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Ring in the new year on a live musical note

Still looking for ideas to close out 2017 and welcome the new year? There are myriad live music options at venues in and around North Carolina’s Triangle and beyond. The following list is in alphabetical order and in no way comprehensive so please feel free to share other options. Happy New Year!

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George Hage of Jack the Radio to perform free, acoustic set at Muddy Creek Cafe on Friday, Aug. 18

George Hage, of Raleigh-based indie rockers Jack the Radio fame, will make a slight departure from the band’s bigger sound by performing a solo, acoustic set from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, at the Muddy Creek Cafe, 5455 Bethania Road, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The event is free and open to the public.

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Annabelle’s Curse, Will Overman Band to play The Garage on Friday, Aug. 18

Two of my favorite on-the-rise bands — Annabelle’s Curse and Will Overman Band — that hail from opposite ends of Virginia are going to converge at The Garage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this weekend and I can hardly wait. I hope you will consider joining me for what promises to be a night of fantastic original Southern rock and Americana music. I promised you won’t be disappointed. The show begins at 9 p.m.

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Time Sawyer strikes all the right chords with ‘Wildest Dreams’ album release

If you are a fan of the Marshall Tucker Band and similar ’70s “Southern Fried Rock” groups, you are going to be a fan of Time Sawyer and this  Charlotte, North Carolina-based, alt-country, folk-rock band’s newest release, “Wildest Dreams.”
After a four-year hiatus, the band is introducing its sixth studio album as a follow-up to its well-received album, “Disguise the Limits.”
“Wildest Dreams” is the band’s most mature work to date, perhaps thanks to recording for the first time under the direction of Grammy-award winning producer Mike Ashworth (Steep Canyon Rangers) while recording inside the walls of the acclaimed Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Don’t miss Annabelle’s Curse, Time Sawyer and The Pinkerton Raid on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Garage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

If you are a fan of alt-country-rock, two of my favorite groups are playing on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Garage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and trust me, you are not going to want to miss this show!

While the guys from the Elkin-based Time Sawyer are no strangers to Winston-Salem music fans, this is the first time Annabelle’s Curse  will perform live in the Camel City with The Pinkerton Raid so we want to make sure we give them a big welcome.

Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m show located in downtown Winston-Salem at 110 West 7th St. This show is a steal with tickets starting at $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Purchase them here.

A folk, rock, songwriter group from Bristol, Virginia, Annabelle’s Curse was voted fan favorites at FloydFest a couple of years ago and are regulars at Bristol Rhythm and Roots  and Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, which is where I first heard them. Learn more about the group in some of The Huffington Post blog pieces I wrote here. Continue reading


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Annabelle’s Curse releases new digital EP, ‘Here and Now’ on Feb. 17

Annabelle’s Curse will release its new digital EP, “Here and Now” on Feb. 17, 2017. In the meantime, here’s the group’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission to tide you over.
You can catch this talented Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia-based, alt-rock-folk band live everywhere from Roanoke to Philly over the next month. Learn more about them here.

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