind Tiger might be vacating the Walker Avenue location with little fanfare (unless you’re just a huge fan of Bus Stop), it has reeled in quite a haul for its first show at its new location on 1618 Spring Garden St. Though Toubab Krewe usually can be found ringing in the New Year at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, the

West African quintet will defer to Clutch this year and instead, play the Tiger’s New Year’s Eve re-opening next Friday night. The old “every show is different” chestnut that gets tossed about when describing bands of the jam persuasion is beyond cliché, but this still holds true for the Krewe. They’re steadily evolving from their roots as Malian-Appalachian fusionists with every tour, venturing into all corners of dub, psychedelic and even a hint of cabaret jazz when Drew Heller trades his guitar for keys. Their grab bag of guests always lends the element of surprise to their sets, and fellow Ashevillians and show opener the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra are prime candidates this go-round. Scales’ music is a form of jazz fusion derived from the complexities of percussion styles native to Trinidad & Tobago, and the namesake employs a steel pan commonly used in its music as his weapon of choice. The quartet draws heavily from heavily from influences such as banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to rapper Jay-Z, joining forces with a rock-styled drummer (Ryan Lassiter). Up tempo blues guitar (Duane Simpson) and bass-centric rhythm (Shannon Hoover) hold their concoction together. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, which will most likely sell out, and doors open at 8 p.m.

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