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by Jordan Green

The Dead begin their spring tour in Greensboro. More than a decade after the death of Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, this may be the most official iteration of the band to hit the road for any length of time. The band announced on its website that the lineup for the tour will be the same one that convened in Philadelphia last fall for a benefit for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama — core surviving members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, joined by guitarist Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The 19-date tour begins April 12 at the Greensboro Coliseum, a venue that is almost as closely identified with the Dead as it is with Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Triad Acoustic Stage, Greensboro’s major outlet for national singer-songwriter acts in lieu of a proper full-time venue, announces the following tentative bookings: Abi Tapia of Austin, Texas, Chris Smither, Eliza Gilkyson and Paul Thorn. No confirmations, as of yet. My guess is that expressions of audience interest might help close the deal. E-mail info@triadacousticstage.com for more specifics. Shiela Klinefelter and Tim Buffington host the Wednesday blues jam at the Clubhouse in Greensboro. Proceeds from Country Dan Collins’ open mic at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Wednesday go the Youth Suicide Prevention Program. Visit www.yspp.org for more information. Psychograss, featuring Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips, David Grier and Tony Trishka, plays the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem on Thursday. For tickets, call 336.721.1945 or visit www.tickets.com. Local heavies Nyos and Spüknof of Virginia join forces at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday. Red Collar and 500 Miles to Memphis play the Garage on Friday. The “Dirty South Beatdown” beat battle at Greene Street featuring contestants County Jail, Will Wonder, Ty Writer, DJ Skemes, Christ Addams, Poe Mack, Mackie J, DJ Piedo, C Macc, Ken E, Short Fuze and Stretch Knoxxx; and performers Ed E. Ruger, Ty Bru, DJ Phillie Phresh, Kaze, P Batters and Metaphor on Friday. Judges include Jay Boss, JJ the Jenius, Young Gee and Celinski. Charlotte’s Lambhandler and Benj-O-Matic at Somewhere Else Tavern in Greensboro on Friday, but we’re also told that Benjy Johnson and Clay Howard play the YES! Weekly party at Foothills Brewing in Winston- Salem the same night. Runaway Dorothy plays the Flatiron. Matt Hill, Dave Gross and others play at Zion Bar & Grille and Joshua West does the honors at WineStyles at the Shops at Friendly Center in Greensboro on Friday. Bleumont South brings its hip-hop/soul stylings to Thomasville’s Soundvent, broadening the venues metal identity, on Saturday. Raleigh’s Tragic Hero Records showcases at least two of its bands — My Hero Is Me, a Kiss for Jersey, Your Name In Vain, Wrath & Rapture and To Speak to Wolves — at Club Oasis in Winston-Salem on Saturday, while Big Daddy Love and the Lost Ridge Band appear at the Garage. Charlotte’s New Familiars continue to build their following in the Triad, with a show at the Blind Tiger on Saturday. Clay Howard plays solo at WineStyles at the Shops at Friendly Center and Café Jam opens its stage to Christian hip hop. Shiela Klinefelter, Chuck Cotton and Terry VunCannon host the blues jam at Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro on Sunday, Jan. 11, while Bubba Klinefeleter and Tim Buffington host the blues jam the following night at the Red Lion in High Point. Gary, Shallow Palace and Pacifico conjoin at the Garage on Jan. 13.

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