upcoming shows you should check out
THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE, NO PERMIT REQUIRED
Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys; frequents sets with the Avett Brothers; nominated for a Grammy after recording Barry Scott & Second Wind. David Mayfield is practically becoming a force of nature in the alternative bluegrass and inidie-folk scene. The Cadillac Sky guitarist, known for his bushy beard and warm voice, has clearly outdistanced the kind of adulation his band garnered in the years before they went on indefinite hiatus. It wasn’t long after frontman Bryan Simpson left Cadillac Sky to embark on his own solo career that Mayfield was asserting he was much more than a sideman. His self-titled debut album flashes hints of Cadillac Sky’s high and lonesome sound, but the David Mayfield Parade projects his guitar and mandolin expertise through a folksy, funny, poignant, and always energetic lens. He’ll hit the Blind Tiger this Thursday on the long trek to Bonnaroo in June, so check him out. Doors open at 8 p.m. with Matty Sheets & the Blockheads opening. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
THE CAROLINA BLUES FESTIVAL TURNS 25
Keep the “Music Makin’ Mama” Ann Rabson in your thoughts this weekend during the Carolina Blues Festival, happening on Saturday in Center City Park in Greensboro. The Alligator recording artist and barrelhouse blues queen, who was originally meant to guest on piano in Bob Margolin’s band, will miss her festival slot due to health prpoblems. Based on a few recent posts on her Facebook page, she’s in good spirits about her upcoming procedure and confident about the outcome. She’ll be sorely missed, but stepping in to fill her shoes is one of the emerging stars of blues vocals, 26-year old Gina Sicilia.
Margolin and his band will get the sweet 7:30 p.m. spot, but it’s the thunderous Ronnie Baker Brooks at 9:15 p.m. that commands your attention. The son of the great Lonnie Baker and brother to Wayne Baker Brooks, even Ronnie’s blood runs blue, though he sports a dramatically more psychedelic sound than his kin. Also on the bill is Candye Kane, and if her name sounds a little porn-ish, it’s for good reason. Google SafeSearch won’t even save you there. The festival added a second stage, so there are lots more to see this year. Tickets are $18 in advance and $30 the day of, and the music starts at 2 p.m.
PLAYIN WITH THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
Musicians ripping off music from other musicians is a time-honored tradition. Blondie ripped off Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison ripped off the Chiffons, the Flaming Lips ripped off Cat Stevens and Radiohead has ripped off Love and Rockets (and Can). It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone screaming at the parents singing the wrong lyrics to Shaggy’s “Angel” in the new Toyota Highlander commercial that, well, Shaggy, ripped that song off from someone else — in this case it was Joya Landis’ 1968 rocksteady cover. Granted, “Angel (Of The Morning)” has been around the block a few times, but country-pop singer Juice Newton undoubtedly did one of the most famous renditions when she sold a million copies of the single in 1981.
Her discography doesn’t end there, however. She claimed eight Top 10 Hits, including three No. 1s, by the mid ’80s, and arguably her best song “Queen of Hearts” just barely missed the cut. Juice will perform at the High Point Theatre this Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35.