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Welcome, readers, to the final week of 2012. Congratulations on making it through the entire year—but did we all accomplish the things we set out to do in the last 360+ days? As we craft yet another New Year’s resolution, we should ponder that perhaps we didn’t peruse enough of our own local music scene in 2012. Did we really stop by Gravity Records to say hello to Matt Keen often enough? Hardly. Could we have forgone the fluorescent-lit laundromat in exchange for some awesome tunes at Soapbox Laundro-Lounge? Certainly.

With these notions in mind, I offer one last chance to support ILM music this year. These are the live-show picks for the final week of 2012. Enjoy!

kellerKeller Williams
Thurs., Dec. 27th
Brooklyn Arts Center, downtown
516 N. 4th St.
Doors: 7:30 p.m. • Show: 8:30 p.m.
$25-50 • www.brooklynartsnc.com
Appearing in Wilmington as only one of four stops with his latest collaboration, Americana/bluegrass singer/songwriter Keller Williams will present a new six-piece R&B project called More Than a Little. Yes, the subtle Fredericksburg, VA-based artist will coincide with R&B at Wilmington’s own Brooklyn Arts Center this Thursday. That 1 Guy will open.

Since Williams’ 1994 release, “Freek,” he’s joined forces with The Travelin’ McCourys, The String Cheese Incident, Bob Weir, Bela Fleck and more. Yet the self-taught string musician is able to perform elaborate one-man shows with a tool he’s widely known for: live phrase looping with multiple instruments. Not only will Williams jam on the BAC stage with More Than a Little, but he’ll also offer up his renowned solo performance.

Tickets to the show are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the concert. VIP tickets are $50 which includes guaranteed balcony access, a signed poster, early entry, two complimentary beverages, and a two- to three-song acoustic set with Williams prior to the show. Tickets available at BAC Box Office, All Slice of Life locations and online at www.brooklynartsnc.com.

L Shape Lot
Fri., Dec. 28th • 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn Resort
1706 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach
Sat., Dec. 29th • 9:30 p.m.
Goat and Compass
710 N. 4th St., downtown
Both shows free • www.lshapelot.com
The running champion of encore’s 2012 Best Of reader’s poll for best band—as well as a contender for this year’s title—is local bluegrass act L Shape Lot. Though our area has had to set the band free to tour the Southeast as of late, the acoustic duo will be available come Friday and Saturday night. Folks can head to Wrightsville Beach on December 28th or to downtown’s Goat and Compass on December 29th to catch Eric Miller and Alex Lanier on their acoustic guitars. Even if it’s not all four of the band members, we promise there will be no disappointment.

Scott Jones and Family Benefit and Talent Show
Fri., Dec. 28th and Sat., Dec. 29th
Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
255 N. Front St., downtown
Doors: 7 p.m. • Show: 8 p.m.
$15 (+$3 under 21) per night
www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com
Scott Jones was once the drummer for Rural Swine and Mullet Revolta here in Wilmington. After a March 2012 accident at his new home in San Francisco left Jones with a traumatic brain injury, his friends from the ‘80s and ‘90s ILM music scene decided they’d do anything possible to help their pal. Though Jones is making progress with his healing, his medical bills climb at a staggering rate, so several bands from Wilmington’s grunge scene are reuniting to host the Scott Jones and Family Benefit and Talent Show. At $15-18 per ticket per night, all proceeds from this two-night benefit will go toward rehabilitation and ‘round-the-clock nursing care that is not covered by insurance.

Friday night’s performers will include: ALL Tore Up, After Forever, From Beyond, Betrayer, Second Thoughts, The Exalted Brotherhood of Sonic Medusa, Bad Rabbi and the Heretics, (T)Ex Svengali, and Totally Slow. Saturday’s show will feature Brickbat with Jeff Clayton (of AntiSeen), Mac McNeilly (of the Jesus Lizard), Rural Swine, Mullet Revolta, The Crack, White Bikes, The Hedgetoads, The Neons, Sweetfeed and The Squirrels.
As well, a silent auction will take place during the Soapbox event. While all items are viewable at www.helpscottjones.com, highlights include a 1960s Gretsch Guitar G6120 Anniversary Model Hollowbody Electric Guitar, works from local artist Michelle Connolly, a 10-hour recording session at Dark Pines Studios, and a private improv comedy show for up to 50 people from the Comically Impaired.

Tickets are available at Soapbox’s website or at www.etix.com or at the door on the night of the show. Details on sending separate donations to Jones are available on www.helpscottjones.com.

dakodasDirty Dakotas and The Hufton Brothers
Sat., Dec. 29th
Satellite Bar and Lounge
120 Greenfield St., downtown
Show: 9 p.m. • Free
$15 (+$3 under 21) per night
www.satellitebarandlounge.com
The crowd at Satellite Bar and Lounge on Saturday night will have the pleasure of checking out a double-whammy. Headlining act Dirty Dakotas, comprising Chris Hart (bass), Steph Hart (vocals, guitar) and Will Evans (drums), offers a rousing dose of intense indie-rock.
Joining Dirty Dakotas is another local act The Hufton Brothers. The group is composed of twin brothers Jesse and Justin Hufton (vocals and bass, respectively) and drummer Shane Soles. Together they serve up acoustic folk-punk that’s unlike much else in Wilmington’s current music scene.

costelloT.C. Costello
Sat., Dec. 29th • 10 p.m.
Juggling Gypsy, downtown
1612 Castle St.
Free • www.jugglinggypsy.com
Singer/songwriter T.C. Costello works his magic on the obscure—his instruments include the 1920s marxophone, the accordion, and the khaen, the national folks instrument of Laos. The result is a mix of eclectic world music and modern punk rock.

The Madd Hatters, Solomon Roark and the Affidavits, Southern Eclectic
Mon, Dec. 31st • 10 p.m.
Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
255 N. Front St., downtown
Doors: 7 p.m. • Show: 8 p.m.
$5 (+$1 under 21)
www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com
The Madd Hatters are purveyors of aggressive ska in Wilmington, and they’ll headline the New Year’s Eve show at the Soapbox. In an intriguing twist, members of The Madd Hatters will turn around and play with Southern rock act Southern Eclectic. It surely will be a show to satisfy all tastes!

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