Ryan Adams, the heartbreak troubadour from Jacksonville (home of the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune) drops his new album, Easy Tiger, on Tuesday. It’s been about a decade now since Adams was flying the alt-country flag high for North Carolina with Whiskeytown. Now, it seems, he’s more comfortable in Nashville or New York than Raleigh. No mention of North Carolina tour stops on Adams’ website even though it’s apparent that he has many loyal fans here.
Greensboro is in the midst of the Eastern Music Festival. As part of the festival’s Fringe series, Klezmer Madness plays Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium on Wednesday. EMF’s centerpiece classical programming begins in earnest on Thursday with a performance by the Festival Symphonic Winds, conducted by Robert Moody, also at Dana Auditorium.
Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman plays Bach at Dana Auditorium on Friday, and Beethoven at Dana Auditorium on Saturday.
On Friday, Old Southern Moonshine Revival and Holy Ghost Tent Revival join forces under one big tent at Greene Street on Friday.
And the musical pickings are ample at other venues around Greensboro on Friday, with the rock cover band Streetfeet playing “Friendly Friday Melodies” at the Friendly Center, the effervescent original power-pop band Stratocruiser playing “Friday at Five” at the Kress Building, and Emma Leigh and Bradford Reaves performing at Center City Park.
None of that will matter to you if you’re a hip-hop fan. It probably isn’t necessary to mention that the hip-hop event of the year in Greensboro is 102 JAMZ’s SuperJam at Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. The confirmed lineup is Yung Joc, Omarion, Crime Mob, New York’s MIMS and Rich Boy from down in Mobile, Ala.
Kicking off the week of Fourth of July festivities, First Horizon Park puts on a Shaggin’ Fun Beach Music Festival on Saturday, featuring Shaggie Maggie, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Jim Quick & Coastline and Robert Lee Smith & the Original Tams. Among these acts are members of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, and a winner and nominee for the Carolina Beach Music Awards.
Greensboro’s Fun Fourth Festival begins on July 1 with the Alley Rabbits, the New Familiars and Bruce Piephoff and friends regaling the crowd at the Blandwood Mansion. On July 3, the festival continues with a block party featuring the Phase Band and the Part-Time Party Time Band. Revisit this space next week for the full line-up for all seven downtown stages on July 4.
Kevin Hemphill & the Nightbirds play the Blind Tiger on July 1.
On July 3, Bowling for Soup will be at the N Club.
Two Cow Garage and guests 44 Love play the Garage in Winston-Salem on July 3 as part of the “Catch A Rising Star” series.
And Concrete Evidence does its patriotic duty by kicking off the Independence Day celebration on July 3 and 4 at the Boat Dock Beach Club in Lexington.