Extended Play: 3.14.07

by Jordan Green

Okay kiddos, there’s something for everyone. No need to go hungry in the dazzling playland that is the Triad’s wide-ranging music scene.

Kicking off the music week on Wednesday Bump & Logie will perform an acoustic set at Café Europa in Greensboro’s cultural district as the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society announces the lineup for the 21st annual Carolina Blues Festival. The festival itself is scheduled for May 6 at Greensboro’s Festival Park.

Westward on Market Street, Stephen Marley (yes, the son of Bob) will display his talents at Montego Bay on the same night.

On Thursday in Winston-Salem, metal heroes Bloodjinn will headline Ziggy’s, no doubt performing songs from their brutal and breathtaking new disc, This Machine Runs on Empty.

Back in Greensboro on the same night, Afromotive plays the Blind Tiger. An Afro-beat band from Asheville, the band makes no secret of its musical debt to Fela Kuti, widely regarded as Nigeria’s answer to James Brown. As yet unsigned, Afromotive recently sold out the Orange Peel in their hometown – indicative of their building momentum.

Friday witnesses Fistfight’s CD release party at the Flatiron. Duck and cover.

St. Patrick’s Day activities kick off in the Gate City at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the Third Annual Jazz Festival at Tate Street Coffee House, running through the afternoon and late evening. At 7:30 p.m., the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor a free performance by the Philharmonia of Greensboro at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium.

If your preferences tend towards American roots, you have the envious decision of choosing between Downtown Senate at the Old Town Draught House in Greensboro or Lamont Skylark at the Garage in Winston-Salem.

Trinity hardcore band Aedora will be playing Hueston Lackey’s living room in Trinity to celebrate the big man’s 35th birthday on Saturday. Invitation only; shoot them a MySpace message for details. “We will definitely know if you weren’t invited, and if you weren’t, your ass will be promptly handed to you,” they promise. “No kidding, we will escort you away.”

Sunday afternoon, Polecat Creek and Logie Meacham will be among the musical guests at an “Interfaith Service of Prayer for Peace” at Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro.

Grateful Dead biographer David Gans and local Hammond B-3 talent Dave McCracken will join forces Sunday at the Blind Tiger for an evening of “loops, songs, jams and whatnot.”

The same night, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society (yes, that would be the Zakk Wylde who plays guitar with Ozzie Osbourne) will be at Ziggy’s.

On Monday the Strata Trio, featuring clarinet, violin, viola and piano, will be at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro.

And on Tuesday, pianist George Winston will be at the High Point Theatre.

Looking ahead, Tate Street prime mover Jaime Coggins (she of the Space art gallery) has announced the lineup for Tate Street spring festival, scheduled for April 14. Running the gamut from indie rock to roots and world beat, the bands include the Mantras, the Fairlanes, Health, and Global Repercussions.

Recently added to the lineup of the crunchy Shakori Hills festival outside of Silk Hope: the reunited Squirrel Nut Zippers.