The Suspect: Chubby Checker
Born Ernest Evans, the nickname Chubby Checker was originally suggested by Dick Clark’s wife. He began recording in 1960, and he topped the charts with a string of dance hits, the most famous being “The Twist.” He’s dabbled in folk, disco and was even featured on a Run DMC rap song, but expect to hear his biggest hits in concert.
Can Be Found: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
RIYD: Fats Domino, late ‘50s/early ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll
You Should Go If: It wasn't considered a big deal to bum a cigarette off your teacher; students spontaneously broke into song during gym and lunch; there were no security guards at your prom; You stay in touch with your inner high schooler by … pretending your compression hose are really, really thin knee socks.
The Suspect: Saving Abel
This radio-ready hard-rock band formed in 2004 when members of two rival bands in Corinith, Miss., decided to join forces. Its self-titled debut album went gold, with the single “Addicted” placing high on modern-rock charts. The band released its sophomore album, Miss America, earlier this summer.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
RIYD: Nickelback, 3 Doors Down
You Should Go If: Your summer vacation essay was also accepted for publication in Penthouse letters; you worked at two different fast-food restaurants to afford your back-to-school body art; you "accidentally" used the girl’s room at least once a week; you stay in touch with your inner high schooler by … dating a sophomore.
The Suspect: Every Mother’s Dream
This Asheville band began in 2001 when Mandy Carter and Jay Kaiser joined forces, and in 2005 the duo expanded to include a drummer, a bass player and the occasional sax. EMD offers something for every music lover, mixing acoustic folk with a rock, country, jazz and even a little funk thrown in.
Can Be Found: White Horse Black Mountain, Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.
RIYD: Civil Wars, The Swell Season
You Should Go If: You still get a stomach ache when no one sits next to you on a bus; instead of doing your summer reading you spent your free time collecting enough banana stickers to cover two notebooks; through no real effort on your part, you were teacher's pet, student council president and quarterback of the football team; you stay in touch with your inner high schooler by … keeping your adult braces on as long as possible.