Be There

by Jesse Kiser

TUESDAY, July 15

Eastern Music Festival

Carnegie Room, Hege Library, Guilford College; Greensboro;; 336.333.7450; 8 p.m.; $25/$23

Again this week is the Eastern Music Festival. Check out the website for the full line-up, because every day of the week EMF has something worth seeing and listening to. So don’t put it off – the festival ends Aug. 2. EMF says, “Hear music in an intimate setting and enjoy the great talents of these wonderful musicians.”


Chuck Folds Five

Cooper’s Ale House; 5340 W. Market St., Greensboro;; 336.294.0575; 10 p.m.; FREE

Chuck Folds Five is not a knockoff of Ben Folds Five, but actually a band started by Ben’s younger brother, Chuck. They are headlining College Night at Cooper’s Ale House. If you can’t make this show check out their MySpace for upcoming dates; they play everywhere from Wild Wing Café in Winston-Salem to Ham’s in Chapel Hill. The bass player, Chuck Folds, and vocalist/lead guitar Steve Williard keep themselves busier than any other local band I know of by playing in two other bands: Rubberband and Big Bang Boom. So about any night of the week you can find Chuck and Steve playing in the Triad.


Doobie Doobie Do

War Memorial Auditorium; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; ; 336.852.1100; 8pm; $39.50-$49.50

Michael McDonald… yeah his name rings a bell, but he is a little before my time, gaining fame in the early 1970s. McDonald, formally of the Doobie Brothers, recently released an album, Soul Speak, which he refers to as “a labor of love.” He won a Grammy for best song in 1980, but he has had his fair share of success in the last few years with his previous album, Motown (2003), which had two Top 15 Billboard Hits songs.

FRIDAY, July 18

Frontier, a tribute to Journey

Lincoln Theatre; 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh;; 336.821.4111; 8pm Doors 9pm Show; $10, $12 at D

Now you will not look so weird when you belch out “Don’t Stop Believing” at the top of your lungs cause this time you will be in a music hall full of people screaming it too. Journey, unlike many classic bands of their era, are still around and kicking, releasing an album in early June. Frontier has been around only more than a year nowand its lead vocalist once turned down the opportunity to take Steve Perry’s place. Hearing him sing will prove the validity of this story; I don’t know about you but I am gonna wait until Friday to see if Frontier can keep me believing.



Dog Days; 705 Battleground Ave. Greensboro;; 336.883.9356; 10 a.m.; FREE

Drew Carey doesn’t have the type of jazz that Bob Barker had when he reminded us all to “spay and neuter our pets.” Not everyone took his advice because homeless animals are on the rise in the Triad. The Animal Rescue Groups of NC are holding the Summer Loving Indoor Pet Adoption Fair for homeless cats and dogs. Even if you are indecisive about adopting a pet, go – a kitten’s adorable face will help you make up your mind. And guys, it will drive your girlfriend crazy if you take her.

SUNDAY, July 20

Get on your bikes and ride

Riders in the Country; 5701 Randleman Road, Greensboro; 336.674.5111; 12 p.m.; $10 to ride, $5 to not (all donation)

For all you bikers out there, get together and help out a fallen brother. Dwayne McMahan died June 13 after his motorcycle was struck by a car. He is a part of a string of motorcycle accidents in Davidson County. Riders in the Country is holding a charity ride to raise money to adopt the road he was killed on and put it in his name as well as the left over proceeds, after his family is taken care of, will be donated to a charity in McMahan’s name. The event will feature a ride to Softtails on Holden Road along with music by Sixty Eight Seasons, food and drinks. The ride will leave at 12:30. Even if you don’t ride, come out in support.

MONDAY, July 21

Get in the game

Special Events Coliseum at Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro;; 336.379.9095; 8 a.m.; $75

They say if you can’t do, teach. Well I don’t know what they say about coaching but if you need some coaching help check out the 60th annual North Carolina’s Coaches Clinic NCCA starting on June 21 and ending June 24. NCCA says, “The North Carolina Coaches Association exists to promote and improve athletics in North Carolina’s public schools and to foster high standards of ethics and sportsmanship.”

TUESDAY, July 22

X-mas in July

NewBridge Bank Park; Greensboro;; 336.268.BALL; 7 p.m.; $6-$9

I miss that holiday cheer, the wintertime snow, the gifts, and yeah, I still miss Santa. The Grasshoppers are covering Natty’s Hill with snow. So during the game be a kid again and go play in the snow minus all the layers of clothing making you look like the little brother in A Christmas Story. Also Santa will be there taking time off from making your presents for the real Christmas to watch the Grasshoppers play the Charleston RiverDogs.