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by Jordan Green

Hold onto yourhats: Several festivals and Greensboro heritage commemorations arecross-promoting events. There’s a feast at hand. On Wednesday,vocal ensemble Bel Canto Co. holds its second day of auditions at theUNCG School of Music. E-mail Jeffrey Carlson atjcarlson@belcantocompany.com for more information. The PiedmontJazz & Blues Festival continues on Wednesday with a performance byCle Thompson at Mack and Mack in Greensboro, while Rick Allred performsa free noon concert at the Shops at Friendly Center. The rooftopat Greene Street in Greensboro will be the site of a benefit to covertravel costs to the Cannes Film Festival for the makers of the shortfilm "JoBeth" on Wednesday, featuring Mark Kano, Mike Garrigan, EvanOlson, Chris Carroll, Patrick Rock and Walrus. Our editor, BrianClarey, wrote the screenplay, and you can bet he plans to be at Cannes. TheGreensboro Symphony, featuring Peter Coyote and pianist PedjaMuzijevic, appears at War Memorial Auditorium on Thursday. For therecord, this event is being promoted by ArtBeat Greensboro. Bluesmaven Priscilla Price shows up at the Greensboro Cultural Center onThursday as part of the ongoing Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival. Facefirst takes the stage at the Blind Tiger on Thursday. OldStone Revue celebrates the release of its new CD, Heirloom, with helpfrom Sarah White & the Pearls at the Garage in Winston-Salem onThursday, and Jay Clifford from Jump Little Children accompanies StevenFiore at the Werehouse. On Friday, the Vesties play at Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem. Backin Greensboro, Pedja Muzijevic reprises at the UNCG School of MusicRecital Hall on Friday, and local bluesman Roy Roberts performs atFestival Park in downtown Greensboro as part of the Piedmont Jazz &Blues Festival. Friday also finds Skillet at Greensboro’s War MemorialAuditorium and Cassidy at the Special Events Center. House of Foolsheadlines Greene Street on Friday, and the band will also back JoshMoore. The bill also includes Native Sound, Defying Belief and DavidSpencer. Rounding out the night in Greensboro, Renae Paige sings at J Butler’s Bar and Grill. InWinston-Salem on Friday, Tommy Womack, Terry Anderson & the OlympicAss Kicking Team and Quarry Hill share billing at the Garage. TheCarolina Blues Festival, sponsored by YES! Weekly, rolls out atFestival Park in Greensboro on Saturday. (See cover package on page 10.) Meanwhile,the Greensboro Symphony returns to War Memorial Auditorium with PeterCoyote and pianist Pedja Muzijevic, the Brooks Wood Band turns up atGreene Street and Fooling Betty plays Cooper’s Ale House. The TriadYouth Jazz Society Festival, featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalishas been postponed, most likely because of its unfortunate schedulingagainst the Carolina Blues Festival. The City of the Arts JazzFestival at Reagan High School in Pfafftown features trumpeter RyanKisor, UNCG Jazz Band I and more than a dozen academic bands onSaturday, while Hope For Agoldensummer, the Baker Family Band and Cakesof Light appear at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem. Also in Cancer Cityon Saturday, catch Selah Dub at Elliott’s Revue and "Tres del Sleaze"featuring Silver Bullet, Gojira X, Easybake, the Flat Tires and theMalamondos at the Garage. Renae Paige pops up again at Harrison’s in High Point on Saturday. March 4 finds the University Band & Symphonic Band at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium as ArtBeat Greensboro concludes. Wrapping it up with the low-end boogie, Carolina Clearwater plays the Blind Tiger on May 6.

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