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Week in Music:

Where to go for great music should never be an issue in a town brimming with sounds at every corner. A variety of sounds await listeners begind the doors of many venues this week. Soapbox Laundro Lounge offers up a night of environmental charity with a fund-raiser for Stop Titan, including three bands who will play the event. Sgt. Rock plays classic covers at the Whiskey on Saturday, and folk and bluegrass can be revered on Sunday afternoon with L Shape Lot at The Reel Café. Here’s some insight into what Wilmington will be sounding off on this week!

Stop Titan Fund-raiser
Feat. Ponchos, Fractal Farm and Bag of Toys
Soapbox Laundro-Lounge 255 N. Front St.
Friday, 1/21, 8 p.m. • $5
Sample local guitar riffs and drum beats while also protecting our environment and neighbors. Stop Titan, UNCW-Eco, and Greenpeace present a charitable night of information and music, all to stop the process of Titan America, which has plans to build the fourth largest cement plant on the banks of the northeast Cape Fear River. Speakers will begin their interactive talks directly after the doors open at 8 p.m, and the bands will begin playing at 10 p.m.

For a $5 donation, local artists Ponchos, Fractal Farm and Bag of Toys take the stage. Ponchos’ guitarist has a style similar to Santana, while the drums are reminiscent of Metallica, creating an interesting groove. Fractal Farm claims a mix of folk and psychedelic sounds, while Bag of Toys plays acoustic surf-rock.

The first 50 guests to the event will receive a prize from Stop Titan for showing their support. “This fight can be depressing and frustrating,” Sarah Gilliam, Stop Titan coordinator, says.

“But it’s fun to have a chance to rally around [the politicians and industries], and hopefully we’ll make some money in the process [to go toward our fight]. I’m very confident that we’ll win this battle. At the end of the day, this is our community. That’s what I keep going back to.”

Sgt Rock
Whiskey • 1 S Front St.
Friday, 1/22, 9:30 p.m. • $5
Sgt. Rock will be gracing the stage of the Whiskey, playing rock-n-roll we know and love. They cover the classic rock of Pink Floyd, The Clash, Grand Funk Railroad and several others, as well as modern tunes from Maroon 5, 3 Doors Down and Puddle of Mudd.

The band includes Duane Jones, Eric White, Alan Beasley and Russell Wilson, who all rock some sort of axe, having garnered a fanbase from playing 16 Taps. They often welcome fans onstage! Music lovers can enjoy their interactive style at 9:30 p.m.

L Shape Lot
The Reel Café • 100 S. Front Street
Sunday, 1/23, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. • free
L Shape Lot has gained a following in Wilmington, being voted encore’s best band in 2009. They play an Americana style of music, consisting of “a loose blend of folk and bluegrass, with rich harmonies,” as reported by High Country News.

Eric Miller plays acoustic guitar, while Alex Lanier takes on the Fender Telecaster, Rick Williams on bass, and John Kovalski on drums. All four bandmates sing, too! Having played all over town and touring up and down the East Coast, their eight years jamming together has garnered several invitations to bluegrass festivals. They’ve even taken the stage with acts like Railroad Earth and The Avett Brothers.

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