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The best rock picks, May 10

dmenconi@newsobserver.comMay 9, 2013 

Music Ry Cooder

"Boomer's Story -- A Celebration of Ry Cooder," a tribute show to Cooder's 1972 cult-classic album, will start at 8 p.m. Friday at Saxapahaw's Haw River Ballroom.


  • Other highlights:

    • Also Friday, The Darkness brings your most excessive rock-star dreams to life Friday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Bevel Summers shows off a new album Saturday at Chapel Hill’s Local 506, with Wylie Hunter also on the bill; Josh Ritter, one of the finest songwriters in all the land nowadays, plays Sunday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle; also Sunday, old-time icon Alice Gerrard is at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, Robert Randolph’s Family Band lights up Haw River Ballroom, dusty-voiced troubadour Ryan Bingham plays the Lincoln Theatre and Carol Burnett holds forth at Durham Performing Arts Center; Fleet Foxes alumnus Father John Misty plays the Cradle Wednesday; and earthy New Orleans singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King plays Durham’s Pinhook on Thursday (and Kings in Raleigh next Friday, May 17).

Ry Cooder is one of those musicians whose influence transcends mere popularity. Buena Vista Social Club aside, he’s never been a huge record-seller. And yet his omnivorous influence continues to crop up in the most unexpected places, including among young bands with freak-folk leanings. Thus we have “Boomer’s Story -- A Celebration of Ry Cooder,” a tribute show to Cooder’s 1972 cult-classic album. Megafaun guitarist Phil Cook is the ringleader, aided and abetted by like-minded players from Hiss Golden Messenger, Mount Moriah, Chatham County Line, Mandolin Orange, The Tender Fruit and more. It should be a splendid evening, commencing at 8 p.m. Friday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Tickets are $15. For details, see

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