Afternoon Nap House Concert
Friday, Feb. 20
As a youngster in the late '80s and early '90s, Graham Lindsey was in the band Old Skull, a noisy outfit billed as "the youngest punk band in the world." Well, Lindsey is still a young guy, albeit the owner of one of those old souls that you hear about. And, musically speaking, he's quite a bit quieter these days, living in a cabin in the woods. His 2003 Famous Anonymous Wilderness, serves as a rustic showcase for his Dylanesque writing style, and the words "Gillian" and "Welch" continue to frequently appear in reviews. To order tickets, visit www.afternoonnap.org. --Rick Cornell
Jimmy T-99 Nelson
Loafers Beach Club
Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. $15 advance
He's the poor man's Big Joe Turner, but his close resemblance to the sound of Turner turned out to be a mixed blessing for Jimmy T-99 Nelson. Turner was just hitting his stride in Kansas City in the early 1950s with hits like "Chains of Love," "Honey Hush" and his biggest, "Shake Rattle And Roll." About the same time down in Texas, Nelson hit it big with "T-99 Blues," a slow rolling blues that mimicked Turner's laid back style and vocals. Though he doesn't do Turner covers, Nelson is one of the few living original purveyors of jump blues, Turner style, and his material still stands up today. For information, www.loafersbeachclub.com--Grant Britt
Blue Bayou Club
Saturday, Feb. 21
Local harp hero Mel Melton and his band the Wicked Mojos are planning a Mardi Gras fete for the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. Mel's cooking up a mess of chicken and sausage gumbo and red beans and rice in addition to serving up a couple of sets of swamp pop and zydeco. Food starts at 7 p.m. The party gets rolling at 9 p.m. $10 members, $12 non-members. For information, call 732-2555 or visit www.bluebayouclub.com.
Butchies Pajama Party,
Saturday, Feb. 21
It's a night of pjammin' with The Butchies, Roxotica and lesbian drag group the Cuntry Kings all decked out in their PJs for a rock and roll slumber party. The door is $7, but the price drops to $5 if you arrive in your sleepytime gear as well. Doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9:15 p.m.
Addison Groove Project w/ Urban Sophisticates
The Pour House Music Hall
Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.
"It's hard, you know, to put a label on the influences in a band like this," says guitarist and singer Brendan McGinn from his new Manhattan apartment of Addison Groove Project, the spirited, six-piece funk band that he helped found as a high schooler back in Boston some eight years ago. "It's such a huge collection of what six very musical, very different people have been listening to their entire lives." Those influences--from Beethoven to Mahavishnu John McLaughlin to Pink Floyd--have coalesced into one heavily syncopated, rockin' experience. Expect funked-up classic rock covers and swingin' originals. For more information, call 821-1120. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 day of show. --Grayson Currin
Battle of the High School Bands
Sunday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.
Bands from the Triangle and as far away as Wilkesboro and Concord square off at the Lincoln Theatre in the 3rd Annual Deep South Battle of the High School Bands. The bill includes Big Orange Lovely, Hot Vegas, Jarandao, Looking Back, The Dandy Lions, The Motion and The Prevalent Heroes--all recent winners of regional high school band shows. Tickets are $4 in advance, $6 day of show. Winners get a trip to New York for a showcase, a session in John Custer's recording studio and a mastering session by Bluefield Mastering. For more information, visit www.highschoolbattleofthebands.com
An Evening with Jerry Jeff Walker
The Pour House Music Hall
Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
A dancing bum with a dead dog hardly seems a suitable subject to build a career on, but it's worked well for Jerry Jeff Walker. His 1967 song "Mr. Bojangles" has been recorded by everyone from John Denver to Whitney Houston to Bob Dylan. Walker is one of the pioneers of the cosmic cowboy movement founded in Austin in the '70s. Along with Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Kinky Friedman, who re-invented the Texas music scene, mixing rock, country and folk. A DIY innovator, Walker's recording habits matched his wandering lifestyle. He roamed about with a mobile studio, stopping to record in remote areas of Texas. Tickets are $25. For information, visit www.the-pour-house.com. --Grant Britt