Fast and furious, short and sweet, brevity is the soul of wit and all those other clichÃ©s… The Don Kristy Louis Band performs a lunchtime concert at the Shops at Friendly Center in Greensboro from on Wednesday, while Steve Williard and Chuck Folds grace the mid day meal at Greensboro’s Center City Park in on the same day. The ban is lifted, and the punkers return to Nate’s Place on Spring Garden Street west of UNCG for a CD release party held by Queen Anne’s Revenge, with the Leeves joining the fun. Country Dan, regular host of the Wednesday open mic at the Garage in Winston-Salem, brings along his son Nate this time around. A student at Eastman School of Music, Nate will be playing drums. The evening is divided roughly 50-50 between a family performance and open mic. The Dot Matrix Project crops up again on Thursday — as always at the Green Burro in Greensboro. Tom Beardsley, steel player for the Radials, does his solo thing this time around, sharing the stage with Boone alt-country kickers Possum Jenkins.
Florida’s Lee Boys, a band well known to audiences at the Blind Tiger that specializes in steel music — sacred and otherwise — turns up for the EMF Fringe series at Triad Stage on Thursday. Some local talent, Soul Central featuring Jay-Bird thrills ’em at the Friendly Center in Greensboro on Friday. Concertgoers are asked to bring canned goods for Second Harvest. The pop-rockit bill at Greene Street on Friday includes Mercy Mercedes, Ailyne, August and Aloretta, while the most updated report indicates Solcetfre Project will appear next door at Club Renaissance. Call ahead to confirm. Asheville soul queen Laura Reed and her band, Deep Pocket, return to the Blind Tiger on Friday. If you dig simmering, organic funk with shades of Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin but positive vibes more reminiscent of, say, Donna the Buffalo, you probably want to be there. EMF Fringe continues Friday at Triad Stage with Chicago blues purveyors the Carl Weathersby Band. Invisible, the kinetic Greensboro indie-funk band that bears the distinction of introducing the Selectric typewriter-piano to the world of music, appears at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on Friday. The Selectric player herself, Jodi Staley, will be there following a hiatus. Selectric appears again on Saturday at the Hive in Greensboro with poet Clement Mallory and Basalt for a benefit to raise money for the Hive. Don Dixon (famed member of the defunct Arrogance and producer), appears at the Garage on Friday with his band, the Jump Rabbits. Sharing the bill is Jeffrey Dean Foster (equally famed as an alumnus of ’80s alt-country forerunners the Right Profile) and his band, the Birds of Prey. On Saturday, can catch the B-String All Stars at Summer on Trade in Winston-Salem. Right around the corner, back at the Garage, Irata and St. Peter’s Pocket Veto share the bill on Saturday. EMF Fringe features the Flat River Band at Triad Stage on Saturday, while Old Southern Moonshine Revival and the ever-more-amazing Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets double up at Greene Street on Saturday. Embarassing Fruits (Chapel Hill kids metastasizing their art in Greensboro) release their EP The First Time — an ode to summertime — on Trekky Records on Aug. 5.