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Return of the Davids

By "the Davids" we don't mean the awesome local garage rock band fronted by one David Clegg. Rather, we mean Davids Wilcox and LaMotte, both trailblazers during the 90s-era WNC singer/songwriter heyday, both moved on to other locales (D.C. and Maryland for Wilcox, Australia and India for LaMotte), and both returned to N.C. More symmetry: Both Davids play the Grey Eagle this week — Wilcox on Friday, Nov. 26 (8 p.m., $15/$18) and LaMotte on Sunday, Nov. 28 (7 p.m., $12/$15). thegreyeagle.com. 

It's a Wonderful Life

NC Stage and Immediate Theatre Project started their collaborative run of the radio-play version of It's a Wonderful Life back in 2006. Since then, the holiday classic has become an annual treat for theatre-goers. This year sees a partnership with Flatrock Play House, a new adaptation (including a “Charleston dance contest” scene), and will be performed live at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse in Hendersonville. Through Thursday, Dec. 23. flatrockplayhouse.org.

Acoustic Syndicate

Unlike, say, John Mellancamp and other acts linked to family farm-saving Farm Aid, Acoustic Syndicate (who've also played that benefit) actually have a family farm. Which makes sense — lead by brothers Bryon and Fitz McMurry, and cousin Steve McMurry — they're a family band. And when they're not working the land in Cleveland County, they're working on three-part harmonies. And singing songs about sustainability. They'll be at the Orange Peel on Saturday, Nov. 27, 9 p.m. $15 advance/$17 doors. theorangepeel.net.

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