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Rock Picks: It’s a Don Dixon weekend at the Cat’s Cradle

Don Dixon rules the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro this weekend. He plays with the Red Clay Ramblers and Coastal Cohorts Friday night, with collaborator (and spouse) Marti Jones on Saturday, and as Me & Dixon with his old Arrogance bandmate Rod Abernethy on Sunday.
Don Dixon rules the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro this weekend. He plays with the Red Clay Ramblers and Coastal Cohorts Friday night, with collaborator (and spouse) Marti Jones on Saturday, and as Me & Dixon with his old Arrogance bandmate Rod Abernethy on Sunday.

Don Dixon hasn’t lived in the Triangle for a couple of decades, but we’re still proud to call the renowned singer/bassist/producer one of our own. And he’s in the midst of quite a homestand over at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Friday is the final installment of a three-night run by the Red Clay Ramblers and Coastal Cohorts, with the Ramblers and fellow travelers including Dixon and Jim Wann playing theatrically inclined selections from “King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running,” “Pump Boys & Dinettes” and other stage works. Following that, Dixon will also play the Back Room on Saturday with his longtime collaborator (and spouse) Marti Jones, at which you can expect everything from Americana to bossa nova; and Sunday as his band Me & Dixon, with his old Arrogance bandmate Rod Abernethy opening.

For ticket prices and showtimes, see catscradle.com.

Other highlights

  • Happy holidays: This week’s seasonal shows include Commander Cody guitarist Bill Kirchen’s “Honky Tonk Holiday Review” Friday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom; Delta Rae’s “A Holiday Celebration” Saturday at the Carrboro ArtsCenter; the “Annual Mayhem Christmas Bash” with Old Habits Saturday at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Caitlin Cary and members of the Connells, Backsliders, Ben Folds 5 and more playing Wednesday’s “Songs From Downstairs” year-end bash at Neptunes in Raleigh; and Asleep at the Wheel’s “Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all!” Thursday at the ArtsCenter.
  • Punch Brothers: One of last summer’s most perfect shows was Punch Brothers playing on a balmy July night at Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art, which conjured up an almost magical vibe in which both band and audience could do no wrong. “Next time we come back,” leader Chris Thile said at the end, “we want this same exact crowd to be there.” That next time is Thursday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre., on Punch Brothers’ “Single Microphone Tour.” Anais Mitchell opens at 8 p.m. Tickets: $37-$78.50. See carolinatheatre.org.
  • Also happening: Friday brings jam band Dopapod to the Lincoln Theatre, Jonathan Byrd to Cary Theater for a 6 String Cafe show, Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan to Nightlight in Chapel Hill and yacht-rock satirists the Wusses to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall. Southern Culture on the Skids grease up the Cradle Saturday. Hebrew rapper Matisyahu holds forth Sunday at the Carolina, which has pianist Vanessa Carlton on Monday. Metric and AWOLNATION play Raleigh’s Ritz on Tuesday, the same night the Cradle has avant-classical folkies San Fermin and Sam Amidon. Finally, the Get Up Kids’ 20-year anniversary tour comes to the Cradle on Wednesday.
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