upcoming shows you should check out
IT’S LIKE NEW ORLEANS WITHOUT (MOST OF) THE VOMIT SMELL
This Tuesday at the Blind Tiger, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine whip a ragtag crew of criminals, psychopaths and jazz players into a crack military squad with only one mission… hold on, wrong Dirty Dozen. As another ensemble cast with a collective mean streak, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band essentially redefined how New Orleans second lines sounded in the late ’70s, which for decades was beholden to the traditional sound that the city originated. Lineups have come and gone, including notable alumni like Big Sam Williams and Charles Joseph, but the bands ethos remains unchanged: to play to funkiest music imaginable and shake some bodies in the process. They’ve shared the stage with such major touring acts as Dave Matthews Band — though don’t hold that against them — Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse. Their live shows are a heavy dose of grooving originals, amped-up traditionals, call-andresponse and left-field covers from the likes of Paul Simon, Little Feat, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations. Combined with Saturday’s show featuring the underrated NOLA vocalist Mia Borders with Sam Fribush, Sam Frazier, Jeff Sipe and Andy Ware, it’ll be like you’ve woken up feeling like it’s Ash Wednesday and were in the Marigny on Fat Tuesday.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
FALL SHAKORI HILLS PRIMER
Summertime left a message and said it’s sticking around until everyone spends at least one night at an outdoor camping festival. Seriously, it’s hot outside and mosquitoes have ended porch season before it even started, so it’s time to placate the festival gods. As luck would have it, the chance to do so comes next weekend with the Fall installment of the Shakori Hills
Festival in Silk Hope. Starting on Thursday, Oct. 7, arguably one of the festival’s best nights of music will make you wish you had taken Friday off. It kicks off with the staple set by Donna the Buffalo and there’s lots of good picking between the great Peter Rowan, Red June and Michigan’s Frontier Ruckus — who were victims of unwitting campsite encroachment by yours truly at this summer’s Bonnaroo (they took it in good humor after I offered homemade oatmeal cookies, but still, you snooze you lose. I don’t care where your van was parked.) A case could be made that the biggest name on the lineup is the Thursday night headliner, however, as the Marshall Tucker Band set time frustrates the short-timers. There’s a handful of mustsee acts on Friday, and those include spellbinding Greensboro folkestra Songs of Water, angel-voiced ex-everybodyfield Jill Andrews, Katharine Whalen new hot blues outfit the Fascinators and deeply spiritual afro-soul band Thousands of One. NPR has been all over Samantha Crain as of late, and if you miss her set due to conflicts on Friday, you’ll have another shot at seeing her on Saturday afternoon on the main stage. There’s plenty to see Saturday night, starting with Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz, whose solitary bluegrass sound fuses the old and new. A pair of great NC bands on the heels of excellent releases follow in Chatham County Line and Toubab Krewe, and if you don’t dance yourself sill to the latter, save some for Preston Frank’s set and the massive funk sound of not d’noot. Also of interest is Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson’s solo indie-rock project the Mary Annettes. There was a massive surprise in last spring’s festival when Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones showed up to jam with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, so you never know what will happen on Sunday. The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Donna & Friends will see to that. Tickets are on sale for the festival at www.shakorihills.org, which runs from October 7-10.