This time of year is supposed to be about coming together and renewing ties with long-sundered acquaintances. So what could be more seasonally appropriate than a onetime hometown band playing its first show in Durham in…45 years?! That would be The Bondsmen, a ’60s-vintage garage band from Durham whose drummer Phil Pearson went on to achieve Americana infamy as That Heartless Wretch Phil Lee. As for Pearson/Lee’s old band, The Bondsmen left behind enough of a recorded legacy to get prime placement on the “Tobacco A Go-Go Volume One” garage-rock compilation; but they hadn’t actually played together in decades, until a series of reunion shows this year.
After playing Charlotte back in June, the reconvened Bondsmen will be at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall Sunday for their first Bull City performance since 1970. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Thee Dirtybeats open. Tickets are $10. See motorcomusic.com for details.
- Thursday’s New Year’s Eve options include Love Language with Zack Mexico at Raleigh’s Pour House; interstellar soul man Benji Hughes at Chapel Hill’s Local 506, with Melissa Swingle Duo; Big Something at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; Dexter Romweber and Crash LaResh at The Cave in Chapel Hill; the First Night lineup in downtown Raleigh, featuring Scythian, See Gulls, TOW3RS, John Dee Holeman, Jonathan Byrd and more; and if you’re up for trekking out of town, Avett Brothers at Greensboro Coliseum.
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