Leading the way this week is the best show you haven’t thought about: Nobuntu.
That’s right. Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., this a cappella group is coming to the Weinberg, and my guess is that it might just be something that hasn’t been on your radar. Still, as the Weinberg’s website explains …
“Hailing from Zimbabwe, the female a cappella quintet Nobuntu has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.”
Or, in other words, you wouldn’t be wrong if you said that these ladies kind of/sort of add up to a smaller, lesser known Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Better yet, as Barbara Hiller, the marketing manager of the Weinberg, told me last week, the theater is so excited to bring the group in that the Powers That Be have decided to offer a massive discount for those looking to attend.
The hope, from what I’m told, is to make the ticketing a lot like the discovery series that the theater hosts on the first Thursday of each month — a sort of pay-what-you-can approach. But, because the concert is a reserved-seating event, the discount can be had only if you call the theater, walk up to the box office … or use a very special code online when you order. That code?
And if you tell them that Colin sent you, you will also receive a full zero percent off anything you order. You can thank me later.
Elsewhere this weekend, we would be remiss if we didn’t note for the first time in this roundup’s very short existence that Tenth Ward Distilling has been showcasing some awfully great musical talent at its space on Patrick Street. Next up for their Friday Night Live @ The Cocktail Lab series is Sean Crow, who promises to bring at least one or two Jason Isbell covers. The fun starts at 8. If you’re missin’ it, you ain’t livin’ it.
As if that’s not enough awesomeness for Frederick to endure in one weekend, there’s also the winner of the Best Band Name contest this week. That winner? The Allman Others Band, which will be taking The Blue Side’s stage Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. And when it comes to Allman Brothers Band tributes, this name has to go right up there with “Whipping Post.” Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door, so be sure you “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” and grab yours today.
Though if the Allmans aren’t your preference, you aren’t all that much into the acoustic thing, and you happen to be busy Sunday afternoon … well, the Eagles Club is going to host a couple old-fashioned rock and roll bands in Marshal Fuzz and Suspect Device. While the former will undoubtedly move your soul, the latter describes themselves as “early punk rock that delivers three chords and a grudge.”
And hoooo boy, do I love me some grudges.
Anyway, did I miss anything? Of course I did. So, if you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email email@example.com. In the meantime (and in between time), grab those blankets, put on some gloves and stand in solidarity with those of us who utterly refuse to turn on the heat in our apartments until we absolutely have to.
Be safe and be well.
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