Smart Bets: East Coast Dirt

Local prog-pop outfit East Coast Dirt has a way with words. A self-described "sonic monster," the band coined the term "sneaker boogaloo" for its danceable fusion that's as much about improv as it is about instrumental prowess. Hints of reggae, funk, jam and humor weave through East Coast Dirt's songs. And, to further blur the lines, the band's Facebook pages lists the group's influences as "Black Sabbath and Herbie Hancock, amongst other musical entities, old and new." This year finds the band on a Hair of the Dog NC Brewery Tour, "traveling to local and regional breweries to explore new flavors and new sounds." They'll stop at Highland Brewery on Saturday, Nov. 23. 6-8 p.m., free. highlandbrewing.com.

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