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Rock Picks: Fabulous Knobs and Little Diesel on New Year’s Eve

Skylar Gudasz, Birds of Avalon, Compton & Newberry and Jack the Radio play Raleigh’s First Night on Dec. 31st.
Skylar Gudasz, Birds of Avalon, Compton & Newberry and Jack the Radio play Raleigh’s First Night on Dec. 31st. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Back in their heyday, 30-some years ago, the Fabulous Knobs were North Carolina’s very own version of the Rolling Stones – local royalty and rock stars, even if they never got any bigger than nightclubs. But they were pretty much the last word in liquor-fueled good times before scattering. And after a long hiatus, the surviving Knobs have begun reconvening to play the occasional live show again, including New Year’s Eve. Saturday night will find the Knobs onstage at Raleigh’s Pour House and sharing the bill with another historically significant North Carolina group, Peter Holsapple’s pre-dB’s band Little Diesel.

Showtime is 9 p.m. at the Pour House, 224 S. Blount St., and tickets are $25-$30. See thepourhousemusichall.com for details.

Other highlights

  • This week is pretty much all about New Year’s Eve, which will make Saturday night even more hopping than usual. The great Dex Romweber will light up The Cave in Chapel Hill; Raleigh Ritz goes “back to the ‘90s” with I Was Totally Destroying It’s MTV-era tribute-band spinoff 120 Minutes; Big Something plays Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle has London Souls; and Birds of Avalon, Compton & Newberry, Jack the Radio, Skylar Gudasz and more makes Raleigh’s First Night a really solid choice.
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