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The Amateurs 

When: Fri., Nov. 29, 9 p.m. 2013
Raleigh's The Amateurs aren't quite the same local reggae standbys they used to be, back when they seemed to materialize at community parties and in opening slots out of smoke. But their mix of open-ended improvisation and West Indies grooves remains as steadfast as ever, with distended solos from saxophone and guitar and keys spliced into old Jamaican favorites and revamped covers. Their update on Peter Tosh's cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," which recasts the titular guitarist as carrying his instrument in a gunny sack, is particularly extended and indulgent, as the band colors the narrative with guitar heroics of their own. —Grayson Haver Currin

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