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Rock Picks: Eleni Mandell will get folksy in Chapel Hill

Eleni Mandell displays a folk side with her new album “Dark Lights Up.” She’ll play Thursday at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.
Eleni Mandell displays a folk side with her new album “Dark Lights Up.” She’ll play Thursday at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.

Eleni Mandell will show her folk side at Local 506 show in Chapel Hill

In the absence of Pete Seeger (who passed on last year), the Great American Singalong Throne is conspicuously vacant at the moment. Unexpectedly, however, Los Angeles singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell sounds like a contender based on her folksy new album “Dark Lights Up” (Yep RocRecords). Where Mandell’s previous efforts were more alternative-slanted, the dozen songs on “Dark Lights Up” (an album reportedly inspired by a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville) sound perfect for being sung around a campfire at a rural folk festival somewhere. Mandell will play live Thursday at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, on a bill with Courtney Marie Andrews and Pete Pawsey. Music starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $10. See local506.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Friday brings Kansas quartet Appleseed Cast to Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room, gospel star Erica Campbell to Durham’s Carolina Theatre and Red Hat Amphitheater’s ongoing greatest-hits-of-the-’90s series with Faith No More.
  • Triangle expatriate Greg Humphreys returns to open for the great psychedelic soul man Shuggie Otis at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre Saturday, the same night English Beat comes to the Cradle.
  • Tuesday, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die attempts to live up to that name at Local 506. Lower Dens play Kings Wednesday.
  • And Thursday has multiple options for fans of long-in-the-tooth classicists with Boz Scaggs at the Carolina, and Steely Dan with Elvis Costello at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek.
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