country folk, 8 p.m.
University of South Carolina graduate Devon Elizabeth played her first show in 2005 at a coffee shop in Cola Town. “It was bad,” she says. Only the coffee knows if that’s true, but we suspect otherwise. Although Elizabeth has been playing for nearly a decade, her band, Half Strangers, hasn’t been on the scene for long. In fact, one of the outfit’s first gigs was at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville this June. Impressive. Right now, the band is finishing up a recording session with producer-drummer Wolfgang Zimmerman of the local Hearts and Plugs label. “We’re trying to play tons of shows, produce a steady stream of content, and get people familiar with our name,” Elizabeth says. In 2012, the singer-songwriter released the EP The Loneliest Dream, a melancholy-yet-sultry country-esque collection that sounds a bit like a heavier and funkier Sheryl Crow. “I try really hard not to write the same song over and over again, not only to challenge myself, but also I don’t want to make the guys play too many songs about boys who don’t like me back,” Elizabeth says. —Kalyn Oyer FRIDAY