by Ryan Snyder
There’s a little bit of Hopscotch in Greensboro on Wednesday night thanks to WQFS, as Alabama hip-hop duo G-Side and Memphis eccentric Cities Aviv take on Longshank’s before blowing up the Pour House. Weaving the Fate drops “Rack City” post-hardcore style in a Greene Street Club freebie and Truck Stop Darlin’ bring Portlandian country rock to the Garage.
Country abstractionist Starlings, TN also stops by the Green Bean this Thursday on his way to Hopscotch. He’ll be joined by the Twang Doctors and Kenny Shore. The Blind Tiger has zyde-soul and prog-funk by Raleighites the Morning After and Tiny Boxes, while Band of Oz benefits the Children’s Home Society in Uptown High Point.
The East West BBQ Fest kicks off in downtown Greensboro on Friday with Signature Soundz and the Numbers featuring Snüzz and Sam Frazier, while Soulstice 7th and Uncle Lucius play the Final Friday Night Live of the year in Center Center Park. Who’s Bad riff on Jacko with Suitcase at Ziggy’s, while Woodsman bring shadowy instrumental psychedelia to Krankies with Night Worker, side project of Bayonets’ Chad Newsom. At the Green Bean, Time Sawyer are folk lyricists capable of depths worthy of Twain himself.
Jozeemo puts a lyrical beatdown on heads at the Dirty South Beatdown on Saturday, likely followed by actual beatdowns. Seriously, he’s a scary dude. Mutant League spinoff Taylor Bays & the Laser Rays hold court at the Blind Tiger, while Caleb Caudle releases a new solo album at the Garage. Gainesville putzrockers Sister Hazel do it “All For You” at Ziggy’s. The East West BBQ Fest continues with Wurlitzer Prize, Jack Carter & the Armory, the Old One-Two, Megan Jean & the KFB and the Leeves, and the Green Bean has indie rock par excellence by Lake Isle with Birds and Arrows.
Sunday Matt Irie closes out the East West BBQ Fest with support from Emily Stewart & the Baby Teeth and My Darling Clementine, while not-the-’70s-band ReDeYe visit the Green Bean with country songwriter Cody Hayes.
The Garage has a rare Monday nighter with Hollywood girl garage rockers Beach Day. They’ll keep it going on Tuesday with banditocana outfit Have Gun Will Travel. At the Blind Tiger, there’s power pop by Janus 4-14 with Vel Indica and Slawterhaus 5.