Rascal Flatts and Jessica Simpson bring their Bob That Head tour to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 23. Tickets go on sale on Saturday at the coliseum box office, www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 336.722.6400 or 336.852.1100. The Greensboro Coliseum’s big get of late is Slipknot, supported by Coheed and Cambria and Trivium, on Feb. 9. For ticket information, visit www.greensborocoliseum.com. Susan Foster performs on the Tannenberg organ at Gray’s Auditorium in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Visit www.oldsalem.org for more information. The Jim Mayberry Trio appears at Club Oasis in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, while Country Dan Collins handles his regular duties as host of the open mic at the Garage. Chuck Folds Five works Club Oasis on Thursday. Steel drummer Tracy Thornton performs at the Heritage Greens Retirement Community Christmas party in Greensboro on Thursday. Disparate as it might sound, here are two more concerts in Greensboro on Thursday: Greensboro Oratorio Society performing Handel’s Messiah at the Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium, and the Sam Robinson Band celebrating the release of their new CD at the Blind Tiger. Jimmy Buffet sideman Peter Mayer and band perform a Christmas show to benefit the Rockingham County Red Cross and Red Cross Food Bank at First Presbyterian Church in Eden on Friday. Tracy Thornton pans for gold at Steak Street in High Point on Friday. The bo-stevens, the Straight 8s and Kelley & the Cowboys maintain the honky-tonk Christmas spirit at the Garage on Friday. Back in the Gate, Casting Crowns celebrates the holiday season with Natalie Grant, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Avalon, Michael English and pureNRG at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday, and the Urban Sophisticates preside at Greene Street. Also in Greensboro: Holy Ghost Tent Revival at the Blind Tiger and Braco at the Flatiron. Sin Tax and Butter (described as “Brad Newell’s original funk fusion project) pair up at the Green Bean in Greensboro on Friday. A promotional blurb promises, “Sin Tax guitarist Dave McLean will perform as Baby-Jesus visting wise man, Melchior, in honor of advent and debut his new composition, ‘Manneken Pis,’ an homage to the statue of the peeing boy in Brussels.” Still in Greensboro: the Nondenoms thrash at 915 Skate Park; the Ascendicate, Spoken Through Shadows and From Tomorrow throw down at Somewhere Else Tavern. The 5 L’s, Meat Rocket and a Light Divided pull out the stops at Hollywood Hollow in Lawsonville on Saturday. Sally Spring & the Ted Lyons Experience, Greg Humphreys of Hobex, Jon Shain and Little Pink converge on the Garage on Saturday. (I’m taking the fam to this one). Dawn Chorus and Jew(s) and Catholic(s) lead the house party at Dada Dollhouse, at 444 S. Hawthorne St. in Winston-Salem, on Saturday. Back in Greensboro, Joe Garrigan’s “Cover Band Explosion” returns to the Blind Tiger on Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting the Greensboro Animal Shelter. Body Soil, Chane-Stokes, No Mercy, Final Curse, Cynonyte, Merzah and Sloburn pound Somewhere Else Tavern on Saturday. Word is there will be free food and cheap beer. Larkin Grimm, Dead Elephant Bicycle and Albina Savoy share billing at the Green Bean on Saturday. CafÃ© Jam celebrates its 10 th anniversary with a concert featuring Everlife, Jason Roy of Building 429 and Bannister on Saturday. From the Pawn and Burn This City preside at Club Rain on Saturday The Piedmont Chamber Singers perform a candlelight concert in Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem on Sunday, Dec. 14. Visit www.historicbethabarapark.com for more information. Native Sound and Parachute Musical converge at the Werehouse on Dec. 14. Piedmont Songbag plays the Blind Tiger on Dec. 14. Dawn Chorus, Witches and an American Tourist play at House of Tad, at 233 N. Cedar St. in Greensboro, on Dec. 15. Tyler Rhodes hosts the weekly Tuesday open mic at the Claddagh
Bar & Restaurant in High Point on Dec. 16, and Tim Betts and Chris Carroll pull out their trick bag at the Blind Tiger.