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Shakedown street was the place to be for mushrooms, nitrous, and various and sundry other wares being peddled in the parking lot of the Greensboro Coliseum last Saturday night. I saw a half-dozen guys filling balloons in the parking lot after the show. What I didn’t see, even after the Coliseum filled up with a haze of THC-infused smoke when Dead and Company took the stage somewhere around 8 o’clock, was a Greensboro police officer. Which I found interesting to say the least. What a long way we’ve come.

Looking forward, there are lots of shows just as interesting coming up this week. Most interesting, however, is the Joel Henry Band record release show on Nov. 27 at The Blind Tiger. Mark it down.

This week kicks off on Wednesday night with the Singer/Songwriter Spotlight at Muddy Creek Music Hall in Bethania. The Fiddle and Bow Society presents Jim Malcolm at the MCMH on Friday. Donna the Buffalo with Peter Rowan hit the stage at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Thursday night. Over in Greensboro, the Dance From Above crew presents Nick Neptune and KT Caustic at the Carolina Theatre. Alvin Shavers, fiftyfootshadows and Prez are on the bill, in addition to great visuals by thefacesblur. The events drops at 9p.m.

The peeps over at Revolution Cycles on Spring Garden Street are up to something lately, hosting a four-band show at the shop on Thursday. Wild Moth, a postpunk band from the San Francisco area, is on the bill with Totally Slow, Alright and Nervous Hands. Tickets are $5 and “no jerks” seems to be the only litmus test for entry. Rock!

Friday night at the Blind Tiger brings a big show as Holy Ghost Tent Revival hits the stage at 7 p.m. supported by Major & the Monbacks and Driftwood.

I was honored to interview one of my favorite artists, Col. Bruce Hampton, for the story at left. Hampton, who once played the Atlanta Pop Fest with Jimi Hendrix, plays The Garage at 9 p.m. on Friday night.

The Small Batch Songwriter Series returns to Gibbs Hundred Brewery on Lewis Street in Greensboro on Sunday night. Billed as the last installment of the fall series, the events features Mike Gaffney and Jack Gorham.

In addition to the Joel Henry Band album release we told you about earlier, plan for the Eric Gales and Marvelous Funkshun show on Nov. 28 at Ziggy’s.

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