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Extended Play: 5.16.2007

by Jordan Green

First we had Vietnam; now we have Iraq. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh was giving the war planners fits in Washington in the late ’60s; now he’s tormenting Dick Cheney & Co. Students for a Democratic Society spearheaded student protests against the Vietnam war. A re-formed SDS is mobilizing against the Iraq war. In 1966, the genre of rock criticism was created with the birth of Crawdaddy! magazine, predating both Rolling Stone and Creem. Now Crawdaddy! is back.

“Crawdaddy! will return for a literate look at music as the centerpiece of political and cultural analysis. As an art form that reflects our society,” the new editors promise. “Wake up. Smell the disorder. Drink some beer. Stay tuned.”

Visit crawdaddy.com for more of the manifesto.

A venerable institution that predates Crawdaddy! by at least five years, Greensboro’s Eastern Music Festival shows no signs of losing momentum in its classical and avant-roots programming. The announcement in March that the festival’s CEO, Tom Philion, was been named executive director of the Seattle Symphony, might have created a brief leadership vacuum. EMF’s stability appears to be ensured with the hiring of Stephanie Cordick as general manager. Most recently the managing director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Cordick studied nonprofit management at Duke University.

Another local institution, Bruce Piephoff – he of the folk kind – performs at Abbotswood Retirement Center in Greensboro on Thursday.

New Orleans’ subdudes play the Empire Room as part of Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival on Friday. Over in Winston-Salem, Little Mascara and Ironhead rock the estrogen with variants of sexy and aggressive R’n’R at the Garage. Also in the Camel City, the BFGs, a ska band drawn from West Forsyth High School, throw a CD release party at the Werehouse. They’ll be joined by Adonnii, also from Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill’s Asian Café and Asheville’s Andy & the Jivers.

On Saturday you can catch Wendy Newcomer & John Griffin at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, while Sin Tax rolls out new original material at the Green Bean. Madison’s favorite daughter, Vaughan Penn, holds her CD release party at the Garage back in Winston-Salem. Bill Gaither & Friends play the Lawrence Joel Coliseum the same evening.

Also on Saturday, Bruce Piephoff plays an early afternoon show at the Grove Winery in Gibsonville.

Up in Rockingham County bluegrass acts Mountain Heart, the James King Band, Lost & Found, Shallow Creek and the County Associates will be “pickin’ on cancer,” as it were, on May 20 in a benefit to raise money to fight cancer. The event takes place at the Ruffin home of Mountain Heart bassist Jason Moore, adjacent to a private airfield owned by his father. Located in the county’s northwest corner, it’s probably closer than you think. Visit mountainheart.com or call 336.939.9548 for more information.

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