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Ben Folds in Cary, Be Hollywood featuring LA Riots at Greene Street

by Heather MacIntyre

All about the music? Friday evening the gas money to Cary will be worth it. The Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park (boothamphitheatre.com) holds a 7 p.m. show that you won’t want to miss. Epic Records’ major singer-songwriter Ben Folds (originally of Ben Folds Five) will play via his solo project this evening. Ben Folds (benfolds.com) will be releasing his new album (his first since 2006) this September but plans on using the summer to “test out tracks” on tour. NC is only one of four shows (the rest festivals) left before he embarks on his journey in the United Kingdom until August. His new tracks “Free Coffee,” “Errant Dog” and “Hiroshima” may not be able to top his all time love-classic “The Luckiest” but they’re well on their way to a showing for a runner-up. If it’s any indication of the path to the new album, I don’t want to miss my chance to hear it at this live show before the hype.

All about the party? Fool’s Gold Records brings Hollywood to Greensboro on Friday night. The event Be Hollywood featuring Los Angeles’ LA Riots (myspace.com/lariotsofficial) sets up a night of beat mixing, song remixing and dance dance dance. These West Coast DJs are on a full North American tour and have made a point to stop at Greene Street (greenestreetclub.com) to present this night of electronic music and a show to match. Local DJ talent has been added to the evening with DJ Frenzy, DJ Dominic, and Charlotte’s BLNGxBDGT. What’s a party without asking the Triad’s favorite EmberEllas (myspace.com/emberellas) to add a spark to the evening? These fire-eaters will mesmerize you with flame hoops, stilts, poi spinning and more from their self-titled “caburlesque” number. The show is 18 and older, and the doors open at 9 p.m. Get tickets ahead of time if you can at Etix.com.

Looking for balance in party and music? Saturday you should be on the corner of Walker and Elam avenues in Greensboro – no questions asked. Joe G’s Cover Band Explosion will be a main event full of great music and opportunity to give back to the community. Good news for animal lovers: The Blind Tiger (theblindtiger.com) hosts this benefit party-meets-performance to send all proceeds go the Guilford County Animal Shelter (adoptshelterpets.org) to fund food, cleaning supplies and other necessities to keep animals longer and help find homes. This year’s performances include NC bands that have chosen sets to cover and rock out like some of your favorite classics: Gary Numan, Paul McCartney, Oasis, Neil Young, Gang of Four, the Kinks, Motorhead and more. Experience, donate and enjoy for only a five-dollar entry fee (feel free to give more at the show or online at the animal shelter website).

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