When: Thu., Aug. 14 2014
Americana, rootsy folk, rock, 9 p.m.
Dylan Dickerson, vocalist, guitarist, and vibraslap player for the Columbia-based Dear Blanca, named the band after his Cuban grandmother. “I used to call her Blanca. She was always a big supporter of me musically, and so it was an homage to her,” he explains. The title of the band’s recent release Pobrecito, which translates to “Poor Little Thing,” is the nickname Dickerson’s grandmother used for him growing up. The album cover is also a photograph of Dickerson’s dad at age three. “He’s a poor little thing and so am I,” Dickerson says. The title track is actually written from his dad’s perspective. “I usually write songs as part of a personal release, but this one I wrote for the challenge.” Meanwhile, a co-worker wrote the chorus for the blues-meets-punk number, “Noma,” and City Paper contributor Patrick Wall helped out with the folk-country track “On the Dime.” The record’s raw but pretty overall sound creates a cyclical tension and release. To promote the new disc, Dickerson, along with percussionist Dayne Lee, bassist Cameron Powell, and drummer Marc Coty, are doing a three-day run in Charlotte, Columbia, and Charleston with SUSTO and Amigo before the band heads out for a Southeast tour. “We don’t feel drained. In fact, we are extremely anxious to make the next thing,” Dickerson says, “which is a huge testament to a band I care so much about.” —Kalyn Oyer THURSDAY