This week marks the end of free, outdoor live music series and festivals in the Triad, but it’s going out supernova-style. The Show of Hands x Mosaic Festival happens this Wednesday night at the downtown Greensboro Railyard with a lineup to touch all sonic pleasure centers. Look left to read more about Malaysian songbird Yuna, who will headline, but stay for ultra-buzzy Queen City emcee Well$, whose dynamite full-band performance at Hopscotch landed him on the front of NPR’s homepage. But wait, there’s more! Asheville producer Marley Carroll will play one of his last sets this year before going to record a new record. It’s also not garden variety “” he’s spinning a full set of electronic dance jams from Africa. In the early hour, T0W3RS will play one of his rapturous solo sets. And there will be food from three different continents. See you there.
Earlier in the day, acoustic-y Joshua West wraps up the Tunes at Noon series in Center City Park. Later, Greensky Bluegrass visits Ziggy’s on the heels of their fifth record If Sorrows Swim.
The ever-popular Dance from Above series throws a sharp curve on Thursday night at the Crown, and dips its toes in the waters of noise and punk momentarily with Memphis hellraisers Ex Cult. The dancefloor carnage returns next month for a special Halloween edition, and a little “birdie” says that Drankenstein will have its revenge. 17 Days continues with Donna the Buffalo’s pedal man Dave McCracken leading an all-star band in a benefit for the very worthy Interactive Resource Center with the Healing Blues Project at The Blind Tiger.
On Friday, Winston songsmith Caleb Caudle will give an in-store performance for the vinyl release of his sparkling new record Paint Another Layer on My Heart at the new Underdog Records location in downtown Winston. If you missed bluesman Tom Principato at the Carolina Blues Fest, you can make up for it at The Blind Tiger. Jazz chanteuse Catherine Russell builds up the 17 Days repertoire at the Carolina Theatre, and Ithaca Afro-soul six-piece Thousands of One visit High Rock Outfitters.
Nashville stoner-blues outfit All Them Witches were a revelation at Phuzz Phest, and they’ll return to the Garage on Saturday. The Alaskan Whalers are a twoman house party at Turntable, and music returns to The Green Bean with Pluto and Black Santa. Wasn’t kidding about the end of free festival season, and FEED Festival at the Caldcleugh and Tate Street Festival give it a fitting end. A final note, I’ll be taking some much needed time off over the next few weeks, but there’ll be some great talent pinch hitting, so stay tuned. !