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Sam Robinson and the Groove Elaters

When: Sun., July 1 2012

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based guitarist Sam Robinson has a hot, Southern-tinged blues-rock thing going with his band the Groove Elaters. “Our original stuff is a mixture of blues, funk, jam, and Southern rock,” Robinson says. Robinson and his band — bassist Will Bagley, guitarist Rick Howell, keyboardist Bill Stevens, and drummer Zach Landon — formed in 2011, and they’ve already shared stages with Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin, and Tim Reynolds. They’re currently mixing a live album they recorded in May with guest keyboardist Kofi Burbridge (Derek Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit). This Sunday, Robinson brings the gang to Sullivan’s with a very special guest: former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle. “I met Artimus working on a record with Kofi and Oteil Burbridge at Bill Stevens’ studio Ovation Sound in Winston-Salem,” Robinson says. “Bill had played in the Artimus Pyle Band for a few years in the 2000s. He was just stopping through town, and I got him to play on a song on the record. We all had a great time, and I started hitting him up for gigs every now and then. He’s played with me probably 25 times or so since 2009.” The Groove Elaters will open the show at 9:30 p.m. with a short set of originals, and then Pyle will hit the skins around 10:30 p.m. or so. “The rest of the night will be Skynyrd covers and other Southern rock stuff with Artimus playing drums,” Robinson says. “The audience will be getting two acts for the price of one.”

T. Ballard Lesemann

Price: $8

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