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EMF, Fooling Betty at Greene Street, Boris at the Cat’s Cradle

by Heather MacIntyre

After your Fourth of July cookout and sparklers, celebrate Independence Day with the Eastern Music Festival (easternmusicfestival.org) in tribute to the founder of the company, Sheldon Morgenstern. Conductor José-Luis Novo will be accompanied by guest David Lockington, and pianist Christina Dahl to produce a few classical numbers you will recognize no matter what kind of music you listen to. Novo and Lockington will be conducting Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture,” David Diamond’s “Symphony No. 4,” George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Overture 1812, Op. 49”. Novo currently acts as music director and conductor of Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and of the Binghamton Philharmonic. The event will take place in the Dana Auditorium at Guilford College at 8 p.m.; tickets are available at the Triad Stage Box Office (triadstage.org).

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Why not just completely switch gears Saturday night and rock out with Fooling Betty (foolingbetty.com), Greensboro’s own rock escape. Campbell, Harris, Boatman and Smith will be fueling your flaming heart at Greene Street (greenestreetclub.com) late into the evening. Who are the special guests opening the show? Why don’t we throw in an early AC/DC tribute band? Let There Be Rock will fill that spot for the evening – wrapping up an overall AC/DC journey, and then ending in a high energy set of dance-rock with hits from the 80s and 90s (Fooling Betty). Doors open at 9 p.m., 21 and over, $8 and with the new additions and aesthetics to Greene Street, you don’t want to miss this.

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End the weekend heavy. As if they weren’t loud enough separately, Boris (myspace.com/borisdronevil), Torche (torchemusic.com), and Clouds (myspace.com/cloudsrock) are touring together combining their equally massive sounds to one venue, Cat’s Cradle (catscradle.com). For some people, this might be considered more “noise” than “tune,” but for those who enjoy the healing of vibrations coming from amps piled to the ceiling and music so loud you can feel it in your heart beat, we’ll see you there. Boston’s Clouds will be performing songs from their latest album We Are Above You (haha, get it?) that was released on Hydra Head. For this show certainly have your head up there.

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