Extended Play

by Jordan Green

The big news this week in the Gate City is that tickets for the Avett Brothers’ Sept. 15 show at Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium are now on sale. Every once in a while our city-subsidized entertainment complex presents something truly worthy of our local culture. The Washington Post may have best described the Concord band’s sound when they called the Avetts’ music “post-Civil War modern rock.” And now for the current week: Anonymous 4 performs at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium in Greensboro as part of the esteemed Eastern Music Festival on Wednesday. The pride of the Piedmont Triad’s post-emo rock crop, AKA the boys of Sullivan, return to Greene Street on Wednesday to promote their new CD, Cover Your Eyes, on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by Far-Less, After the Tragedy and Down on Luck. The Eastern Music Festival Orchestra performs Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto at Dana Auditorium on Thursday. The same night, Texas country-boogie merchant Lee Roy Parnell, occupies the EMF Fringe Series slot at Triad Stage. Down the interstate in Winston-Salem at Ziggy’s on Thursday, DMX heads up a rap pack of Punch & Dustin, Diezel, Casino, Aspect and Rowdee Method. Also on Thursday, a DIY (translation: do it yourself) rock scene takes form at Triad Community Church in High Point, with Cool Hand Luke, A Clerestory and Good Day Hayden. The next evening Rob Massengale Band performs at the Friendly Center in Greensboro. “His name means music” is Massengale’s slogan, and his group comfortably spans the distance between big band and beach music. Also on Friday, 12-year-old prodigy Carolyn Kuan plays Mendelssohn as part of a further installment of the Eastern Music Festival at Dana Auditorium on July 20. Don’t tell me there’s nothing to do in Greensboro on a Friday night. Sin Tax, Little Mascara and Red Lipstick Society share the bill with poet Jenny Maness at Two Art Chicks. Sin Tax’s David McLean describes the evening as “six rock chicks of different generations plus one poetry chick.” The ages of the collective women range from the twenties to the fifties. Miami’s Tiempo Libre should be heating up the dance floor at the Empire Ballroom, again as part of the EMF Fringe Festival. Last but not least, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill make a stop on their “Soul2Soul” tour at the Greensboro Coliseum. Here are the notables for Saturday night: Citified plays the Flatiron in Greensboro. Old Southern Moonshine Revival opens for Reckless Kelly at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem. Also in Camel City, Rose’s Pawnshop (Appalachian foot-stomping music via LA) and Batadoce play the Garage. It may sound like a hoax but it’s not: The best damn rock and roll band going, that is the Drive-By Truckers, play the parking lot of Old Town Draught House in Greensboro on Sunday. The same night, keyboardist Bruce Hornsby will play a solo concert at Dana Auditorium. He’s the primary draw for the Eastern Music Festival. If those two acts are too old-school for your tastes, then turn your attention to Fear Before the March of Flames, 65 Days of Static, YouInSeries and This Will Destroy You at Greene Street. Finally, Martha Bassett & the Camel City Swingers dazzle Triad Stage on Tuesday to cap off this music week’s EMF Fringe Festival.