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Picks of the Week (see full calendar below)
Megan McCormick & The Debonzo Brothers – Berkeley Cafe (Roots Americana) - 8 p.m. Show/$10 Cover
Nashville based Megan McCormick is a musical phenom. A singer-songwriter who also can play all the instrumentation if need be. A great vocalist who has the voice of a Caitlyn Cary, yet with the deeper tones of a Joss Stone. It’s a beautiful sound that can lull you and yet energize you at the same time. She has been getting a lot of publicity for her song "Honest Words," yet I think her best song is "Wreck" It's simply amazing – and a song you could listen to over and over – with an excellent showcase of her siren-like vocal talents. Come on out and check out this talented vocalist and musician. As an added Bonus, The ever talented Debonzo Brothers open the evening in with their genre-bending musical stylings. These local rockers are best known for fusing many different parts of bluegrass, folk, and roots music with a side of pop in for good measure. Led by Jeff Debonzo, these guys will most certainly get things going for an evening of SOLID music.
The Small Ponds – Pourhouse (Indie/Roots) - 9 p.m. Show/Cover TBA
Local Hero Caitlyn Cary of Whiskeytown and Tres Chicas fame has teamed up with Matt Douglas to form a powerhouse duo that seem to specialize in emotion-laden ballads that shows off their excellent vocals and harmonization. These two entertain with their stage presence and chemistry – oh and a lot of great musical talent. Catch them for a night of great music and real local talent. My Cousin the Emperor opens the show; expect Small Pond to start around 10 or 10:30.
American Aquarium – Slims (Rock/Alt/Country) - 9 p.m. Show/$5 Cover
Raleigh-based rockers bring their brand of Southern Rock/Country to Slims tonight for a night of old-style rocking and ballads. Mix in some funky keyboards and some retro rock. Finally, add a unique voice of BJ – in his sometimes southern country twang and then – a dead ringer for the vocal styles of “The Boss” – as evidenced in Aint Goin to the Bar Tonite. This is great stuff and will be a great night of good ol' rocking music. Come and check out some of Raleigh’s faves as they set out on their pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW.
Craig Thompson Trio – Hibernian (Folk/Bluegrass) - 10 p.m. Show/No Cover
The Best parts of local Folk Band favorite – Old Habits – Craig and co will have a smaller edition of their powerhouse band to light up the Hibernian for a great night of Folk/Bluegrass music. Craig possesses a great talent for harmonization with his band mates as well as the stage presence to command your attention for long periods of time Did I also mention that he plays a mean upright bass? This is a true treat for anyone who enjoys folk/bluegrass.
The Third Expression – Marsh Woodwinds (Indie/Jam) - 8 p.m. Show/$10 Cover
Three local musicians coming together for a jam session in a venue that just seems to invite that sort of thing. All talented in their own right, Mike Krause, Danny Kurtz & Chris Stephenson have backed up some of the best musicians in the industry and tonight is their night to step forward and jam out on their own.
Delta Rae w/ The Design – Lincoln Theatre (Indie Pop/Gospel Pop) - 9 p.m. Show/$12 Cover
This is a powerhouse show if ever there was one. Benefitting the juvenile diabetes fund, these two bands are playing a great twin bill that will keep you mesmerized for hours. Or to borrow a term from a friend, you will experience an “Eargasm." Durham-based Delta Rae consists of three siblings and a close family friend who are so tight knit that their harmonization and chemistry on stage is certainly visible and a true benefit to their performance. With powerful songs such as "Down By The River," "Ooh Caroline" & "Darlin If," this band is going places. It's not a matter of “if” but “when.” Their vocals are really the true talent of this group and they have caught the attention of local and regional media (as evidenced by two spots on NPR.) Come out and check this group out – along with Raleigh Power Pop Group The Design.
Sharon Van Etten – Kings Barcade (Indie Acoustic) - 9 p.m. Show/$12 Cover
Brooklyn-based vocalist and guitarist, Sharon was one of the brilliant spots during the Hopscotch Festival this past fall and certainly one of the surprises of the entire weekend. Her unrefined, yet methodical vocal style can pierce right through you and keep you riveted, as evidenced in songs like "For You" & "One Day." She is a true gem and is gracing Raleigh with her presence while on her way to Austin and SXSW. Come check out one of the rising stars in the Indie Vocal scene.
Gridlock – Lincoln Theatre (Electronica/Dance) - 9 p.m. Show/$10 Cover
This is the Mecca of the local and regional DJ Gods: Five DJs, 10 sets and 300 of your closest friends in a glow-stick-and-bass-driven environment. This will be dancing nirvana and a definite must-see for those who dig the electronic scene.
