The Suspect: Here Come the Mummies
This band calls themselves “More Undead than Dick Clark.” If that doesn’t scare you, imagine a sex-obsessed Weird Al Yankovic making a funk album. This bandage-wrapped band (usually performing with eight or nine members) dare you not to dance as they play gems like, “Attack of the Weiner Man,” “Walk of Shame,” “Are You Gonna Eat All That?” and “Dirty Minds,” which was recently featured in the film Fired Up!
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Thursday, Aug. 12.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Tower of Power, Average White Band.
You Should Go If: You’re really hoping they make one more American Pie movie; you are still sent into uncontrollable fits of laughter by the comment, “That’s what she said;” you like James Brown but find him a little too intense; your other car is a … moped.
The Suspect: The Stereofidelics
The Asheville duo of Chris Padgett and Melissa McGinley has logged over 500 shows in the last three years, and their tireless touring pays off in the power and intensity of their live performances. They play seven instruments (not all at the same time) to create a rich retro-rock sound that you’d expect from a much bigger band. They just released their second CD, You Are Having A Wonderful Time, and this show is the party to celebrate it.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Thursday, Aug. 12.
RIYD: Hot Club of Cowtown, Donna the Buffalo, Mad Tea Party.
You Should Go If: You believe that multi-taskers will someday rule the world; you decorated your house exclusively with furniture you’ve found on the sidewalk; you take apart and rebuild small appliances to entertain your friends at parties; your other car is a … ’78 Volkswagen Beetle.
The Suspect: Bobby Bare Jr.
Nominated for a Grammy at age five for singing “Daddy What If” with his country-music dad, the now grown-up Bare Jr. has added a punk sensibility to his roots. He began making a name in his own right when he put together a roots-rock band under the name Bare Jr.; All-Music Guide called their first album, Boo-Tay, “…one of the most auspicious debut albums of the late ‘90s.” Now performing solo, Bare Jr.’s most recent release is The American Bread EP, in which he covers seven songs from the ‘70s band, Bread.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Friday, Aug. 13.
RIYD: Waco Brothers, the Bottle Rockets, the Old 97’s.
You Should Go If: You’ve driven more than five miles out of your way to tell people how stupid their bumper stickers are; you cut your own hair; you fight authority, authority always wins; your other car is a … what kind of an asshole needs more than one car?!
The Suspect: Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues
This South Carolina native has made an impressive career playing with many legendary rhythm and blues artists. As the bass player for the Muddy Waters band, he’s shared the recording studio and stage with John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding and B.B. King. His third album with Plate Full of Blues, Country Man, was released in 2009.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, Aug. 14.
RIYD: Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy.
You Should Go If: You hold monthly jam sessions in your basement; your parents have forgotten your birthday more than once; you just found out last year that pork isn’t really the other white meat; your other car is … parked around the corner, just in case her man comes home.