upcoming shows you should check out
SUPPOSE THE TAX MAN HE COMES TO TOWN…
It’s taken 12 years for Primus to get over Antipop; it was that bad. Even for a band like them, whose songs aren’t meant to be taken seriously in the first place, having Fred Durst at the helm — or is it the edge of the cliff — is a haymaker to the chin. The wait is over, as Green Naugahyde should be out any day now, but they’re working the new songs in slowly on this tour, which comes to Raleigh’s Memorial Hall on Tuesday, May 31. As much of a mindtrip as a Primus show can be, however, it’s their opener that most makes this worth the $51 ticket. Explosive sax fiend Skerik leads many bands, but it’s the punk jazz the Dead Kenny G’s that demands timely arrival. Their new one Operation Long Leash — referencing the US government’s secretive funding of abstract expressionism is early Soviet Russia as a means to chip away at its cold, conformist exterior — is one of their boldest to date; and one that resonates with punk, indie rock and jazz fans alike. Then there’s also the certainty that Skerik will play generously with Primus. Dog will hunt.The music starts at 8 p.m.
GROVERFEST TURNS THIS MANY :HOLDS UP FIVE FINGERS:
GroverFest turns five this weekend and to celebrate, the tiny little jam festival is bringing its biggest lineup yet. They’re also moving from one town to another that is essentially a surname that could be bad first names. Last year it was Davidson, this year it’s Ferguson, so maybe Chadbourn or Franklin finally have something to look forward to in the future. The festival may be expanding, albeit slowly, but the awesome, close-knit vibe should always remain undiluted. The festival’s philosophy is summed up in the first set of the weekend by the Grover family, a cobbled collective of festival veterans and ends in a free-forall by the Mantras. In between are sets by Charlotte jazz-rockers Case Federal & the Agents, deep Southern grove by From A Seed, funk fusion from Actual Proof and blistering jamtronica by the Duende Mountain Duo with surprise guests. The festival starts Friday and wraps up late Sunday night. Tickets are $60 dollars with an additional $25 for vehicle camping.
FUNKIER THAN A FEMA TRAILER — JOE KROWN TRIO AT THE BLIND TIGER
One of the most unsung of all the great New Orleans players, seeing Joe Krown with his trio while they’re on the road is far cheaper than taking a trip to the Big Easy to catch his residency at the Maple Leaf, even if the crawfish boil isn’t included. As great an organist as Krown is, though, he’s matched in ability and maybe surpassed in charisma by his compatriots, the impeccably smooth guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington and mercurial drummer Russell Batiste Jr. Their set at the Triad Stage last summer was pure magic. The greatest thing about this trio is not simply the absurd amount of talent between the three players, nor their impeccably tasteful selections, but how they communicate with each other on stage. Whether they’re playing Sam Cooke, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Taylor or their own tunes, it goes down as smooth as a Sazerac. They’re coming back around one mo’ time again, this time at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday, June 1. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.