Here’s the deal: If you complained about the heat this summer, then you don’t get to complain about the cold this winter. You gotta pick one. Also, it’s January. It’s supposed to be cold. Even my kids are wearing jackets. And they hate jackets.
On to the Weekender…
- Across the Blue Ridge — Old Sounds, New Trails, a concert series from the Blue Ridge Music Center and WFDD begins at the UNCG School of Music tonight with hosts Paul Brown & the Piedmont Pals, with 2015 Grammy nominee Alice Gerrard, Laurelyn Dossett and Scott Manring in support. (GSO)
- Jazz pianist Joe Albany was in the avant garde in the 1940s and ’50s, when modern jazz reached new heights. But a heroin addiction brought him down until the 1970s, when he resurfaced in New York. Low Down, a documentary about his life and art, is told from the point of view of his daughter. It screens at Geeksboro as part of its Arthouse Revival series. (GSO)
- Feel Alright Fridays is the newest event from the mind grapes of Ryan Saunders, under the Create Your City Banner. This one’s a reggae show at the Boiler Room with Oogee Wa Wa. (GSO)
- LIVE! At the Green Bean comes from the Agency Collective, a rock show featuring Sanders Davis, the Grand Ole Uproar and Emily Stewart & the Baby Teeth. It’s an early one, with music starting at 8 p.m. (GSO)
- More Greensboro action with Daddy Issues at New York Pizza, with Echo Courts, the Toothe and Trunkweed in support.
- Looking for a token Winston-Salem Friday night event? I’d recommend Delurk Gallery, where The Little Things, an art show comprised entirely of pieces smaller than 14 inches by local artists. Otherwise it’s kind of quiet tonight.
- Collapss — not Collapsis, that’s something else — plays among the mannequins and costume jewelry at Mack and Mack this evening. Collapss is comprised of Steven Landis, Brian Guy Tyndall of the Mantras, Steven Stusek and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone and Tadeu Coelho on flute, with movement artist Brianna Taylor on hand for the flow. The show starts at 7 p.m. (GSO)
- The Garage gets a strong Saturday night show by Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, touting their new album The Absolute Elsewhere, with Channing & Quinn in support.
- Never heard of the bands, but Candydick and Manatree at Reanimator gets in the calendar because of the best band name so far in 2015. The early show starts at 7 p.m. Efforts to Google the first band were… disturbing.
- Travis Tritt‘s playing the venerable Carolina Theatre tonight. From Jordan Green, in this week’s TCB: “Travis Tritt made a hit out of Steve Earle’s ‘My Old Friend the Blues’ in the late 1980s. ‘Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)’ was also memorable — and a favorite of a redneck girl three years my senior who was I was trying to date when I was 17. Tritt was one of the more soulful of the crop of new traditionalists in Nashville at the time. My perspective is probably severely skewed: I had a casual and easygoing relationship with country radio back then; now, I feel profoundly alienated from whatever hits are churned out of Nashville these days — calling that music “country” feels like a slap in the face. Travis Tritt gets my thumbs up.” (GSO)