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The Smithereens to play at Harvester tonight
Saturday’s concert features folk, alternative rockers Eddie From Ohio
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Publicity Photo: The Smithereens, best known for their 80s hit “A Girl Like You,” will perform at the Harvester Center in Rocky Mount tonight (June 13) at 8.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Eighties rock band the Smithereens will perform at the Harvester Performance Center today (June 13) at 8 p.m.

Dressed in leather, brandishing heavy guitars and exhibiting an unabashed fetish for British Invasion pop, the Smithereens were an anomaly in the American college rock scene of the late '80s.

Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Pat DiNizio stood out not only with his strange beatnik goatee but also because his catchy hooks were haunting, not punchy, and because his lyrics were morose.

As time wore on, the group became more straightforward, turning into an excellent bar band, one that attacked pop songs with the weight of AC/DC. A few hits followed, like the band's biggest hit "A Girl Like You," but the Smithereens seemed hopelessly out of date in the alternative rock explosion of the early 90s, and they quietly faded into a working cult band.

Tickets are $29 and VIP tickets are $60, which includes sound check access, artist meet and greet, an artist The box office opens at 4 p.m. Friday, and doors open at 7 p.m.

Eddie From Ohio will perform at the Harvester Saturday (June 14) at 8 p.m.

Too energetic to be labeled "folk" and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative," Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. A bedrock foundation of hand and stick percussion and a textural flavoring of guitar, bass and harmonica support the four-part harmonies and lyrically-driven original music. While this combination has drawn comparisons like the Grateful Dead meets Peter, Paul & Mary, or like Jewel fronts the Bare Naked Ladies, EFO fuses a multitude of musical influences to create their own trademark sound.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. The box office opens at 4 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m.

--Smithereens Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic.com.

 
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