Arts Listings, Feb. 19

February 21, 2014 

John Brown's Body from Boston and Ithaca, N.Y., performs what the group calls “Future Roots Music”.

  • John Brown’s Body: Music to shake the snow off

    This story starts in Skowhegan, seat of Somerset County, in Maine. The story is about John Brown’s Body, but that was not what brought us to the opera house that night.

    It was 2009, in wintertime. Five years earlier, the Rustic Overtones had disbanded after brushes with major-label prominence.

    It’s hard for a kid from Portland to understate the importance of the Overtones. In the ’90s, ska and punk and a small revival in swing music blared on WCYY, the Maine coast’s alternative rock station.

    Those sounds came together in the Overtones. They were local guys whose younger kids went to school with us. They even got called to New York by a major label, but the deal fell through.

    So years later, two friends whose orbits had stretched wide apart and far from the Pine Tree State drove northward together for a small reunion show.

    Opening at the Skowhegan Opera House was John Brown’s Body. The bass player looked about 16, with a rat-tail haircut. He played dub-reggae bass notes so heavy they shook snow off the roof.

    JBB was playing again in Portland that weekend, and we told everyone about them.

    They’re playing in Carrboro tonight, and now I’m telling you.

    When: Tonight, 8 p.m.

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

    Tickets: $12-$15

    Info: 919-967-9053

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell


CARRBORO LOOKS FOR LOCAL ARTISTS: The town of Carrboro invites residents to submit their artwork for local exhibitions.

GUIDED TOURS: The Hillsborough Arts Council will give “Take a Closer Look” guided walking tours of local sculptures at 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March starting at the Hillsborough Arts Council, 102 N. Churton St. 919-643-2500,

CAROLINA JAZZ FESTIVAL: The Carolina Jazz Festival is from Wednesday, Feb. 19, to Saturday, Feb. 22. UNC’s jazz week continues through Sunday, Feb. 23.

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.

LAST FRIDAYS ART WALK: The Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays Art Walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

HILLSBOROUGH DOWNTOWN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: The Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show will be on Saturday, April 12, at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King 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. Feb. 21: Ennis. Feb. 22: Lucy Kaplansky. Feb. 25: Clive Carroll. Feb. 28: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas. March 9: Guy Davis. March 12: Rory Block. March 13: Paul McKenna Band. March 16: The Stray Birds. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Feb. 19: Gardens & Villa, Waterstrider, John Brown’s Body, Lionize. Feb. 21: White Lies, Frankie Rose, Hiss Golden Messenger, Alex Sauser-Monnig. Feb. 22: Hospitality, Air Waves, The Human Eyes. March 6: Delta Rae. March 19: RAC, Reuben and the Dark, NO, The Darcys. March 21: Armon Jay. April 13: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. April 18: The Zombies. May 11: Spirit Family Reunion. June 14: The English Beat. 919-967-9053,

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

KENAN MUSIC BUILDING: UNC campus. Feb. 19: UNC Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Feb. 21: “Fred and Gail Fearing Jazz for a Friday Afternoon.”

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Feb. 19: Leslie and the LY’s, Dean and the Delilahs, Boone County Comedy Troupe. Feb. 20: Stammerings, Car Crash Star, Headfirst for Halos. Feb. 21: The Gary Mitchell Band, Posifaction, Jen Murphey. Feb. 24: Shinobi Ninja, Spiralfire, Brody and Choch, Cosmic Punk. Feb. 25: Quilt, Daniel Bachman. 919-942-5506,

THE MELLOW MUSHROOM: 310 W. Franklin St. First Tuesday of each month: Jazzbeau.

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.

ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. March 1: Andrea Edith Moore, David Heid, “Shakespeare: Music’s Muse.” 919-732-9308,

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


HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Feb. 28: “It’s All About the Story.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,

WILSON SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: 200 South Road. Feb. 20: “Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1565-1865.” 5 p.m.


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. March 7: “Broad City Live.” 919-967-9053,

CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: 1709 High School Road. Feb. 22: Chapel Hill Dance Theater, “Peter Pan.” 919-932-2676.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Feb. 28-March 22: “Arcadia.” May 2-24: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515,

HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL: 102 N. Churton St. March 6: “Arts Alive! Pages and Stages: Homeplaces Seen, Heard and Sung.”

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

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

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