The music comes fast and furious this month, as weekend festivals stack on top of art-gallery rock shows and hip-hop club scenes, leading up to Greensboro’s monster rap show.
102 JAMZ announces that Super Jam X has booked Young Jeezy, Lloyd and DJ Unk at the Greensboro Coliseum on June 29.
Starting Wednesday, the “Back 2 Basics Beat Battle” hits Greene Street.
The same night the downtown indie rock scene shines at Two Art Chicks with Wolverines, Daniel Striped Tiger and Tarantuloco.
Going roots, Holy Ghost Tent Revival throws a last-century jamboree at the Blind Tiger on Thursday.
On Friday, friends of Casey Bokhoven, the 26-year-old chef killed by WXII TV anchor Tolly Carr in a drunken driving accident, will raise money for his memorial fund at Greene Street. “Casey’s life was dominated by his love for music: indie, punk, hardcore, old emo (think Braid, Mineral etc.) and metal,” a MySpace site set up for the benefit reads. Helping to honor Bokhoven and raise awareness about the horrific consequences of drunken driving will be the Forecast from Peoria, the Verdict, Down to Earth Approach, the Charter North and Josh Moore.
“Friendly Friday Melodies” at the Friendly Center showcases Soul Central, featuring Jay-Bird.
Over in Winston-Salem, Scott Miller & the
Commonwealth have the Friday-night slot at the Garage.
The lineup for Creation Skatepark in Kernersville on Friday includes Forever, the Sickest Kids, Farewell, Upper Class Trash and Yearling. Death Before Dishonor, Black My Heart and Colin of Arabia play Saturday.
Twin City RibFest, presented by Triad impresario and Hippo publisher Allen McDavid, will be held in Winston-Salem on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s festivities are billed as “mad music,” with the all-state act Bombadil sharing the bill with Asheville’s Mad Tea Party and the Asylum Street Spankers of Austin, Texas – possibly the most raucous acoustic band going these days.
Friday’s RibFest relies on a beach music theme, with Scearce & Ketner, the Craig Woolard Band and the Red Elvises providing the entertainment.
Looneypalooza, the annual fest hosted by Arc of High Point – a local chapter of the state service provider for people with long-term developmental disabilities – goes country this year. Topping the bill is Greensboro’s hardest working woman in country, Lisa Dames. Also featured are Trinity native Donna Hughes, Winston-Salem honky-tonkers the Bo Stevens, and Chad & Kristi Gaines, who anchor the house band at Liberty Showcase.
Saturday at the Garage will be something of a grab bag with the punkish Tommygun sharing the bill with Athens, Ga. Southern rock champions Mother Jackson and the debonair Goosedown.
Back at the skate park in Kernersville on Monday, Life In Your Way, Our Last Night and A Bridge Called Life keep the adolescents occupied.
Tuesdays at the Blind Tiger used to be billed as “funk night,” but every serious aficionado always knew it was all about hip hop. Such is still the case on June 19, with DJ SK spinning and Ed E. Ruger and Ill Po sharing MC duties.