All killer, no filler. Which is to say, no (or at least minimal) extraneous commentary from yours truly.
Folk rocker Kris Ferris performs at Center City Park in Greensboro around the noon hour on Wednesday. Winston-Salem honky-tonk heroes the bo-stevens play the Music at Twilight series in Kernersville on Thursday. Melissa Reaves and the Pack AD show up at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Thursday. The Eastern Music Festival’s Fringe series spotlights the everybodyfields at Triad Stage in Greensboro on Thursday, while Chris Barron & the Time Bandits work out at the Blind Tiger. FloydFest goes down just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Va. from Thursday through Sunday, July 27. Here’s the lineup from top to bottom: Rusted Root, Amos Lee, Oliver Mtudkudzi, Railroad Earth, Tea Leaf Green, the David Grisman Quintet, the Avett Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, the Speckers, Crooked Still, Chatham County Line, the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jamie McLean, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, Blueground Undergrass, New Monsoon, Tony Trischka & Double Banjo Bluegrass, Golem, DJ Williams Projekt, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Sound, Nation Beat, Gokh-Bi System, Cadillac Sky, the Superpowers, Blue Mule, Bombadil, Midnight Ramblers, Mac & Jenny Traynham, Elizabeth Laprelle, Frank Newsome, Gold Heart, Ron Short, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, No Speed Limit, Musicians From the Crooked Road and Adam Larkey & Mountain Time. Power-pop exemplar Stratocruiser plays a free show at Love That Music Store in downtown Kernersville at 6 p.m. on Friday. Main Street is currently closed for a water main replacement. Singer Clay Howard , a man who knows his way around a press release, states, “We are playing this show to draw attention to the fact that these establishments are, indeed, open, despite the appearance a closed road presents. As a resident of Kernersville, I recognize the importance a thriving downtown can have on our local economy.” Anonymous achieves notoriety at the Raven in Burlington on Friday. The WonderWall Band does the honors at the Friendly Center in Greensboro on Friday. Concertgoers are asked to bring canned goods to donate to Second Harvest. EMF Fringe features Trombone Shorty Andrews & Orleans Avenue at Triad Stage on Friday. One block to the west, Artistic Theory perform at Renaissance Jazz CafÃ©. Four hip-hop acts change the paradigm at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Friday: Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Ignite & Imagery and Seven. The following night sees Twin City’s most consistent original live music venue return to somewhat regular programming with 220 Short, Caveman Theory and the Crap Rock All Stars. Not live at all, but absolutely classic: Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the Band’s final hurrah, The Last Waltz screens at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Making their own history, Old Stone Revue enacts the age-old ritual of music at the Blind Tiger, while the Seth Walker Band plugs in at Triad Stage for EMF Fringe. Silver Bullet plays a free show at JP Looney’s in Greensboro on Saturday. Elvis impersonator Rick Alviti performs at the Paramount Theater in Burlington on Saturday, while Greenville’s Parmalee and the Bryan Windsor Band bring events up to the present at the Raven. Bruce Piephoff returns to the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro on Sunday, July 27, and the Garage showcases Tim Easton on July 29.