Friday, January 28, 2011

Alejandro Escovedo, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Lee Boys and more live music (1-28-11)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & THE SENSITIVE BOYS Escovedo, to many, is one of the few, count-on-your-hands-and-feet real music legends-in-waiting we have in the roots music genre. But as with a monarchy, the people haven't had as much say in the matter as have the writers and critics everywhere who swoon with every strum of his beat-to-hell guitar. Blending Tex-Mex with punk (check out Escovedo's incarnation in the Nuns) and adding in a healthy dose of wide open space, Escovedo's music is indeed often spare, beautiful and honest to the point of wincing — you can tell some of the words he sings cut on their way out. Man still puts on a hot show, however, if often truncated to an hour or less the last couple of times I've seen him. $20-$35. Neighborhood (Timothy C. Davis)


GARRIGAN Garrigan (Poprocket, The Garrigan Brothers, Transmission Fields) has been a fixture on the Charlotte music scene for years. And not just a static, lamp post-like fixture, mind you — he's had his hands in any number of good bands over the years, and takes more creative chances than most. Now he's got likely his strongest band ever to back his own considerable fretwork (Shawn Lynch, CR Rollyson, Jason Atkins), and the results are palpable. Not pap or pablum, mind you. Palpable, powerful pop. With The Spiveys & Small Talk Industries. $5. Visulite Theatre. (Davis)

THE LEE BOYS This sacred steel group definitely keeps the family style going. Three brothers and three cousins know how to get a crowd moving with their infectious grooves and soulful vocals. The guys grew up in the church and have brought a piece of that into its Robert Randolph-like fusion of rock, soul and funk. $10. 10 p.m. Double Door Inn. (Jeff Hahne)


HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL Like a New Orleans jazz band that meets up with its rock cousin and heads to a bluegrass hoedown, HGTR are unpeggaeably genuine. The combo has become so adept at merging American music genres, that the banjo seems feistier and the guitar, the horns and the percussion seemingly dance along with abandon. With Matrimony and Efren. $8. Snug (Samir Shukla)


JODI BLU Putting your name in the same sentence as legendary songwriters like Smokey Robinson and Willie Dixon is a bold move, but Jodi Blu is holding herself to a different standard from many of her peers. The Charlotte product blends jazz, spoken word and R&B into thoughtful, considerate and calculated soul, with its slant very much on feel-good music of the past. Undergroundqween is also on the bill. Wine Up. (Mike McCray)


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