Clubs & Concerts

The Great Cover Up

When: Dec. 13-15, 8:30 p.m. 2012

It all began with a simple gimmick: Ask a bunch of locals to play short cover sets for charity, and keep the lineup a secret until the event starts. In years past, Great Cover-Up performances have included memorable tributes to Parliament/Funkadelic and Pavement; Devo, Danzig and The Damned; Oasis and Swans. There's no telling what this year's roster has in store, but with five or more bands per night, the odds are good for pleasant surprises. But unforgettable sets are only one part of the beloved and nobly intentioned tradition. This year, as with every other, the three-night stand at Kings is dedicated to raising money for local charities. This time around, proceeds benefit InterAct of Wake County, The Beehive Collective, KidZNotes and SPCA of Wake County. By now The Great Cover-Up is something of an institution, having survived the closing of the first Kings, a fill-in period at Tir Na Nog, and a return to Kings in its now well-established Martin Street space. That simple gimmick, it turns out, gets plenty of mileage. The sets begin at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. —Bryan C. Reed

Price: $6-8

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