JAM | Yonrico Scott Band
Sat. Nov. 25
Well known among jam-base fans as a member of the hot rhythm section of Southern-tinged funk-fusion group The Derek Trucks Band, drummer and percussionist Yonrico “Rico” Scott, 50, is currently carving a niche as a bandleader in his own right with the musically adventurous Yonrico Scott Band. The trio features the entire DTB rhythm section, with Scott on drum kit and various hand and mallet percussion, Todd Smallie on bass guitar, and Kofi Burbridge on flute and keyboards. The threesome dedicate their efforts as a group to serious rhythmic and melodic investigation. The Atlanta-based trio issued a debut album in 2004 titled Turning the Corner, which grooves in its own electric funk-jazz setting while extending unpredictably into a variety of international musical styles. “It’s almost like world music, but in a newer sense,” says Scott. “Usually, I say it’s a mix of funk, jazz, blues, Latin, rhythm … but we always surprise the audience with something swingin’.” Check www.yonricoscottband.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY
JAZZ | Vintage Velvet
Sat. Nov. 25
The Map Room
While there’s no shortage of groups in town handling renditions of popular songs, only a few are as dapper and swingin’ as Vintage Velvet. Their swingin’ mix of jazz, blues, and pop really moves. Vocalist Regina Ruopoli, keyboardist/vocalist Jeff Castle, electric guitarist Steve Coe, bassist Frank Ruopoli, and drummer Nick Jenkins tend to play a high-style mix of jazz, blues, and early-radio pop music from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s — from smooth, jazzy cocktail standards and showtunes to bossa nova, big band, and reworkings of popular Top 40 stuff. “We’re always trying to delve into the jazz catalog a little deeper to find the lesser-known and less-often played tunes that are still fantastic,” says Ruopoli. “No matter what, we give them our own spin and make them accessible to our audience, which is quite varied from a demographic standpoint.” Check www.vintagevelvetband.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY
METAL | “Benefit for Jamon Leveille”
w/ Syraphem, Belligerent, Handgun Sonata, The Rejectors, Broken Bliss, Two Steps Back, The Citizen, The Defilers, Rosemont
Sat. Nov. 25
“Chucktown’s metal madmen” — local hardcore band Syraphem — are encouraging friends and fans to support lead singer Jamon Leveille as he recuperates from extra serious internal injuries following a major car accident last month. “Syraphem would like to thank each and every one of you who has come to see us,” read an official announcement last week. “If Jamon is ever able to sing again, Syraphem will return bigger and better than ever. We’ve had a very good run in the last four years, but without Jamon, we can’t go on. We’ve made a lot of fans and — most of all — new friends.” This Saturday’s lengthy benefit event features a long list of local rock, metal, punk, and hardcore acts, including most the remaining members of Syraphem, Belligerent, Handgun Sonata, The Rejectors, Broken Bliss, Two Steps Back, The Citizen, The Defilers, and Rosemont. Syraphem will perform with Bobby Earl (of local metal band Belligerent) and additional guest singers out of Belligerent, Broken Bliss, The Citizen, Scar Division, Order of Chaos, and Painface. 7 p.m. Check www.myspace.com/syraphem for more. —TBL SATURDAY
METAL | Blanco Diablo
Sat. Nov. 25
Charlotte-based power/stoner-rock trio Blanco Diablo — lead singer and guitarist Jamie Ray, drummer Jeff Nunnery, and bassist Patrick Jason — have made their impression on the local scene. They’re rockin’ hard and keeping a busy touring schedule in support of a solid debut album titled Paper Poison Revolution (Rock Ridge Music). The 12-song collection is a riff-riot that stomps at just the right pace. An amusing statement from their press kit: “They’ve got the sound, the look, the feel, gender appeal, ethnic appeal, curb appeal, excitement, apple pie, and even melancholy… hell, even your momma will think Blanco Diablo’s music is so good that it’s simply an affront to God.” Indeed. —TBL SATURDAY
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