Extended Play

by Jordan Green

We grow American Idols like it’s the state crop around here, with Guilford County itself producing two. I hope I don’t have to tell you their names. While none of the top 10 finalists for the 2007 season hail from the Tar Heel State, I’m betting local fans will eat it up anyway.

The finalists – Blake Lewis, Chris Sligh, Chris Richardson, Gina Glocksen, Haley Scarnato, Jordin Sparks, Lakisha Jones, Melinda Doolittle, Phil Stacey and Sanjaya Malakar – make their only North Carolina appearance at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sept. 11.

Tickets are on sale now.

Three graduate students at UNCG have been awarded $19,000 from the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts in Las Vegas. If you’re like me, you didn’t know such a thing existed.

The late Walter Valentino Liberace may have epitomized flamboyance during his career, but his foundation created the Liberace Trio with a grant described by UNCG’s press office as supporting “chamber music performance at the highest levels.”

The scholarship recipients and current Liberace Trio members are violinist Julianne Odahowski, cellist Anne Berry and pianist Radha Mundkur. Congratulations to all three.

Speaking of musical excellence in Trojanland, the UNCG Jazz Ensemble’s Tribute to Miles Davis has won its third Blue Chip CD award from Jazz Education Journal. The accomplished group played in the spring with Max Weinberg and John Scofield.

So, here’s the rundown for the upcoming music week.

Athens, Ga. reggae group Dubconscious opens for Capelton at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Wednesday night. The next night YES! Weekly favorite Old Southern Moonshine Revival will warm up the crowd for Jason Michael Carroll at the very same esteemed music showcase.

Martina McBride opens the first proper month of summer at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem on Friday. After hitting a creative wall, the Nashville diva is back with her ninth studio release, Waking Up Laughing. Just a hop and skip down Baity Street, Atlanta’s Perpetual Groove will be rockin’ Ziggy’s, and on West 7th Street, the Alternative Champs, the Saving Graces, Andy Freakin’ Mabe and the Westside Daredevils will be delivering a night of quirky pop rock.

I know, I know… we’re running heavy on Camel City rock here, but our sister metropolis to the west is sometimes more original and exciting. You should head over to check it out sometime. Saturday, then, brings London-based indie-rock group Bloc Party with supporting acts the Noisettes, the Macabees and Hello Tokyo to the Millennium Center. More low rent but no less exciting will be Brooklyn’s Andy Friedman & the Other Failures with Belews Creek’s Joe Blevins and Paul Curreri at the Garage the same night.

Finally, in Greensboro, singer-songwriter Rodie Ray plays the Green Bean on Saturday.

The signal event of the week might be Lil Mikey Roohan’s album release party with Crap Rock All Stars and Key of Three at the Clubhouse on June 5. Roohan’s “Jerking Off Tonight,” featured on his Myspace site, is the kind of garage pop Elvis Costello might have made early in his career if he’d possessed less artistry and sophistication.

The same night Daughtry will appear Ziggy’s. You guessed it: Sold out.