Arts Listings, Jan. 8

January 7, 2014 

  • Camper Van Beethoven comes to Carrboro

    The American rockabilly tradition that began with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams reached its wild burnout with late-’80s “Psychobilly” bands like Rev. Horton Heat, Country Dick Montana and the amazing Mojo Nixon .

    Carrboro’s own Dex Romweber was a figure in this era of music madness, as were a band of survivors playing the Cradle this week, Camper Van Beethoven.

    Formed in California in 1983, and known for their cult single “Take the Skinheads Bowling,” Camper Van brought musical styles together in a wild cocktail: Honky-Tonk, Swing, Country and Garage Rock.

    From its origins in punk music, Psychobilly influenced a slew of ’90s hardcore bands, but today its pioneers are a scattered tribe:

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion kept it rolling into this decade, but their wild energy has slowed. Get a construction job in New Orleans, and you might end up hearing stories of Country Dick Montana as you work beside a former drummer for Dash Rip Rock, another lost pioneer.

    That said, it’s good to see these forerunners of the Psychobilly freak-out slapping their bass cello here in Carrboro.

    Pyschobilly’s ethos might be summed in a song eulogizing Country Dick, by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors: “He was pure Rock ’n’ Roll / Chaos in his soul / He came to set us free.”

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

    When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.

    Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

    Tickets: $15-$18

    Info: 919-967-9053

Festivals/Events

HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL

The HIP (Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival will be from Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Friday, Feb. 7, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. mallarmemusic.org.

Music

BALDWIN AUDITORIUM

1336 Campus Drive. Jan. 17: “Three’s Company: Music for Voice, Piano Plus One.” Jan. 25: Ciompi Quartet. Jan. 26: Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. dukeperformances.duke.edu/venues/baldwin-auditorium.

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. Jan. 16: Bettye LaVette. Jan. 18: Carolina Idol talent competition. Jan. 25: “A Cappella Jam.” Feb. 5: America. Feb. 7: Travis Tritt. Feb. 9: Buddy Guy. Feb. 12: Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi. Feb. 13: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Valerie June. Feb. 14: Jon Batiste. Feb. 15: The Wailin’ Jennys. Feb. 16: “Romantic European Riches.” Feb. 24: Brett Dennen. Feb. 28: The Mavericks. 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DUKE CHAPEL

401 Chapel Drive. Jan. 14: Ciompi Quartet. Jan. 26: David Arcus. 919-660-3333, music.duke.edu.

DUKE UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT

All events in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, and free, unless otherwise noted. Jan. 12: “French Connections.” Jan. 16: Alexander Technique Master Class with William Conable. Jan. 17, Biddle Music Building: “Rare Music Concert.” 919-660-3333, music.duke.edu.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. Jan. 11: Patti LaBelle. Jan. 31: Pixies, Cults. Feb. 8: Gov’t Mule. March 8: Celtic Woman. March 18: The Moody Blues. March 20: The Ten Tenors-On Broadway. March 24: Crosby, Stills and Nash. March 27: Zakir Hussain. April 6: Get The Led Out. May 9: Brit Floyd. dpacnc.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

305 E. Main St. Jan. 19: Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus. Jan. 26: Women’s Voices Chorus, “Songs of My Sisters.” Feb. 2: Mallarmé Chamber Players, “Baroque Hipsters.”

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. Jan. 15: The Commanders. Jan. 23: Lowland Hum, Look Homeward. Jan. 24: Django Haskins, Gary Louris. Jan. 26: Anna Rose Beck. motorcomusic.com.

PINHOOK

117 W. Main St. Jan. 8: “Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.” Jan. 9: Totally Slow, The Bastages, The B-Side Project. Jan. 10: “Mods & Rockers Revue.” Jan. 29: Ras Kass, Copywrite. Jan. 31: Le1f. 919-667-1100, thepinhook.com.

SHARP NINE GALLERY

4608 Industry Lane. Jan. 11: Ernest Turner Trio, Larry Q. Draughn, Kenny Phelps-McKeown. Jan. 18: Scott Sawyer, Dave Finucane Duo. Jan. 21: North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Feb. 8: Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz Duo. 919-486-5299, durhamjazzworkshop.org.

Receptions/Openings

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL

120 Morris St. Jan. 17: “Silvia Heyden and Edith London: Together Again.” 5-7 p.m. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.

PLEIADES GALLERY

109 E. Chapel Hill St. Jan. 17: “transFORM.” 6-9 p.m. 919-797-2706, pleiadesartdurham.com.

ROBERT AND PEARL SEYMOUR CENTER

2551 Homestead Road. Jan. 13: The Seymour Quilters. 5:30-7 p.m.

VEGA METALS

214 Hunt St. Saturdays: Art Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-688-8267, www.vegametals.com.

Theater/Dance

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St.Jan. 11: Drew Carey. Jan. 18: “Ridin Wit’ Joe Crack.” Feb. 8: “Defending the Caveman.” March 12: Scott Simon. March 13: Jim Jefferies. March 27-30: “The Sorcerer.” March 28: Jay Leno. April 8-13: “The Wizard of Oz.” April 29-30: “American Idiot.” May 3: Carolina Ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” May 10: Brian Regan. May 13-18: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” May 30-June 1: “Mamma Mia!” 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.

CARRACK MODERN ART

111 Parrish St. Jan. 18: “Experiments.” 919-295-0176.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. Jan. 21-26: “Once.” Feb. 1-2: “Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned.” Feb. 11: “The Book of Mormon.” March. 11-16: “Evita.” March 28: Jay Leno. May 10: Brian Regan. dpacnc.org.

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