Zydecopious – The Big Easy (Zydeco/Roots) - 10pm Show /No Cover
Zydeco music is not well known, or embraced much outside of the Gulf Coast. But this Raleigh/Winston-Salem band is working to change that. Blending traditional Cajun instrumentation with Brazilian percussion and electric Ggitar, this band exposes you to a style of music that is near and dear to most folks on the Upper Gulf Coast and a unique style of folk music. For those not familiar, it’s half folk and half roots with a smattering of washboard and French singing played up-tempo. It's known for dancing, so, get ready to get indoctrinated, and get ready to dance. For those of you who know and love this style, tonight is the night to get your fix.
Funkuponya – Oliver Twist (Funk) - 9 p.m. Show/Cover TBA
One of the true funk bands that we have in Raleigh, these guys have been funking it up since 2007 and before that with individual projects. This band is features great musicians with Brian, one of the best organists in the area (gotta love the B2), Leo on bass, upright or electric, Carl tearing it up on the drums, and Doug laying it down on guitar. Each show is a new experience, and these guys just keep getting better and better. These guys are the standard bearers for Triangle Funk and this show is highly recommended. Take a listen and don’t miss the songs "Jim's Chicken" and "Hot Air Balloon Chase."
Monday, March 7
Amra’s – 106 Glenwood Ave. - Chris Suiter (Jazz) - 9:30 p.m.
The Brewery – 3009 Hillsborough St. - It Prevails, The World We Knew, Bretrayal & more (Rock/Metal) – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March, 8
Irregardless Café – 901 West Morgan St. - Jim Gilliam (Jazz) – 6:30 p.m.
Kings Barcade – 14 West Martin St. - Mardi Gras Carnival (Electronic) – 8:30 p.m.
PourHouse – 224 South Blount St. - Sequoyah Prep School, The Riverwinds & Gone Before Daylight (Indie) – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9
Amra’s – 106 Glenwood Ave. - Alex Lawhorn (Jazz) – 9:30 p.m
Berkeley Café – 217 West Martin St. - Megan McCormick & The Debonzo Bros Band (Roots/Americana) – 8 p.m.
Bone Daddy’s – 605 Creekside Drive - Tony Miller & The All Star Blues Band (Blues) – 9 p.m.
The Brewery – 3009 Hillsborough St. - Sent By Ravens, Dived by Friday, Life on Repeat & More (Rock) – 8 p.m.
Buku – 110 East Davie St. - All Star Blues Jam w/ Josh Presslar (Jam/Blues/Funk) – 9 p.m.
Irregardless Café – 901 West Morgan St. - Swift Creek (Bluegrass) – 6:30p.m.
Kings Barcade – 14 West Martin St. - Astronautalis, Sims, Mr. Invisible (Hip-Hop,Electronica,World Beat) – 9 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre – 126 East Cabarrus St. - Rebelution, Junior Reid (Reggae) – 8 p.m.
PourHouse – 224 South Blount St. -The Small Ponds (Indie/Roots) – 9 p.m.
Slim’s Bar – 227 South Wilmington St. - American Aquarium (Indie) – 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
Busy Bee - 225 South Wilmington St. - Bumble w/Thien (Electronica)
Deep South The Bar - 430 South Dawson - Jafaar (Jam/World) – 9 p.m.
Hibernian – 311 Glenwood Ave. - Craig Thompson Trio (Roots/Bluegrass) – 10 p.m.
Irregardless Café – 901 West Morgan - Triangle Jazz Ensemble (Jazz) – 6:30 p.m.
Kings Barcade – 14 West Martin St. - Little Gold, Heavens Jail, Antibubbles (Indie) – 9:30 p.m.
Marsh Woodwinds – 707 North Person St. - The Third Expression (Jam/Roots/Rock) – 8 p.m.
The Oxford – 319 Fayetteville St. - Russ Thompson (Rock/Jam) – 9 p.m.
PourHouse – 224 South Blount St. - Electric Soul Pandemic w/ Mac & Juice and Yesterday’s Gravy (Indie) – 9 p.m.
Shakedown Street – 2500 Hillsborough St. - Ressurection Dragons, Evelynn Rose (Rock) – 9 p.m.
Slim’s Bar – 227 South Wilmington St. - Lonnie Walker Dinosaur Feathers, Hotel Hotel (Indie) – 9 p.m.
Southland Ballroom – 614 North West St. - Dean Fields & Eliot Bronson (Roots) – 8 p.m.
Tir Na Nog – 218 South Blount St. - WKNC Local Beer, Local Bands feat. The Loner & The Huguenots (Indie) – 10 p.m.
