Extended Play

by Jordan Green

The perfect Piedmontspring seems to have dented the volume of live music offerings of late.The cold and wet season when cabin fever funneled restless Triadiansinto the bars and music halls is long gone, and the summer festivalseason is just getting started. Though choices are more limited thanusual this week, that’s not to say there isn’t something going on tosuit every ear, from big-ticket R&B and local folk to scrappy rockand roll and offbeat touring bands. We may as well start withKris Ferris, a local songwriter and guitar player, who serenades theoffice lunch crowd at Center City Park in Greensboro on Wednesday. TheWednesday night rock show at Greene Street is all over the map, bothstylistically and geographically. Let’s start at the top of the billand run it down. PlayRadioPlay! from Fort Worth, Texas could beclassified as indie/electro/pop, but they call it "straight-edgesoft-core"; Dropping Daylight is a fairly standard sounding alt-rockgroup from Minneapolis. Likewise for Washington’s You, Me and EveryoneWe Know, though they tend more to the pop side. Greensboro’s Ailynedeftly incorporates electronica into a young man’s rock game, whileRaleigh’s a Clerestory pull off the kind of gorgeous pop anthems thatmany bands would kill for. Songs of Water, a relatively newGreensboro group that interweaves global musical styles into a largelyacoustic, instrumental skein, shows up at the Garage in Winston-Salemon Thursday, where they’ll be joined by Melissa Reaves from Boone. Occasionally,the N Club pulls through with a really big of show on the strength ofits relationship with the House of Blues booking juggernaut. Friday’sone of those night. Delbert McClinton, the Texas country-souljourneyman who taught John Lennon how to blow harp, comes to town. Histune "Giving It Up for Your Love" may just be the most ubiquitous partysong. On the other side of our metro region, Caleb Caudle& the Bayonets, Paul Curreri and American Gun share the stage atthe Garage on Friday, while ArgoLola, Cold Hands and Sugar in the Dirtare billed at Elliott’s Revue. The Werehouse in Winston-Salem goes metal on Friday with Body Soil, Tooth and Horsefang. Saturday, catch the Renae Paige Trio at Harrison’s in High Point. Legendsof Beach headline the Shaggin’ Beach Music Festival at NewBridge BankPark in Greensboro on Saturday, with Shaggie Maggie, the FantasticShakers and Band of Oz rounding out the bill. Erykah Badu,friendly contender with Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill (if she’s still inthe game) for the title of queen of neo-soul, presides with organichip-hop standard-bearers the Roots at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. SallySpring & the Ted Lyons Experience, Chris O’Brien and the Tim Lee 3show up at the Garage on Saturday, while Charlotte’s Lindy Dobbins& the Red Velvet Manx work out at Elliott’s Revue. The music continues at the Garage on May 18, when the Von Ehrics from Texas set up house. Then,on May 20, the Dexter Romweber Duo shows up at the Garage for a rareTriad appearance. Underground icon Dexter Romweber was the frontman of"psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo" Flat Duo jets, and starredalongside REM and the B-52s in the 1987 documentary Athens, Ga. InsideOut. The duo’s other half is sibling Sara Romweber, formerly of Let’sActive and Snatches of Pink. Dexter is the subject of the documentaryTwo-Headed Cow, and the recipient of testimonials from Jack White, NekoCase, Cat Power and Exene Cervenka. Dig.