upcoming shows you should check out
THE ELIMINATORS REUNITE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
One could spend all day on discogs.com rooting out the forgotten one-album wonders of ‘60s and ‘70s funk and soul. The vast majority of these artists like Syreeta, General Crook, Side Effect or the Eight Minutes exist today only on vinyl and out of press, and if they’re still alive have little incentive to go back to the stage. That’s no longer true for one of Winston-Salem’s all-time great funk and soul groups the Eliminators. The 11-piece band that were once staples at defunct night spots like the Dungeon Club and Kosmopolite is reuniting with almost all of its original lineup at Winston-Salem State Uinversity’s Anderson Center this Saturday for a single three-hour performance. Sax player and revered music teacher James Funches unfortunately passed away in early March, and drummer Carl Johnson won’t be participating. The band only had one album actually released, 1972’s Loving Explosion, so the 10 tracks within will be bolstered by covers from their era. No material from the unreleased 1976 album will be performed. Tickets for the show are $30, and drinks and light appetizers will be served at 8 p.m.
A PLACE TO SWAP, MEET, BUT NO SWAPPING OF MEAT
From 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the Blind Tiger will turn into a Brooklyn street fair of sorts. Vendors will sell handmade art and crafts, DJs will spin, food trucks will make us wish we had a better city council, and then two awesome rock bands will tear the doors off the sucker. The Greensboro Hand-to-Hand Market will offer all of those things, but without the crippling status anxiety. There’ll will be cool art, handmade clothes, SPCLGST will drop breaks and electro on the ones and twos, and Chirba, Chirba and Only Burger will have awesome eats made inside a vehicle. Later, anti-folk hero Paleface and Crooked Fingers, the lo-fi rock side band of Archers of Loaf monolith Eric Bachmann, will perform for a nominal fee. Those who purchase their tickets for that after show early will receive them as sweet screen-printed keepsakes. The after-party kicks off at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Check out handtohandmarket.com for more details.
AT THIS MOMENT, YOU SHOULD BE WITH JANE’S ADDICTION
In an alternate reality where Nevermind never happened, Jane’s Addiction would have gotten along better on the first Lollapalooza tour, they would have followed up Ritual de lo Habitual with an album of whimsical punk and art-rock, and ‘90s rock would have been modeled on their funky, happy-go-lucky bravura. Porno for Pyros still would’ve happened though. Everyone would’ve been much happier ultimately, I believe. A small consolation, at least, is that the lengthy tour Jane’s Addiction is undertaking to support their fourth album The Great Escape Artist is a reminder that the nostalgia rock for the current 30-40 set is much, much cooler than the one from 10-15 years ago. Perry Farrell versus Steve Perry (or the current incarnation of Journey) is no contest. That tour swings back to North Carolina next week for two more dates, first up being Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh on Tuesday, May 22 and followed by Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte on Wednesday, May 23. Tickets range from around $50 to $75, with both shows starting at 8:30 p.m. and alt-rockers the Duke Spirit opening.