SHOWS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUTSUMMER SHUFFLE RELEASE PARTY AT CFBG
Shuffle, the quarterly magazine dedicated to highlighting the best in independent music of the Carolinas, is releasing its 16th issue this week. Given the math that’s implicit, it seems like it should also be some kind of anniversary, but Milton Abramowitz wasn’t available to verify. Anyhow, CFBG is playing host to the Triad edition of the Shuffle No. 16 release party with a trio of excellent North and South Carolina bands in the spotlight. In addition to bemused Greensboro indie rockers Drag Sounds and Charleston garage-wop band Company, Winston-Salem fuzz-pop purveyors Estrangers, who are featured in that issue (penned by yours truly), will headline the evening. It’s a great opportunity to not only support some great local music, but also one of the few local establishments that carries new vinyl in one fell swoop. Admission to the show is $5, and the music starts at 9:30 p.m.
AARON NEVILLE QUINTET COMES TO THE CAROLINA THEATRE
It’s quite possible that Aaron Neville is the most famous of the renowned Neville family of musicians, but also the most underappreciated. Once thought a one-hit wonder, his fractious discography begins with the 1967 pop standard “Tell It Like It Is,” picks up in the early ’80s as the voice of the Neville Brothers and hits its highwater mark in the late ’80s and early ’90s as a VH1 staple, dueting on a handful of adult contempo hits with Linda Ronstadt. Now, the New Orleans native with the feathery falsetto is on the verge of releasing his first new album in eight years, a collection of his favorite doo-wop covers co-produced by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and featuring an assortment of big-name support cameos. Keith Richards himself plays guitar, along with Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on organ, Norah Jones, and jazz bassist Tony Scherr among others. Neville will surely have a few in his set when he comes to the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro this Saturday for a performance with his quintet. Tickets are $47.50, $42.50, or $37.50, and the music starts at 8 p.m. with opener the Will McBride Group.
IBRAHIM MYERS UPDATE (SPOILER ALERT: IT’S GOOD)
It’s only halfway through 2012, but the flyer for Ibrahim’s Ultra Fun Day is already the favorite for the fake Best Local Concert Flyer Award. The smiling, zombified Ibrahim Myers, the Winston-Salem cyclist who was struck by a vehicle one year and two weeks ago, has made excellent progress in his rehab, but he isn’t the only one being resurrected for Saturday’s benefit show at Ziggy’. Naked Angels and Line Drive, two seminal late ’80s and early ’90s Triad hardcore bands, are reuniting to headline the daylong fundraising concert and art auction that includes a who’s-who of local artists. There’s no single genre-specific undercurrent to the concert, as lo-fi pop outfit Estrangers fit right alongside metalheads Vanisher and garage rockers 220 Short. The lineup is rounded out by Echo Crush, Mike Bennett & the B-String All Stars, Drugs, Jacob Myrick, Joe Blevins, Transylvania Transport Co., Marcus Hodges and Slawterhaus 5. Doors for the show are 3 p.m. and tickets are $10, with all proceeds going to Myers’ medical bills.