Live Music: Dead Winter Carpenters; Pocket Aces Brass Band; Red Light Rodeo; Music for Tanzania

Great live music to check out this week

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SWAHILI | Music for Tanzania
Thurs. Oct 2
5-8 p.m.
$25
Upper Lance Hall
Circular Congregational Church

Music for Tanzania, a local nonprofit that works to provide musical instruments, sheet music, and performance opportunities for music students at Tanzania’s Makumira University, is having its annual fundraiser this week, complete with live music. Student guitarist Excel Haonga is one of the many students that have benefited in the past, and he’ll be making the trek from Tanzania to perform. Haonga will be joined by jazz flutist, vocalist, and Fulbright scholar Jacqueline Henninger (formerly of Tanzania University, now at Texas Tech), in addition to locals keyboardist Trey Cooper, drummer Bates Hohlman, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and oboist Liz Tomorsky Knott, for an evening of jazz, R&B, and popular Swahili songs. “During the evening, guests can expect to be exposed to the world of Tanzania via some student videos of their learning experiences, a presentation about the school that Music for Tanzania supports, and a cultural experience that marries Tanzania with the West,” says Liz Tomorsky Knott, executive director for Music for Tanzania. Knott started the nonprofit four years ago. “I would say it kind of fell into my hands. It’s been an incredible amount of work, but a labor of love,” she says. “When you realize you could buy a skirt or feed a student for a month, it changes your perspective on life a little.” Handmade Tanzanian crafts, including jewelry, will be included in the silent auction, along with baskets and group wine-tasting packages. Food and wine will be provided.—Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY

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ALT-COUNTRY | Dead Winter Carpenters
Sun. Oct. 5
9:45 p.m.
Free
Pour House

Five-piece, California-based alt-country troupe Dead Winter Carpenters recently trimmed back their hectic touring schedule from 180-plus shows a year to a still-insane 140. “That definitely leaves a little more home time to feel rooted and connected to your significant others and local communities,” says vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Dunn. “We’ve been fortunate to yield overwhelming hometown support for the band in the Lake Tahoe Basin, so it’s always nice to roll back into town.” An Americana band with bluegrass tendencies, DWC has earned their fans with two full-length albums and their most recent release, the EP Dirt Nap. “Our new EP shows the growth of our band, and really showcases those classic aspects, mainly the storytelling, and the instrumentation of fiddle, telecaster, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and drums,” says Dunn. “We’ve been writing a ton of new material since the recording of Dirt Nap and are ready to record a full-length LP.” DWC wants fans to achieve a personal connection with their music. “As a band, we’re aiming to give folks something unique, something that can remove them from their surroundings,” says Dunn. “We’ll keep pursuing that with a hunger for as long as we can.” —J. Chapa SUNDAY

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BRASS HOP | Pocket Aces Brass Band
Sat. Oct. 4
10 p.m.
$7
Tin Roof

The Pocket Aces Brass Band is bringing New Orleans’ rich music history to Charleston through rhythm and rhyme. Founders and childhood friends, trumpet player Jimmie Reamey and sousaphonist Geoffrey Guillot assembled a group of musicians from various backgrounds to honor the city they love. Lyricist Kyle Scivicque, trumpet player David Melancon, trombonist Justin Pardue, snare drummer Daniel Camardelle, bass drummer Tomidee Guillot, tenor saxophonist David Polk, and trombonist Asher Ross come together to put a NOLA twist on the music they grew up loving. “If you’re a kid and you have the musical gift, you get an urge to create music,” says Guillot. “It just makes a certain kind of sense for us to want to play brass-band music. It’s in our blood.” Pocket Aces is coming off the release of their debut album In My City. It’s full of good-time tracks that will have your head bobbing for days. The title track is the only original material on the record, but Pocket Aces does such a great job putting the NOLA flavor on these tracks while also making them their own. “We could play only tunes that were written in or about New Orleans, but that lacks a broader appeal,” says Guillot. “The brass band sound is foreign to a lot of people, so it’s a way to bridge the gap.” —J. Chapa SATURDAY

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BLUEGRASS | Red Light Rodeo
Sat. Oct. 4
6 p.m.
Free
Pour House

Ever since George Clooney was a Dapper Dan man in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Virginia’s Red Light Rodeo has noticed a rise in the bluegrass genre. “We think that in a way, the older, more rural music is appealing to a lot of folks today as a push against what’s happening with mainstream pop,” says bassist Zach Hudgins. “Many people would rather hear acoustic instruments, hand-crafted songs, and vocal harmonies as opposed to sounds from a computer, songs written by a committee, and auto-tuned voices.” Red Light Rodeo recently released the hilariously titled Nothing But the Nuts, an honest and catchy EP that pays homage to bluegrass’ roots. “We toyed with ideas of production and extra instrumentation, but after learning a new phrase, ‘Nothing but the nuts,’ we knew we had to record just that — a stripped-down, raw version of our sound that gets folks’ hands clapping and feet stomping,” Hudgins says. Red Light Rodeo is a breath of clean country air for both listeners as well as the band itself. “It helps us to deal with the stressful side of life,” says Hudgins. “We can’t imagine going about our lives in any other way, and we highly recommend it to everyone.” —J. Chapa SATURDAY


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