The Scene: Band showcase to benefit local music students

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L Shape Lot Duo is on the line-up for this Saturday's Hour Glass Studios Showcase, which will benefit the local school district's music education program. Photo courtesy Eric Rayburn.
L Shape Lot Duo is on the line-up for this Saturday’s Hour Glass Studios Showcase, which will benefit the local school district’s music education program. Photo courtesy Eric Rayburn.

Some local bands are teaming up to help give the gift of music to area students.

Trent Harrison of Hour Glass Studios has put together a showcase featuring eight of the Port City’s premier groups, each playing for 45 minutes beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ironclad Brewery, 115 N. Second St. The showcase runs until midnight.

Hour Glass will record each of the sets for a live CD to help raise funds for New Hanover County Schools’ music education program. Two songs from each of the groups will make the cut on the CD and, after recouping the cost of production, proceeds from sales will be funneled into district schools.

The line-up for the Hour Glass Showcase, in performance order, is: Brothers Egg, L Shape Lot Duo; The Scoundrels Reunion; The Midatlantic; Elephant Convoy; Stray Local; Imperial Blend; and Groove Fetish.

In between sets, artists Jahde Justad, Brigitte Hunn and Britt Harrison will be painting live at Ironclad and, of course, there will be plenty of brews on tap and food available.

Admission to catch the showcase and CD recording is $10.

That’s not the only live action you’ll find around town this weekend. From a legendary jazz man to a new locally written play about superheroes–and so much more in between–you’ll find it all listed below in our weekly arts and entertainment roundup.

Be sure to also visit The Scene, our free online events calendar chocked full of area happenings.

Music

Bellamy Mansion wraps up its jazz concert series with a performance from Darryl Murrill and Jazzpel at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Admission is $12.

Vocalist Nicole Thompson, backed by pianist Judson Hurd, brings some live jazz standards to Ted’s Fun on the River at 7 p.m. tonight. The cover charge is $1.

The Juggling Gypsy hosts “Fire and Drums” at 8 p.m. each Thursday. The event is a meet-up of fire dancers and area drummers, with deejays spinning tunes beginning at 10 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their percussion instruments and fire and juggling toys. A Tarot card reader will be on hand between 6 and 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Before playing Saturday's showcase, Americana trio Stray Local will stop by Flytrap Brewing for a free show Friday. Courtesy photo.
Before playing Saturday’s showcase, Americana trio Stray Local will stop by Flytrap Brewing for a free show Friday. Courtesy photo.

Flytrap Brewing hosts free live music from Americana trio Stray Local at 8 p.m. Friday. Pepe’s Taco Truck will serve up gourmet local street food from 7-10. On Saturday, folk band Brothers Egg performs, and Catch the Food Truck will be onsite from 7-9.

Brad Heller and The Fustics bring their eclectic rock to Bourgie Nights Friday, with opening acts Brent Stimmel and Michael Eakins. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.

98.3 FM The Penguin and Huka Entertainment present the legendary Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, along with the New Breed Brass Band, Saturday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $27-$32.

Bourgie Nights presents an evening with award-winning singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly on Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Theater/Comedy

Big Dawg Productions presents the satirical comedy, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cape Fear Playhouse. Written by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, the play examines how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us. Tickets are $16 for tonight’s performance and $22 Friday-Sunday ($20 for students, seniors and military).

'Last Comic Standing' alum Nate Craig performs two nights of stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Photo courtesy Dead Crow Comedy Room.
‘Last Comic Standing’ alum Nate Craig performs two nights of stand-up this weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Photo courtesy Dead Crow Comedy Room.

Opera House Theatre Company’s production of the witty Sondheim musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” premieres at 8 p.m. tonight at Thalian Hall. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31.

“Last Comic Standing” finalist Nate Craig brings his stand-up to Dead Crow Comedy Room this weekend. He will perform at 7 and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $13.

TheatreNOW presents “We Can Be Heroes,” a “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) show by Hank Toler, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The play tells the story of the Champions of Justice, the world’s worst superhero team, as it welcomes a new member and then experiences a string of unsuccessful battles and suspicious incidents. Tickets are $30 ($18 for show only).

Art
Flytrap Brewing hosts an opening reception for the Anti-Gravity Art Show, featuring works from local watercolor artist and illustrator Christa Pun-Chuen, beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Flytrap will tap a limited release Tart Cherry Saison for the event. Instrumental guitarist Sean Howard and the Funky Fresh Food Truck will dish out tunes and local street food from 7-10. Admission is free. Pun-Chuen’s work will be on display through October 31.

Film
Detour Deli and Café hosts Film Noir Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. each week. Tonight’s film is “High Sierra.” Admission is free.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.