On the Beat Blog
Posted by David Menconi on September 14, 2014
RALEIGH -- For most of its opening stretch, Saturday’s Farm Aid concert at Walnut Creek was a pretty mellow affair during the afternoon portion. There were a few onstage sparks -- Gary Clark Jr.’s blues-rock guitar, local country band Delta Rae wielding more drums than anyone this side of Imagine Dragons -- but the energy level never really went beyond medium-sized.
Until the dinner hour, that is. That’s when Jack White came out and blew everyone away, winning the undercard portion of the 16-act Farm Aid program going away. Few contemporary performers exhibit such a keen grasp on the fine art of rock stardom, and White had every last gesture and nuance nailed down to the last detail.
Fronting a highly skilled band that combined folksy instrumentation with an absolutely thunderous rhythm section, White swung the hammer of the gods while howling like a man possessed. I was honestly more impressed with White as a guitar-shredder than the highly regarded Clark. “Seven Nation Army” closed out White’s too-short set, with that introductory riff sounding like doom itself.
Posted by David Menconi on September 7, 2014
The Whom, comprising members of long-ago Triangle stars Motorolla, conjure up The Who with much brilliance.
Posted by David Menconi on September 4, 2014
Campbell Brothers will play “A Love Supreme” Friday to kick off the Bull Durham Blues Festival at Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center. Megafaun’s Phil Cook will team up with Piedmont blues institution John Dee Holeman to open the show at 6 p.m.
Posted by David Menconi on September 3, 2014
Even if you don't buy a ticket to the paid part of World of Bluegrass, there's plenty of action on the streets for free that weekend. Event organizers released the lineup for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, which will offer free concerts by big-name acts.