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The best country picks, February 28

CorrespondentFebruary 27, 2014 

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Friday night, the Mavericks bring the old and new to Durham for a concert at the Carolina Theatre.

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    • Also Friday, the Celtic duo Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas perform at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Saturday brings guitar wizards Ed Gerhard, Danny Gotham and Wes Collins to the Community Church in Chapel Hill.

    • Durham marks the beginning of Lent with a Mardi Gras parade and street celebration featuring live music on Fat Tuesday (info at durhammardigras.com). On Wednesday, bluegrass stalwarts Tommy Edwards, Lanelle Davis and Gene Knight play at Architect Bar in downtown Raleigh. And Thursday, Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh hosts the “Three Band Night” fundraiser for the Community Music School. Tommy Edwards and Friends, the Gravy Boys and Old Habits will perform.

The Nashville-based Mavericks made their debut in 1989, at a time when country music was vibrant with intelligent, diverse creativity. Behind the sultry lead vocals of Cuban-American Raul Malo, the Mavericks, who initially operated out of Miami, were the antithesis of the cookie-cutter acts that dominate the airwaves today. With reflections of Roy Orbison’s soaring tenor, Malo brought soul to country with such radio hits as “All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down” and “Dance the Night Away.” After an eight-year absence, the Mavericks reunited in 2012 and released their latest CD, “In Time.” Friday night, the Mavericks bring the old and new to Durham for an 8 p.m. concert at the Carolina Theatre. For more information, visit carolinatheatre.org.

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