Friday, March 11
Amra’s – 106 Glenwood Ave. - Madd Elaine – (Covers/Rock) – 10 p.m.
Berkeley Café – 217 West Martin St. - Zach Myers, Chris Allen, Oh No Fiasco, The Tempered Machine (Jam/Hip-Hop/Experimental) – 9 p.m.
Big Easy – 222 Fayetteville St. - New Sweat (Rock/Covers) – 10 p.m.
Bone Daddy’s – 605 Creekside Drive - Strange Brew (Covers) – 9 p.m.
Deep South The Bar - 430 South Dawson - Enemy in Disguise, St Diablo, Deathproof (Metal) – 10 p.m.
Dive Bar – 3 Glenwood Ave. - TBA
Globe – 510 Glenwood Ave. - DJ Castro (Electronica) – 10 p.m.
Irregardless Café – 901 West Morgan - Lou Padro & Friends (Jazz) – 6:30 p.m.
Kings Barcade – 14 West Martin St. - Sharon Van Etten (Indie/Vocals) – 9:30 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre – 126 East Cabarrus St, - The Design & Delta Rae (Power Pop/Gospel Pop) – 9 p.m.
Napper Tandy’s – 126 North West St. - The Jones (Covers) – 9 p.m.
The Oxford – 319 Fayetteville St. - Cool Kid Collective (Jam) – 10 p.m.
PourHouse – 224 South Blount St.- Mamas Love, Wisebird, Morning After (Jam/Roots) – 9:30 p.m.
Shakedown Street – 2500 Hillsborough St. - George Preston (Jam) – 9 p.m.
Slim’s Bar – 227 South Wilmington St. - Lo-Pan, Backwoods Payback (Indie) – 9 p.m.
Tir Na Nog – 218 South Blount St. -The Dickens (Indie) – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
Amra’s – 106 Glenwood Ave. - Party Nuts (Jazz/Rock) 10 p.m.
Berkeley Café – 217 West Martin St. - EARLY: The Gibson Brothers (Bluegrass) – 6 p.m.LATE: March Madness (Electonica/Dance) – 10 p.m.
Big Easy – 222 Fayetteville St. - Zydecopious (Zydeco) – 10 p.m.
Bone Daddy’s – 605 Creekside Drive - Auto Mag (Rock) – 9 p.m.
Deep South The Bar - 430 South Dawson - Christine Marion, Amy Echstencamper, Sarah Klien (Indie/Vocals) – 10 p.m.
Dive Bar – 3 Glenwood Ave. - TBA
Irregardless Café – 901 West Morgan St. - Don Martin & Moore Square Dance Band (Jazz/Swing) – 6:30 p.m.
Kings Barcade – 14 West Martin St. - Natural Science & Tonk (Rock) – 10 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre – 126 East Cabarrus St. - GRIDLOK – feat. DJ Benz, Genki, Korostyle (Electronic/Dance) – 9 p.m.
Marsh Woodwinds – 707 North Person St. - Red June (Blues/Roots/Bluegrass) – 8 p.m.
Napper Tandy’s – 126 North West St. - Love Tribe (Covers) – 9 p.m.
The Oxford – 319 Fayetteville St. - Scarlett (Indie) - 10 p.m.
PourHouse – 224 South Blount St. - Snake Oil Medicine Show & Accoustic Manner (Roots/Bluegrass) – 10 p.m.
Shakedown Street – 2500 Hillsborough St. - Dirty Feat, Chasing Eden (Jam) – 10 p.m.
Southland Ballroom – 614 North West St. –SuperBob, Kepteclectic, Star City Meltdown (Funk/Jam) – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 13
Bone Daddy’s – 605 Creekside Drive - Hangover Café feat. Bernie Lamb (Blues) – 2 p.m.
Five Star - 511 W. Hargett St. - Neu Romance (Eclectic/Soul/Rock/House) - 9 p.m.
Irregardless Café – 901 West Morgan St. - Gene O’Neil (Jazz) – 10 a.m.
Kings Barcade – 14 West Martin St. -Ty Seagall with the Super Vacations & Double Negative (Indie) – 9:30 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre – 126 East Cabarrus St. - Modena, Angle of Incidence, And by Love & more (Rock) – 6 p.m.
Memorial Auditorium – 2 E. South St. - The Chieftains with Paddy Maloney and special guests (Irish) – 7 p.m.
NC Museum of History/Daniels Auditorium – 5 E. Edenton St. - Thistledown Tinkers (Irish) – 3 p.m.
PourHouse – 224 South Blount St. – Traver Chandler and Avery County (Country) – 8 p.m.
Tir Na Nog – 218 South Blount St. - Irish Music Session – 3 p.m.