Photo Provided. JJ Dunlap IV
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WHO: Voodoo Visionary
WHEN: 9 p.m. on Friday, February 1,2019
WHERE: Gottrocks, 200 Eisenhower Dr., Greenville
TICKETS: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Above all else, the five-piece-plus-horn-section Atlanta outfit Voodoo Visionary’s main goal is to make their audience dance. Their free-ranging funk music is the foundation for an onstage party atmosphere that’s half New Orleans Mardi Gras/half Parliament-Funkadelic. But if you look a little more closely at their music, you’ll find a more experimental, jam-friendly band hiding in the shadows. And drummer Mac Schmitz says that’s exactly how the band was planned from the get-go. “From the very beginning of the band, improvisation has been a big part of our music,” he says. “That’s how we’ve written most of
our songs, is through improvising in our practice room. And a lot of our songs have sections where we can open it up onstage and feed off of the energy of the crowd and cycle it back out to them. It’s like an interactive process between everybody in the room.” And there is hardly a better chassis to build that jamming on than funk music. “Funk sort of shares some elements with jazz,” Schmitz says, “especially modern funk, and jazz is an improvisational kind of music. But it’s also music that people like to move to and that inspires us in our jamming; it opens the songs up and makes it a big ol’ party.”

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WHO: Beket with Real Work and The Apartment Club
WHEN: 9 p.m. on Friday, February 1,2019
WHERE: The Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville

It’s not that singer/guitarist Ethan Taylor didn’t make music before he formed the four-piece band Beket couple of years back. But the stuff he did before that band was light years away from the haunting, atmospheric indie-rock he’s making now. “I was doing the solo singer/songwriter thing when I was in high school,” Taylor says. “I was writing the ‘why’d you break up with me over the summer,’ type stuff. And then I actually quit putting out music for a while because I went to college and put it on the backburner. Eventually, I started writing songs that were a lot different from what I had been writing.” Once those songs started coming, the last thing Taylor wanted to do was play them solo. “I definitely didn’t want to put the new stuff out under my own name,” he says. “I was able to get some of my best friends in the world together and we got it going. I was aiming to make something way weirder, way more experimental, maybe even a little more difficult to get into at first and see how far we can push

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WHO:Boo Hag, w/ Horrible Girl & The Hot Mess, Good Grief and Volkswagon
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019
WHERE: Cabin Floor Records, 504 Rutherford Street, Greenville
TICKETS: $5 at the door

We spoke recently with a guitar-and-drums duo called The Buzzards Of Fuzz, who were playing a show at a brewery here in town. We asked that band if, given the typical volume level of a White-Stripes-style duo, they needed to adapt their show for a non-traditional space like a brewery. They said they definitely tone down the noise sometimes. Boo Hag, a guitar-and-drums duo from Columbia, will be doing no such thing at their Cabin Floor Records show. “No, we don’t change it,” says Boo Hag singer/guitarist Saul Seibert. “The people who come see us in concert halls and bigger venues get the same show as people who come out and see us at smaller shops or a house show. Everyone gets the same show in terms of how we perform.” It’s a blunt, no-b.s. response from a blunt, no-b.s. rock band,
which is the way that Seibert and drummer Scott E. Tempo roll. “We’re a blue-collar band,” Seibert says. We practice, play live, and tour. But poverty is the birthplace of invention. You take what you have and try to innovate it. But there’s a practical aspect to it, too. I only have one other guy to deal with. The decisions are between 2 people. There are a lot of advantages to that; so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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