Smart Bets: Chic Gamine

Motown soul, '60s girl-group harmonies and Canadian indie-pop all meet in Chic Gamine. The powerhouse ensemble, from Winnipeg, has opened for Smokey Robinson and shared a stage with Mavis Staples. They won a Juno award for their 2009 self-titled debut and played the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. If that's not an impressive enough list of accolades, WNC-based singer-songwriter Kellin Watson is also a fan: "They are truly one of my all-time favorite groups, and I am very picky," she says in an email. Chic Gamine's third studio album, Closer, was released earlier this year. In support of that effort, the band makes its inaugural North Carolina tour. They'll perform at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Oct. 18. 8 p.m., $30/$25/$15. dwtheatre.com. Photo by Edgar Martin

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