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by Jordan Green

There comes a time when every serious musician must bring his art down to the most basic level of function. And that means entertaining children – an audience with a bullcrap detector a mile wide that is capable of letting loose when the joyous and chaotic impulse truly strikes. Chuck Folds is just the man for the job. Folds is working the children’s music circuit these days in an outfit called Big Bang Boom that also includes Steve Williard and Eddie Walker. The pacing is a little more elastic than the pop-rock projects Folds has previously been associated with, and the vocals allow for a little adolescent warble. Take the attitude of the Village People and marry it to the musicality of Paul Simon’s Graceland and you get the picture. The party goes kind of like this: “We’re gonna jump and shout/ Your underwear is inside out/ Don’t put boogers in your mouth/ Someone’s gonna throw you out… Big bang boom is here, we’re gonna start the party.” You can catch them at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday at 3 p.m. That’s right, a mid-afternoon gig. The big kids can belly up to the bar while the tots rock. Also Wednesday, Sir James Galway, AKA “the man with the golden flute,” and Lady Jeanne Galway (also a flutist) perform at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium as part of the Eastern Music Festival. The next night at Triad Stage, the Waybacks will hold down the “fringe” section of the festival. From Thursday through Sunday a battle of the bands is going down at Ziggy’s, y’all. The Friendly Center’s weekly Friday confab in the parking lot features the WonderWall Band this week. They cover the Beatles and select other British Invasion bands. The EMF Fringe show for the night is the Mammals at Triad Stage. A couple blocks north on Elm Street Sleeping Booty will be “funkatizing” the planet known as the N Club. In Winston-Salem on Friday, Ear Pwr, Future Islands and Eagle Ager are scheduled to massage the senses at the Werehouse. And outside of Silk Hope, the Shakori Hills festival’s off-season Moonlight Music and Dance Series showcases Brenda Linton on the Grove Stage. Also, a little hike outside of the urban Triad, the proud High Point cover band known as Dirty Surprise will be playing the Boat Dock in Lexington on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the Eastern Music Festival continues with pianist Barry Douglas performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Dana Auditorium. Switching over to the fringe, and giving Chuck Folds a run for his money, Tish Hinojosa plays music from her children’s album at Triad Stage. Also in Greensboro, the Greensboro Recording Collective holds a benefit concert at Two Art Chicks on July 28 with Saurus, Fist Fight and Pinnepeds. Proceeds support the non-profit collective recording studio, which provides low-cost recording services for area artists and musicians. The same night, catch the Late Shift, a classic rock and roll band that includes Market America budget analyst Randy Bishop, at Finley’s in High Point. Fresh from taking first place in Country Music TV’s “Big Break” in a regional competition held at Asheville’s Orange Peel, Woody Wood and his band bring their brand of “soulful mountain rock” to the Garage in Winston-Salem on Saturday. Conscious hip-hop eminence Talib Kweli closes the month at Ziggy’s with DJ Chaps.

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