Robert Cray’s first album dropped in 1978, but it wasn’t until 1986’s Strong Persuader that the post-boomer bluesman really started attracting notice. Since then, he’s toiled in obscurity, so almost three decades into his career it’s probably safe to call him a veteran. The blues persuader will grace Furniture City with a performance at High Point Theatre on Oct. 18, according to JamBase.com. A representative of the theater contacted by our publisher by phone did not deny the engagement, but as of this writing the venue has posted no information about the gig on its website. The Lake Eden Arts Festival, held twice a year at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, displays no such reservations. The festival, known by its acronym LEAF, will be held on Oct. 19-21. Who exactly shows up at these festivals besides retired hippies and our graphic designer, Kenny Lindsay? People with more money and time than us poor working stiffs, we surmise. Then again, you’d have to be crazy to resist temptation with a lineup like this: Fishbone, Doc Watson & Richard Watson, Henry Butler, Les Nubians and Tony Trischka. Moving to the week at hand that begins the dog days of August, the Young Immortals, Brazil’s Diafanes, our own Electromatic and Defying Belief play Greene Street on Wednesday. The Dallas Reese Band does the honors at the Friendly Center for “Friendly Friday Melodies.” Later in the evening, Evoka celebrates the release of its first CD, Cries From the Castlegame Empire, at Greene Street with Columbia recording artist Ours, Paulson and Josh Moore. In Winston-Salem on Friday, Original P (refugees from George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic) play Ziggy’s. The Shakori Hills’ Moonlight Music and Dance Series at the Grove Stage outside of Silk Hope features Memphis the Band, also on Friday. Saturday brings the Garage’s Shock the Block showcase in Winston-Salem with a bill that includes Ironhead, the Dead Kings, Last of the V8s, Automaniac, Graveyard Boulevard and Queen Anne’s Revenge. Highly recommended. The same night the Bronzed Chorus takes the stage at the Werehouse. These two young men from Guilford County include a guitar player who makes his instrument sound like an ethereal space organ and a drummer of unrivaled power. They’ll be joined by Kebert Xela and Hi Ho. The Pranksters and Rural Sofisticates pay tribute to Jerry Garcia at Ziggy’s, also on Saturday. Aug. 5 brings a package show to Greene Street pairing Greensboro bands the Get Down Sequence, Perestroyka and Snitch (described as “Christian punk” – I can’t judge their religiosity but I’m not sure I can concur with the latter half of their formulation) with Washington, DC’s Danger Radio, southern California’s Metro Station, Florida’s We the Kings and Raleigh’s Sunshine Attack. On Aug. 7 Guru Jazzmatazz arrives at Ziggy’s. The MC from Gang Starr who pioneered the bebop-to-hip hop merger in the early ’90s is pushing his new disc, Streetsoul, featuring guest turns with guests ranging from Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Les Nubians and the Roots.
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