Friday, April 8, 2011

Gareth Asher & The Infantry, Junior Brown, Elonzo tonight (4/8/11)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Gareth Asher & The Infantry The Georgia-born singer-songwriter grew up on funk, rock and soul before he ever started crafting any Southern soul and rock of his own. Drawing comparisons to heavyweights like Ray Charles and John Lennon, his album takes electric guitars and driving rhythm coupling those with strings by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Gabrahm Vitek is also on the bill. $8. The Evening Muse. (Mike McCray)

Junior Brown Brown can time-travel to a honky-tonk in the ’50s and the beer-swilling denizens wouldn’t lift an eye, because his drawling baritone and quivering twang fit right into those environs. Of course, when they got a peek at Brown’s personal creation, the “guit-steel,” a double-necked combo of electric guitar and lap steel, those glazed eyeballs would surely squint in puzzlement. Thankfully, Brown lives among us and is rarely in a rush with crooning and playing that’s been his signature for nearly two decades. The Wiggle Wagons will open. $20-$30. Neighborhood Theatre. (Samir Shukla)

Elonzo The growth curve for this young Rock Hill group led by Jeremy Davis has been impressive. From tentative and often formless folk rock a couple of years back to its highly accomplished sophomore effort, the recently released A Letter to a Friend, Elonzo has matured into a valid contender for the next great rural-flavored Carolinas’ rock act. The record’s 10 songs curry enough indie elements to keep it from all the usual roots rock clichés, including richly variegated textures and some choruses enormous enough to require your participation. With North Elementary, Organos, and Anna Bullard. $5. Snug Harbor. (John Schacht)

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