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by Jordan Green

The Shakori HillsGrassroots Festival of Music & Dance in Chatham County this weekenddraws ample talent from across the state, putting to work such notablesas Bruce Piephoff, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the Mantras. As a fringebenefit, a handful of out-of-town acts are picking up additional gigsin quality venues around the Triad; they include Chris Barron,Paleface, Scythian and Sol’Jibe. First, let me mention thatManhattan resident and Nashville transplant Steve Earle appears atGreensboro’s Carolina Theatre with special guest and wife AllisonMoorer on Wednesday. Thursday marks the first day of mightyShakori Hills. Here’s the lineup: hosts Donna the Buffalo with newmember and former Greensboro resident Dave McCracken on keyboards,Dubconscious, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Laura Reed& Deep Pocket, Michael Holland & Big Fat Gap, Paleface, the NewFamiliars and the Mantras. Friday’s lineup includes ArrestedDevelopment, Cyril Lance with Jeff Sipe & Johnny Neel, the AllenBoys, the Hackensaw Boys, Justin Townes Earle (yes, second-generationtroubadour after papa Steve), Keith Secola & the Wild Band ofIndians, Sol’Jibe and Valorie Miller. Saturday’s lineup includesthe Allen Boys, Big Fat Gap, Bombadil, Chris Barron, Cyril Lance withJeff Sipe & Johnny Neel, Donna the Buffalo, Holy Ghost TentRevival, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Keith Secola &the Band of Wild Indians, the Never, Richie Havens, Scythian,Stephanie’s Id and Valorie Miller. Sunday’s lineup includesBruce Piephoff and band, Chatham County Line, Donna the Buffalo, KeithFrank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Kelley & the Cowboys, Scythianand Tres Chicas. Organist Janette Fishell performs a workcommissioned by Greensboro composer Jack Jarrett in honor ofGreensboro’s bicentennial at Christ United Methodist Church with thecombined choirs of Christ United Methodist Church, StarmountPresbyterian Church and First Lutheran Church on Friday. TonyDrake, a blind, autistic and white blues guitar phenom from Tennesseediscovered by local producer Roy Roberts, makes his Triad debut at ZionBar & Grille in Greensboro on Friday, while Flo Rida performsdowntown at the N Club. Also in Greensboro on Friday, catch OldSouthern Moonshine Revival at Greene Street, and the New Familiars andPaleface at the Blind Tiger. In advance of his Shakori Hillsgig, Chris Barron & the Time Bandits play the Garage inWinston-Salem on Friday with guest Suitcase, while the jazzy, acousticduo Moodswingz appears at Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge. The RenaePaige Trio entertains at Harrison’s in High Point on Saturday, whileSouthern rock band SwampdaWamp at a Rider’s Oasis, formerly the MetalRebel, in Winston-Salem. The Lee Boys and Anonymous share billing at the Blind Tiger on Saturday, and Substentz plays Cooper’s Ale House. LeeTyler Post, described as "a soulful rock poet" from the Asheville area,plays Bistro 150 on Saturday. Back in Winston-Salem, catch 44 Love,Delta Drift, Tater and Wink Kezieh at the Garage on Saturday. Friendswill hold a benefit concert for Cesar Oviedo, who is recovering fromquintuple bypass surgery, at the Blind Tiger on Sunday, April 20.Featured acts include World Beat Orchestra, West End Mambo, the AllisonKing Band, Tornado, Kristy Jackson and Braco. Also on Sundayin Greensboro, the Everybodyfields and Allen Thompson play at the lakeat Guilford College, and Mr. Rozzi throws a listening party for his newCD at Iguana’s. Fresh from Shakori Hills, Nevada’s Sol’Jibeturns up at the Garage on April 22, while Scythian and 6 Day Benderappear at the Blind Tiger. Also on April 22, Jen Chapin plays a benefitfor Greensboro Urban Ministry at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro.

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