Extended Play

by Jordan Green

The Aggie Alumni Homecoming Concert at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center on Oct. 10 features En Vogue and Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band. We on the editorial board of YES! Weekly are old enough to feel generational affinity with En Vogue’s “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” and we appreciate the Gap Band’s “You Dropped the Bomb on Me” on a level that surpasses ironic nostalgia. Of course, the big room is reserved for the current student body and its peer group. The Student Government Association presents Young Jeezy, T-Pain, Shawty Lo, Plies and Rick Ross. Tickets went on sale Aug. 27. Visit for more information. Clay Howard and Benjy Johnson play a lunchtime concert at Center City Park in Greensboro on Wednesday. Blues jams happen all over the Triad. The first one for this cycle goes down at the Clubhouse in Greensboro on Wednesday. Hot Politics plays at Muse Restaurant at the Friendly Center in Greensboro on Thursday in a benefit for the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, while Nebraska’s Chiara String Quartet performs at Mack & Mack Clothing Store in Greensboro as part of the EMF Fringe series. Steel drummer Tracy Thornton plays one of his regular gigs at Steak Street in High Point on Friday. Leon Russell — long, flowing white hair, sunglasses, suit, ivory-tickling proclivities and all — appears at Greene Street with Medusa Stone on Friday. Next door at the Renaissance Jazz Café, Solcetfre Project holds court. Over on Elm Street, the N Club breaks out hip hop and R&B with Ty Bru, MTTS, Matt-E-Rich, St. Francis, Frank White, Kaveman, Jae Blacc, OJ, Big Twin Gambino, Tattoo Nitty, Littles, Christopher Terrell, Wee-Wop and Dirty Den. A couple doors down, the Ladies Auxiliary throw down the blues at Churchill’s. Still further down the inebriated boulevard, New York’s Stephanie Nilles joins Michael Wagner of New Orleans at the Green Bean. Over on High Point Road, Ailyne, Sent By Ravens, the Valkyrie and Ocean Is Theory surface at Café Jam. On to Winston-Salem: Old Stone Revue and Big Daddy Love work out of the Garage on Friday, and Brother Reade rocks the mic at the Werehouse. Folksinger Aimee Mann appears at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Saturday. Wonder if John Galt, the Gate City resident who won her YouTube video contest for his production of “Freeway,” will be on hand? Also on Saturday in the Gate, Thacker Dairy Road plays the Blind Tiger; Come What May, Arise the Rider and God’s Offspring convene at Café Jam; the Greensboro Circus of Poetry goes down at Festival Park with Logie Meachum, Ron Johnson, Shut Down, Ritmos Peruanos, the Ember*Ellas, Ashlee Ramsey and DJ Koolaide. Over in the Twin City on Saturday, Memphis the Band, Vel Indica and Strange Faces show up at the Garage, while a Cosmonaut’s Ruin, Worn in Red and Columns appear at the Werehouse. The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society Blues Challenge for solo artists takes place at the Flatiron in Greensboro on Sunday, Sept. 7, and Club Rain brings on metal to lacerate tender eardrums with Knives Exchanging Hands, WrestledaBearOnce, a Stained Glass Romance, Fastest Kid in the 5th Grade, xHonorx and We Live After the Fight. And more blues: a jam at Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro on Sept. 7, and one at the Red Lion in High Point on Sept. 8.