The Trolls, w/ Glass Mansions (acoustic) & SNOOT

FRIDAY, NOV. 18
Radio Room, 2845 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
9 p.m.
$5 (over 21)/$7 (under)

As part of the Upstate band the Jericho Bros., guitarist Mickey Kriese spent some time playing the band’s somewhat complex, instrumentally demanding brand of indie rock. It was fun, but as time went by both Kriese and Jericho singer Caleb Riley had the urge to do something a little more elemental on the side. That’s where their new band, The Trolls, came in. “Over the summer, Caleb and I sat down and talked about setting up a project together,” Kriese says. “And we wanted to do something that was basic rock ’n’ roll. A no-frills power trio with a singer, that kind of thing. So we started writing with [bassist] David Walker, and the next thing you know we had eight songs. It’s been at breakneck speed.” After adding The Boo Jays’ Cinco Sanders on drums, the band is about to play their debut show, but Kriese says that there’s no pressure involved. “We just wanted to do something fun that gets people moving,” he says. “We’re not trying to change the world or anything, just writing music people will enjoy. That’s why it’s worked.”
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Calvin Edwards Trio

SATURDAY, NOV. 19
Blues Boulevard Greenville, 300 River St., Suite 203
8 p.m.
$7

Calvin Edwards was born to play guitar. His father, who led a popular gospel group called the Southern Crusaders, taught Calvin to play when he was six. Edwards toured and wrote with his father before moving on to a long stint with the Grammy-winning gospel group the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, which was a seminal, educational experience for Edwards. “I learned how to behave on the road from them,” he says. “I learned to always look professional and have a nice suit, and how to manage a band.” Edwards has been leading his own trio for 30 years, playing a blend of soul and jazz in the vein of Wes Montgomery or Jimmy Smith, and he recently released a new album called “Just Swing.” “You have to be an expert jazz musician to even think about playing in a trio,” Edwards says of his preferred format. “You cannot hide behind anything. Anyone can solo at any given time. You don’t have horns or keyboards or another guitar to hide behind.”

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Cosmic Charlie

SATURDAY, NOV. 19
Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Drive, Greenville
9 p.m.
$10

Cosmic Charlie has been paying tribute to the Grateful Dead for 17 years, and they know the band’s catalog back to front. But most of the time when they go onstage, much like the venerable jam band they’re covering, they don’t have a plan. “We don’t walk onstage with a set list,” says guitarist Michael Wegner. But for their upcoming Gottrocks show, the band is tackling a truly revered Dead set: their triple-album live opus “Europe ’72,” which many connoisseurs consider to be the band’s best official live release, both in terms of improvisation and playing. “It’s a full night’s worth of their most classic songs,” Wegner says. “But we’re not specifically trying to recreate exactly that performance or even that sound for how the band sounded in 1972. We’re trying to use it as a foundation. We’ll do it different from the original album. We even segue some of the songs together in a way that they weren’t originally on the album, because a lot of times they’d move from one jam into another without a break.”

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