I endeavor to shine a light on local artists in “30 Days Out.” This time I only cover one of those, because the touring acts coming to town are so noteworthy.
Artist: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Venue: Asheville Music Hall
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show
They’re a trio but their sound is big enough to justify the name. Raucous, uproarious, good timin’ music: just the right tonic for these times.
Artist: Jill Sobule
Venue: Isis Lounge
Date: Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
I had the unequaled pleasure of seeing Sobule perform as part of the ill fated Charlotte Pop Festival; she was a highlight of that star-crossed event way back in 2009. Her wit and humor won the day. She’s a superbly engaging performer, and I suspect that the intimate vibe of Isis’ upstairs lounge will show her to best effect. This is a rare opportunity to see an artist of Sobule’s stature in such a setting. Don’t miss it!
Artist: Pimps of Pompe
Venue: Highland Brewing Downtown
Date: Saturday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Hot jazz inspired by hip hop? Realy? Yes, and it works. This local act is one of the more unique around. I interviewed them about two years ago, and it’s great to see them getting back into action after the you-know-what slowed things down for an extended period.
Artist: Bob Mould
Venue: The Grey Eagle
Date: Sunday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
Bob Mould is an elder statesman of punk. His work with Hüsker Dü and Sugar is essential and legendary. But his solo work — quite an extensive catalog now — is every bit as fascinating and rewarding. As expected, he’s a great interview. In fact, he’s so good that I fashioned two pieces out of our recent talk. Here’s one, and here’s the other.
Be careful out there!