Arts Listings, Feb. 19

February 21, 2014 

John Brown's Body from Boston and Ithaca, N.Y., performs what the group calls “Future Roots Music”

  • John Brown’s Body: Music to shake the snow off

    This story starts in Skowhegan, seat of Somerset County, in Maine. The story is about John Brown’s Body, but that was not what brought us to the opera house that night.

    It was 2009, in wintertime. Five years earlier, the Rustic Overtones had disbanded after brushes with major-label prominence.

    It’s hard for a kid from Portland to understate the importance of the Overtones. In the ’90s, ska and punk and a small revival in swing music blared on WCYY, the Maine coast’s alternative rock station.

    Those sounds came together in the Overtones. They were local guys whose younger kids went to school with us. They even got called to New York by a major label, but the deal fell through.

    So years later, two friends whose orbits had stretched wide apart and far from the Pine Tree State drove northward together for a small reunion show.

    Opening at the Skowhegan Opera House was John Brown’s Body. The bass player looked about 16, with a rat-tail haircut. He played dub-reggae bass notes so heavy they shook snow off the roof.

    JBB was playing again in Portland that weekend, and we told everyone about them.

    They’re playing in Carrboro tonight, and now I’m telling you.

    When: Tonight, 8 p.m.

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

    Tickets: $12-$15

    Info: 919-967-9053

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT

The DURM Hip Hop Summit Concert Series begins on Friday, Feb. 21, with Kourvioisier, Young Dirt and Toon & The Real Laww at 10 p.m. at Devine’s, 904 W. Main St. There will be shows every third Friday. durmhiphopsummit.com.

SWEET ARTS

The Durham Art Guild’s 20th annual Sweet Arts Art Auction and Fundraiser will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at 120 Morris St. Tickets cost $35 individually or $30 each for two or more. bit.ly/20thsweetarts.

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL SEASON GRANTS

The Durham Arts Council will accept applications for the Season Grant program until 9 p.m. Monday, March 3. durhamarts.org/artistinfo_seasongrant.html.

EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS

The Durham Arts Council’s 30th annual Emerging Artists Awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at 120 Morris St. durhamarts.org.

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be from Thursday, April 3, to Sunday, April 6, in Durham. fullframefest.org.

DURHAM ART WALK SPRING MARKET

The Durham Art Walk Spring Market will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, downtown. Artists may register online until Monday, Feb. 24. durhamartwalk.com, durhamartwalk.com/artists/artist-registration.

Music

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. Feb. 24: Brett Dennen. Feb. 28: The Mavericks. March 2: The Durham Symphony, “Music and Musicians of N.C.” March 14: Rosanne Cash. March 18: Eddie Money. March 20: Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. March 22: Arturo Sandoval. March 23: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Concert Singers of Cary, “A Touch of Neo-Classicism.” April 10: Jesse Cook. April 18: Ben Sollee. May 11: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, “The Past Meets the Present.” 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DUKE UNIVERSITY

April 6, Page Auditorium: Kidznotes, Duke Chamber Players. 919-684-4444, dukeperformances.duke.edu.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. 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 1: Rob Thomas. May 6: Ledisi, The Robert Glasper Experience. May 9: Brit Floyd. May 11: Jaheim. June 5: Weezer. June 22: Ringo Starr, All Starr Band. dpacnc.org.

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. Feb. 23: The Recently Deceased, Motorbilly. Feb. 25: Augustines. motorcomusic.com.

Receptions/Openings

BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE

401-B Foster St. Feb. 21 and March 21: Jessica Ullom, “Hawks and Doves.” 6-9 p.m. 919-949-4847, bullcityarts.org.

PLEIADES GALLERY

109 E. Chapel Hill St. Feb. 21: Jena Matzen, Saba Barnard, “Glow.” 6-9 p.m. 919-797-2706, pleiadesartdurham.com.

SCRAP EXCHANGE

923 Franklin St. Feb. 21: Jeannette Brossart, “The ABCs of Reuse.” 6-9 p.m. 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org.

VEGA METALS

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

Theater/Dance/Comedy

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. March 10-11: Aziz Ansari, “Modern Romance.” March 12: Scott Simon. March 13: Jim Jefferies. March 21: The Upright Citizens Brigade. 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.

COMMON GROUND THEATRE

4815-B Hillsborough Road. Feb. 22: “Improv Evolution.” Feb. 28, March 1: Third Date. 919-698-3870, cgtheatre.com.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. March 11-16: “Evita.” March 28: Jay Leno. April 5: Chelsea Handler. April 26: The Tenderloins. May 10: Brian Regan. May 21: Eddie Izzard. Oct. 25: Bill Cosby. Nov. 8: Joan Rivers. dpacnc.org.

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