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Jimmy Herring Band w/ Vertigo Jazz Project, Kofi Burbridge 

When: Fri., Dec. 3 2010
Price: $22, $20 (adv.)
jimmyherring.net
He laughs saying it, but Pour House owner Alex Harris is spot-on when he calls Jimmy Herring a “guitar god.” The master of the Stratocaster has the distinction of having served as the primary lead guitarist in three out of the four monster jam bands in history: the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead, and Widespread Panic. The latter, his current employer, might now be an afterthought were it not for him accepting that full-time role in 2006 (think: fledgling Tar Heels+Roy Williams=instant national championship). Herring was the only man who could fill the spot and guarantee a whole new era of glory days for Panic. But to really hear Herring in all his balls-to-the-wall glory, you’ve got to dig up old recordings of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, his band that included Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, and Col. Bruce Hampton. Or, just come to the Pour House on Friday. Touring behind Lifeboat, his first solo release, the disc features the aforementioned players, as well as Derek Trucks, Bobby Lee Rodgers, and Kofi Burbridge. Kofi will be in attendance at Herring’s show, opening up with his Vertigo Jazz Project. Rounding out Herring’s band are his old wingman Sipe (drums), Neil Fountain (bass), and Matt Slocum (keys). Expect an instrumental array of lightning fast licks and space jazz explorations. “It’s pretty special when he plays here because it’s a small room for them,” says the Pour House’s Harris. “His tone and his playing when you get him into a small place is just amazing.” —Stratton Lawrence

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