Bonnaroo’s lineup drops on Wednesday, and with that being the big deal that it is these days, CFBG is streaming the announcement live starting at 7 p.m. with discounts on past Bonnaroo artists. Spoiler alert: Next year’s discounts are going to include Kanye West, Elton John, Disclosure, Bobby Womack and Nick Cave. Mollie O’Brien is big sister to folk and bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien, but also a decorated songwriter herself. Her new album, Love Runner, will be the centerpiece when she and husband Rich Moore visit Centenary United’s Roots Revival Stage with Eric Thorin. Keyboard wiz Eli Winderman’s funk project Dopapod visit the Blind Tiger, while Big Easy brass rockers Dirty Bourbon River Show play the first of two in the Triad at Ziggy’s. The second comes on Thursday at the Blind Tiger, while second wave Cali reggae outfit Rebelution are at Ziggy’s.
Jim Lauderdale’s collaboration with Grateful Dead wordsmith Robert Hunter has produced four records in three years, so expect a few when he plays the Triad Acoustic Stage on Friday. The website for Joe of “Thank God I Found You” has been dormant since 2009, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive your wedding dance all over again at the War Memorial Auditorium. Virtuosic guitar/cello duo Montana Skies play the Community Arts CafÃ©, while the Garage hosts a survey of quality regional rock and pop by Estrangers, Hammer No More the Fingers, Big Air and Eston & the Outs, and the Deluge join up with Greenville legends Mac & Juice at High Rock Outfitters. High Point songwriters Trent Wesley and Dave Cecil take the mic for Turntable’s storytelling sessions, while Upstart Crow are next up out of High Point’s burgeoning folk-rock scene. They’re playing New York Pizza with the Tyler Nail and Shiloh Hill.
Jamison Bethea’s debut Drum Breaks and Broken Strings is all over the map with soulful guitar ballads and devilishly quirky pop. Its release party comes at Tequila Cowboys on Saturday. Rock at the Garage gets harder by orders of magnitude with Wolves, Wolves, Wolves and Wolves, Echo Crush, Almost People, Villain and Bottle Volcanic, and steel pan master Jonathan Scales plays cosmic jazz-funk at High Rock Outfitters. On Sunday, Reynolda House presents a program of chamber legend Aaron Copland’s work alongside that of his Brooklyn acolytes, and Charlotte anti-folk outfit Dollar Signs play Greenleaf Coffee Co-op. KDH are Winston-Salem transplants playing grind-boogie out of Brooklyn, and they’re back home on Tuesday at the Garage with Unfortunate Gentlemen and Primovanhalen. !