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Saturday, Nov. 16
Bask, with WVRM and Black River Rebels
Radio Room
110 Poinsett Highway, Greenville
9 p.m.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

There are certainly elements of progressive rock on the first two albums by the Asheville quartet Bask, but their overall style was always closer to hard rock or metal. On the just-released “III,” which was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, the more progressive and melodic aspects of their music come to the fore. The tempos are more complex, the guitar work is more intricate, and the band isn’t afraid to work more contemplative moments into their songs. “I’ve played this record for a couple of friends,” says bassist Jesse Van Note, “and I’ve had to tell them ahead of time that it’s a little more progressive and more accessible at the same time. It’s more technical and a little more nuanced.” Drummer Scott Middleton says he sees the album, which was produced by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon) in collaboration with the band, as more of a natural progression than a radical change. “It wasn’t really something we talked about,” he says. “We got into the room and ideas started flowing. If anything was intentional, maybe it was us challenging ourselves. I’ll always want to play heavy music, but the progressive part of it has been a natural evolution.”

Saturday, Nov. 16
Abbey Road Live! — Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”
The Firmament
5 Market Point Drive, Greenville
8 p.m.

Most Beatles tribute bands have some sort of visual gimmick to go along with the music; they’ll dress like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or like the early matching-suits version of the Fab Four. Abbey Road Live! doesn’t do that; it’s just one of a couple of ways the band changes up the tribute approach. “I don’t think it ever occurred to us to try be a look-alike tribute band,” says singer, guitarist and keyboard player Michael Wegner. “We just loved the music of the Beatles and wanted to learn and perform it.” The group also departs from the norm by focusing on late-period Beatles music like songs from 1968’s “The Beatles” (aka “The White Album”) or its namesake, “Abbey Road,” which the band will play in its entirety at its show at The Firmament. That presents some interesting challenges, because The Beatles had stopped touring by that point in their career; they didn’t have to worry about playing those songs live. “We tried to imagine, what if the Beatles played Woodstock in 1969?” Wegner says. “What might it have sounded like? The Beatles had extra musicians on their later albums; horns, strings, entire orchestras, and also a lot of extra sound layers and backwards tape loops on some songs. We don’t try to recreate every little sound on every song, but we do need to present the music in a way that captures the essence of the original recordings.”

Friday, Nov. 15
200 Eisenhower Drive, Greenville
9 p.m.

At the heart of the Nashville acoustic jam-band Airshow is a decades-long musical friendship between mandolin player Cody Chelius and guitarist Steve Gallagher. “Steve and I both grew up in Redding, PA,” Chelius says. “We met each other in eight grade, and we were both musicians, so we decided to get together.” Gallagher and Chelius took separate paths in their college years, but got back together in 2015, playing as an electric jam band. Their move to a more acoustic, bluegrass-influenced sound didn’t come until later. “When we first started playing, we were more of a rock band,” Chelius says, “with Steve playing guitar and me on bass. But we’d go camping at these music festivals, and I always wanted to have instruments to play while we were at the campsite. So we brought an acoustic guitar and mandolin along, and we’d pick and sing all night, and it became what we loved to do best.” The now-acoustic band incorporates a lot of bluegrass picking into its sound, which Chelius says isn’t that much of a stretch for a jam band. “I think bluegrass music is similar to jazz music where there’s a lot of jamming and improvising going on,” he says. “There’s a lot of room to stretch your legs and see how far you can take it.”

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