by Ryan Snyder

Jamestown venue Turntable is taking its house party on the road to Winston-Salem on Thursday, and they’re hosting a pair of terrific songwriters from the Pacific Northwest in the luxuriously bearded Bradford Loomis and the ebullient Beth Whitney. Check for the particulars. If you haven’t had a good cry lately, check out Modern Robot at New York Pizza as they perform Maurice le Roux’s score from “The Red Balloon.” This being percussionist Kyle Poehling’s last show with Modern Robot might be reason enough for waterworks. High country reggae group Chalwa celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday at High Rock Outfitters. Saxophonist Laurent Estoppey releases his chamber-tronica album, The Encounter of the Immobile, with live visuals from Tristan Miller at Scuppernong Books. Could a new booking place cure what ails downtown? Says the zen master, “We’ll see.”

Leave your worries for a while, they’ll be there when you get back, and celebrate the life of one James DeWitt Yancey at Onyx Bar, or kick it out to NYC rocksteady crew the Slackers at the Blind Tiger on Friday. Give your love up to the legendary Delbert McClinton in the big room at Ziggy’s. Bradenton folk-rockers Have Gun Will Travel visit the Garage, while Turntable takes it back to Jamestown with sets from folksters Falls and Cereus Bright. The Bronzed Chorus emerge from their slumber to play DRMCOAT Art Distro’s one-year retrospective at the Green Bean with noisy rock from Trouble, Bird Step and Black Santa. Jam warriors Big Something might have had a better year than just about any Triad area band, and they’re at Blue Bourbon Jack’s, while Caitlin Krisko and Aaron Austin of the Broadcast play a duo set at High Rock Outfitters.

Mr. “OG Bobby Johnson” himself pops up at Greene Street Club on Saturday, this time with a few more arrows in his quiver than his Ziggy’s set last month. There’s an international flavor in coffee world, as the great Diali Cissohko & Kaira Ba bring Senegal to the Green Bean, and West End Mambo serve their Latin fare spicy at Krankies. Unifier made some of North Carolina’s best rock last year, and they visit the Blind Tiger with Driftwood Miracle. Booklyn’s Huntronik serve austere Krautrock against the R&B warmth of Elemeno and math explorers Black Squares White Islands at New York Pizza.

There’s more Trouble at Empire Books on Tuesday, and they’re joined by Designer, Kaleidoscope Death and Dumpster. !