Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weekly Pick: Dave Hause, PT Gazell, Beer Parties, PT Gazell, No BS! Brass Band, My Darling Fury, Black Girls, King Solomon's Marbles

Jazz harmonica player PT Gazell will start the weekend off at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Thursday night. Show starts at 8, tix are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Here's the press blurb for PT:

"Hot, swingin, smooth, original, clean, lyrical, faster than a speeding bullet, diatonically chromatic, one of a kind, masterful, the swingingest, Oh yeah, like what? Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Louie Jordan, Ben Webster, Sweets Edison, …that’s what!

With 4 Solo CDs under his belt, including his double Grammy nominated 2011 release, “2 Days Out,” PT Gazell continues to expand the musical boundaries for the harmonica. Using his own signature model instrument, the Gazell Method diatonic, he proves that the harmonica is capable of much more than what most of us believe.

PT likes to think of his performances and CDs as an on going musical conversation between himself and his fans. Judging by the music he delivers, he’s quite a compelling and articulate speaker.
No other player combines his phrasing, his melodic style, his song choices and his improvisational abilities…  his singular style may draw comparisons to others, but in the end, it’s a style all his own.

Dig It!"

And here's PT playing a Beatles tune and he'll tell you a little about his technique before he gets to the song:



Friday night, No BS! Brass Band is at The Camel. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Gina Sobel and The Mighty Fine. It's $10 to get in. Here's the bands full set at the chilly Mardi Gras Block Party on March 4.



At Cary St. Cafe on Friday, Grateful Dead tribute band King Solomon's Marbles gets trippy for you. Show starts at 10 and it's FREE to get in. This is KSM's Spring Fling and God knows we are all ready for a little spring. Here's the good ol' Grateful Dead doing Truckin' in 1980:



If your tastes run more 80's than 60's, check out the bluegrass band that does 80's songs, Love Canon. They'll be at Capital Ale House Downtown Friday night. Show will start at 10 and it's $10 to get in. They'll be at the Gathering of the Vibes festival up in Bridgport, CT on July 31 - Aug 3 with such bands as Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe., and Umphrey's McGee. And here they are playing The Romantics' "Talking In Your Sleep" in Charlotte earlier this month:



If it's Saturday, it's time for beer! Ok, really any time is time for beer. But especially Saturdays! And Hardywood has another new one that they'll bust out this Saturday. It's the Hoplar Imperial IPA and the wooden Virginia Tulip Poplar kegs get tapped at 2 PM. The food trucks will be there so you can eat. And there will be music from Black Girls (sets at 5 and 7) and My Darling Fury (sets at 6 and 8). Here's My Darling Fury's "Friendly Parasite" set to animation from a Russian film from 1972:



More beer on Sunday because beer. It's Strangeways Brewing March Hops Madness at the Strangeways Brewery. They'll be releasing their new Tripel IPA (hope you like hops this weekend), they'll have the food trucks out, and music from Yankee Dixie, Tasty Specials, and Kung Pao Quartet. It'll run from 11 AM until 7 PM.

Next Wednesday (4/2), check out roots/punk rocker Dave Hause at The Camel. It's' $10 to get in, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Northcote and Rob Huddleston. The show will be done by 11:30 so you can still make it to work the next day. I think I'll be hitting this one up, so please, join me, if you would. Not sure if Dave will be solo or with a band on Wednesday night, but here he is with a band doing "We Could Be Kings":



And I'll leave you with this totally insane video from DJ Snake & Lil' Jon. This is not safe for work if your workplace doesn't like invincible private parts (covered) that dance by themselves.



Hopefully you'll party like they do in that video this weekend. Have a good one!

Tony Jordan