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by Jordan Green

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Forgive my cynicism. As any bartender will tell you, New Year’s Eve is amateur night. If live music is an afterthought at most venues 365 days a year, it’s even more so on Dec. 31. Not to say there aren’t some worthy acts, but the emphasis is on getting your New Year’s Eve drink on. If you’re thinking you might defy the recession by dipping your foot into the live-music waters again, then your best bet is to wait until mid- to late-January when cabin fever sets and music comes to the fore. Instant Jones and Lactose Quervo play Brewballs in Burlington on New Year’s Eve, while Sok Monkey and Beneath the Wheel perform at the Raven. In Winston-Salem, Leon Couch III performs on the Tannenberg organ at Gray Auditorium in Winston-Salem on New Year’s Eve. Visit www.oldsalem.org for more information. The Solos Unit, the 2 nd Revolution and Bleumont South hold the floor at Club Oasis, while Easybake works Elliott’s Revue and Pregnancies party at the Werehouse. In Greensboro, pianist Rich Ridenour and vocalist Kathy Wagner pay tribute to the big-band era at Westover Church, at 505 Muirs Chapel Road, the Mantras keep tradition with their annual New Year’s Eve gig at the Blind Tiger, the recessionproof Stovepipes work the Flatiron, the Breakfast Club entertains at Greene Street, and Please Welcome dishes ’80s and ’90s covers at the Rhinoceros Club. The Flatiron in Greensboro makes its floor available for an open blues jam on the night of New Year’s Day. A Light Divided, the Travisty, Black 29 and Sound Syndrum demonstrate nuclear physics at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Friday. Autopilot appears at the Raven on Friday. Back in Greensboro on Friday, the Tim Betts Band gets the blues at the Blind Tiger, and the Alan Neese & Scott Adair Jazz Project works the Flatiron. Woodhead, Scarred Remembrance and Resort to Killing blaze at the Soundvent on Saturday. Billed as “Punk Fest,” the Fuss, Electromatic, Nugget, Doomsday Prophecy and Victims of Public Education play Somewhere Else Tavern on Saturday. Matt Hill & the Buzzkillz exhume the blues from several generations at 6 th & Vine in Winston-Salem on Saturday, and back in Greensboro Walrus holds court at the Blind Tiger. Folksinger Bruce Piephoff appears at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro on Sunday, Jan. 4.

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