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by Jordan Green

The big news thisweek – just in case you live in a cave or somehow missed the boat onBeatlemania – is the Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem. We’ve gota cover story about it this week, so you don’t need to turn to me forthe details. There are a couple rad Independence Day shows, butotherwise it’s a light week. Apparently, musicians and club owners liketo take some time off for holidays too. Also, significantly, Elliott’sRevue in Winston-Salem has taken a summer break on booking shows, andGarage owner Richard Emmett is getting busy with the Eastern MusicFestival Fringe series. Before we get down to business, let’sget some housekeeping out of the way. The NC Songwriters Co-op is nowaccepting entries for its 11th Annual Songwriting Contest. If you claimmembership in this dubious profession, visit ncsongwriters.org for thedetails. Big Daddy Love gets in the building at the Blind Tiger on Thursday. WaferThin, who are expected to release a new album later this year, lists aThursday show at the Garage in Winston-Salem, but the venue websitemakes no mention. I’ll pass on an old journalism adage: If you’re mamasays she loves you, double-check it. Over in Burlington, theboys from Instant Jones – otherwise known as Velvet Underground on theHaw – exorcise their demons at the Raven on Thursday. The lineupis short at the Mebane Fourth of July Family Festival, and it reflectsthe landlocked Piedmont’s obsession with beach music. Ladies andgentleman, please welcome Jim Quick & the Coastline. Back atthe Raven, patriotic honors go to Jonas Sees in Color for the July 4festivities. With explosive stage presence, due respect for theirpunk-rock roots, an unabashed love of pop music and an upbeat focus onfriendship and camaraderie, they’re making a play for the top of theheap. Along more classical lines, pianist Christina Dahl joinsconductor José-Luis Novo and guest conductor David Lockington for aperformance of works by Copland, Diamond, Gershwin and Tchaikovsky atGuilford College’s Dana Auditorium on July 4. The performance is partof the ongoing Eastern Music Festival. Bringing together twogenerations, the Carter Brothers and the Radials join forces to providethe soundtrack to the holiday cookout at the Blind Tiger in Greensboroon Friday. The Carter Brothers are Jamestown’s gift to Nashville, andthey bring maverick tendencies to that industry town. The Radials fromGreensboro summon the ghosts of Bakersfield, playing a brand of countrymusic that hasn’t found favor in Nashville at least since Dwight Yoakamwas hitting the charts. Goodnight Man, an ambitious group ofyoung men from Winston-Salem who play something called"indie-rock-gospel" appear at the Werehouse on Friday with fellowCancer City residents Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets and City ofMedicine rockers Red Collar. Look alive: the Copperhood Grilland Sports Bar in High Point hosts the Subterranean Bums on Saturday.The nucleus of the band is Jack David Carter and James Marshall Owen,and their music is something of an emerging genre around these parts,what might be called "garage Americana." With a few rough demos, a lotof heart and some interesting ideas, this band might not be around inexactly the same incarnation a few years from now but I’ll wager we’llbe hearing a lot more from them. Durham’s Hobex, purveyors ofclassic soul – think Al Green and Shuggie Otis – do the honors atSummer on Trade in Winston-Salem on Saturday. The Jack Russell Band invokes the spirit at Christ Wesleyan Church in Greensboro on July 6. TheSubterranean Bums return on July 8, this time at the Blind Tiger andwith company, sharing the bill with Eating the Invaders.

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