Arts Listings, Jan. 8

January 7, 2014 

  • Camper Van Beethoven comes to Carrboro

    The American rockabilly tradition that began with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams reached its wild burnout with late-’80s “Psychobilly” bands like Rev. Horton Heat, Country Dick Montana and the amazing Mojo Nixon .

    Carrboro’s own Dex Romweber was a figure in this era of music madness, as were a band of survivors playing the Cradle this week, Camper Van Beethoven.

    Formed in California in 1983, and known for their cult single “Take the Skinheads Bowling,” Camper Van brought musical styles together in a wild cocktail: Honky-Tonk, Swing, Country and Garage Rock.

    From its origins in punk music, Psychobilly influenced a slew of ’90s hardcore bands, but today its pioneers are a scattered tribe:

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion kept it rolling into this decade, but their wild energy has slowed. Get a construction job in New Orleans, and you might end up hearing stories of Country Dick Montana as you work beside a former drummer for Dash Rip Rock, another lost pioneer.

    That said, it’s good to see these forerunners of the Psychobilly freak-out slapping their bass cello here in Carrboro.

    Pyschobilly’s ethos might be summed in a song eulogizing Country Dick, by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors: “He was pure Rock ’n’ Roll / Chaos in his soul / He came to set us free.”

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

    When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.

    Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

    Tickets: $15-$18

    Info: 919-967-9053


HILLSBOROUGH DOWNTOWN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: The Hillsborough Arts Council will accept artists’ applications with a $20 fee for the Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show until Friday, Jan. 31. The show will be on Saturday, April 12, at the Hillsborough Visitors Center.

LUNCH BOX CONCERT SERIES: The Town of Carrboro Parks and Recreation Department will host the Lunch Box Concert Series of free shows by local bands from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 27 at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.


ARTSCENTER: Enrollment in winter art classes is open.


ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Jan. 10: Nu-Blu. Jan. 11: Hot Club of Cowtown. Jan. 12: Dana and Susan Robinson. Jan. 13: Songwriters’ Circle. Jan. 16: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. Jan. 17: Frank Solivan, Dirty Kitchen. Jan. 18: Gangstagrass. Jan. 19: The Wailers. Jan. 20: Old-Time and Bluegrass Slow Jam. Jan. 23: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Bevel Summers. Jan. 24: Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale, Jim Watson. Feb. 1: Grace Pettis. Feb. 2: Martha Redbone Roots Project. Feb. 8: Joe Pug. Feb. 9: David Jacobs-Strain. Feb. 21: Ennis. Feb. 22: Lucy Kaplansky. Feb. 25: Clive Carroll. Feb. 28: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Jan. 11: Spider Bags, Midnight Plus One. Jan. 12: Cate Le Bon, Kevin Morby. Jan. 19: Reggie and the Full Effect, Dads, Pentimento. Feb. 1: Maria Taylor. March 6: Delta Rae. 919-967-9053,

CHAPEL OF THE CROSS: 304 E. Franklin St. March 8: Cantari, “Gems from British Cathedrals.”

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Jan. 9: Lowland Hum, Look Homeward, Auburn Kettle. Jan. 11: Morning Brigade, LiLa, Matt Phillips & The Philharmonics. Jan. 12: Saintseneca, LVL UP. Jan. 18: The Farewell Drifters, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles. Jan. 19: Pentimento, Reggie and The Full Effect, Dads. Feb. 15: Into It. Over It. 919-942-5506,

MEMORIAL HALL: 114 E. Cameron Ave. May 31: Voices, “The Genius of Mozart.” 919-843-3333,

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar. Jan. 25: Swift Creek.

STEEL STRING BREWERY: 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. Jan. 12: Eric Bannan. Jan. 17: Swift Creek.

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 150 E. Franklin St. Jan. 25: Women’s Voices Chorus, “Songs of My Sisters.” June 8: Cantari, “Vaughan Williams and Tavener: A Cosmic Cycle of Life and Death.” July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.”

WILLIAM AND IDA FRIDAY CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. Jan. 11: Daniel Wallace, Django Haskins. 919-962-3000,


CHAPEL HILL ART GALLERY: 1215 E. Franklin St. Jan. 10: Anna Nicholson, “My World in Watercolor.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Jan. 17: Orange County Artists Guild, “RIVER.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Jan. 11: Paperhand Puppet Intervention, “The Big Reveal.” Transactors Improv, “For Families!” The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show. Jan. 19: Almost Ready Staged Reading. Jan. 25: Playwrights Roundtable. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787,

CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER: 100 N. Greenboro St. May 31: Triangle Guitar Society Benefit Concert.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Jan. 15-19: New Play Workshop, “Debris.” Feb. 22-March 22: “Arcadia.” May 2-24: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515,

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Jan. 22-Feb. 9: “Private Lives.” Feb. 26-March 16: “Love Alone.” April 2-20: “Assassins.” 919-962-PLAY,

PRC2 : Center for Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Jan. 8-12: “The Story of The Gun.” April 23-27: “Hold These Truths.” 919-962-PLAY,

SWAIN HALL: 101 E. Cameron Ave. Jan. 17-18: “Mission of a Saint.”

TOP OF THE HILL BACK BAR: 100 E. Franklin St. Tuesdays: Back Bar Comedy, 9 p.m.

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