For most local bands, touring the “Far East” means playing a beachfront Palm Beach County club. For the members of young West Palm Beach rock quartet Making Faces (makingfacesmusic.com), it meant far more from August 28 to Sept. 7 — and rewarded them for remembering anyone can be watching, even among throngs at SunFest.
“We opened for Barenaked Ladies at SunFest this year,” says singer/guitarist John DeMatteo. “An agent from the Hunan Province in China saw us, said we were her favorite band and encouraged us to submit to play the Zhangjiajie Music Festival.”
A few months later, DeMatteo, bassist/vocalist Jesse Lopez, drummer Matt Gaulin and saxophonist/percussionist John Boes were playing covers and rhythmic originals from the 2-year-old band’s debut CD, “Bright Roads Ahead,” on the festival’s multiple scenic stages.
“The experience of a lifetime,” DeMatteo says, “from hanging and jamming with musicians from 27 countries to the shows, the food and the hotel. One stage was in the national forest they used in the film ‘Avatar.’ ”
See Making Faces from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdayat Clematis by Night, at Centennial Square at the east end of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach (561-822-1515); from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 at Shindig, 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie (772-785-6202); and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Golden Art and Music Festival, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach (786-521-1199).
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The winner of the recent South Florida Blues Challenge was late entry David Shelley and Bluestone (davidshelleyandbluestone.com). The singing guitarist and his Broward-based quartet tune up for their January trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis with a 9 p.m. show tonight at the Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton ($10, 561-395-2929).
Next weekend at the Arts Garage (artsgarage.org), you can hear the silky, University of Miami-trained jazz vocals of Nicole Henry on Oct. 11 (8 p.m., $25-45), the incendiary UM-trained jazz guitar of New York City artist Jonathan Kreisberg on Oct. 12 (8 p.m., $25-35) and Big Apple acoustic blues singer/guitarist Guy Davis, with opening local troubadour Rod MacDonald, on Oct. 13 (7 p.m., $20-30) at 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach (561-450-6357).
West Palm Beach rock quartet Blackhawk and the Nightdrivers (blackhawkandthenightdrivers.bandcamp.com) released a top local 2013 CD in “Commonwealth,” and close the Coastars Coffee Stage at the third annual ARToberfest. The free street party features 50 area artists and craft vendors, three stages, and 23 performers from 3 p.m.-midnight on Oct. 12 at Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth (561-547-7273).