Yes, Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17, are packed. But here are three shows that just might make you want to clear your schedule.
• Josh Blake’s Jukebox and the Secret B-Sides play a Downtown After Five afterparty. “Yes! We would like to cordially invite you and your friends to party with us right after Downtown After Five at the Emerald Lounge,” writes Blake. “We are stoked to play with our friends … it was a secret … besides, we couldn’t tell you, but now I can let you know, The Secret B-Sides will be starting up right when the main stage stops. The Jukebox will finish off the evening, with some new players (Justin Wesley Powell from VJP on keys and Shen Hunt, on percussion) and special guests to add to the Big Money Band’s new incarnation. We’d love to see you!” 9 p.m.
• Local electro-pop band The Nova Echo is working on a soon-to-be-released album which means, if you make it to their Friday show at Club 828, you might get to hear some new material. Menya and DJ Candice B also perform, along with The Great Liars. That band is made up of members of the now-defunct By Morning, and this is one of their first shows. 9 p.m., $7 advance/$10 doors.
• Nataraj means “King of the Dance in Sanscrit” and is one form of Lord Shiva. It’s also one form of Asheville-based world music group Arundas. Nataraj features strings (including sitar) player Alex Caruso with percussionists Renjith Iya, Simon Tisman and Trey Crispen. Nataraj was the first band to perform as part of the Masonic Lodge‘s newly-added arts program, and returns on Saturday for World Music Dance Night with opening sets by Chikomo Marimba (marimba band) and Zabumba (samba). 7:30 p.m., $8 advance tickets here.