“One of you says everything is great/ The other it’s your guess”…rest in peace, Faye Hunter, founding bassist of janglpop pioneers Let’s Active. It’s a great loss for Winston-Salem music, though her final performance at the centennial will have her remembered among great company. The Vagabond Saints were scheduled to pay tribute to the music of the Police on Friday at the Garage, but don’t be surprised if there’s a slight change in programming.
On Wednesday, New York Pizza hosts a superb lineup that includes Jacob Darden’s starry-eyed new indie-folk project Echo Courts along with top-notch guitar pop by Drag Sounds, Lobo Marino and Native America. Galaxy Dynamite bring stoner-psych to the Blind Tiger with Asheville bassheads Futexture, and Askultura put the Latin big band spin on ska-punk at the Flatiron with Corporate Fandango at the Flatiron.
Good luck to Ziggy’s in enforcing the “Drug use not tolerated” signs at Thursday’s Luciano show. The “It’s Me Again, Jah” singer will put it in the air with Ikronik and Lion Tracks in support. There are no signs needed for sXe hardcore by Reivers, Future Bind and Brain X Toilet at Legitimate Business, but a spiritual lubricant can only enhance the Black Squares/White Islands, Coast Ghost, Dumpster and Hi Rollers experience at the Blind Tiger.
The Jerry Garcia birth/death celebration/ memorial ramps up with Cosmic Charlie at the Blind Tiger on Friday, while Uncle John & the Shakedown Street Family present the Watkins Glen Summer Jam 40-year recreation at Ziggy’s. If you can stomach the smooth stuff, Freeport Jazz brings the Philly sound to Downtown Jazz. Krankies presents “Under Lima’s Grey Skies: A Night of Peruvian Music with post-punks Bocanegra and Quique Rodriguez-Pastor,” while Drat the Luck channels the Sacred Cowboys at New York Pizza with State Lines and No Good News.
Mutant League have been ghost like Swayze for the last eight months, but will resurface at the Garage on Saturday with Economy and fellow beach bums Zack Mexico. Envision brings the beach to you at Summer on Trade, while Captain Midnight Band keep the Jerry tributes rolling at High Rock Outfitters.
Sunday’s slate includes picking tunes by the Zinc Kings and Mipso Trio at National Military Park, or trashy rock ‘n’ roll by the Nervous Ticks at the Garage. On Tuesday, the Nectar Unit ends their July residency at the Blind Tiger with support from No Deals, while KC/DC keep holding it down at Wahoo’s.