Shakori Hills, the pastoral roots arts festival in rural Chatham County, has nailed down the lineup for its Oct. 11-14 fall fete. Among the players are Bombadil (Carolina proud), Cyril Lance (esoteric blues), Donna the Buffalo (indispensable upstate New York roots music), Memphis the Band (actually from Chapel Hill), Mosadi Music (old-school funk/future-vision hip hop) and the Duhks (Canadian folk superstars), to name a few. For the rest of it, check in with shakorihills.org.
Speaking of out-of-town festivals, two Triad bands will be representing at Mountain Times Appalachian Roots Revival 2 in Boone on Sept. 22, High Point’s Downtown Senate and Thacker Dairy Road (claiming Whitsett on their MySpace site). Black Cash and Possum Jenkins share the bill.
The HOOD Band, a collegiate group of DC expatriates, continues its mission to spread the gospel of go-go music at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Winston-Salem Jaycees host Band Aid for Burn Victims, a benefit for the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, featuring the Alternative Champs and Little Mascara at the Garage.
Back in Greensboro on Thursday, Salisbury’s Sunny Ledfurd thrills the early weekend inebriates at the Blind Tiger.
On Friday in Winston-Salem, promoter Allen McDavid presents saxophonist Boney James at Corpening Plaza in a concert timed to entertain alumni from Winston-Salem State University and NC A&T University, as the two rival Triad HBCUs’ football teams go head to head over the weekend. If that’s not your kind of grudge match, check out the “Punks vs. Greasers” show at the Garage the same night. The contenders – though I can’t say who falls on which side of the ledger – include the Tremors, Ironhead, Self Made Monsters and Brenna & the Blacktones.
A different kind of aggression plays out the same night to the east at the Somewhere Else Tavern in Guilfordland in a five-way card featuring Haiz Rail, Electromatic, Stretch & the Funk, Anesan and O the Irony!
Downtown, also on Friday, the Embarrassing Fruits, Red Collar and Cinemasophia commemorate the waning days of summer at Two Art Chicks. The Embarrassing Fruits qualify for the billing by virtue of having an album called Sumr’ Stoopid Drunkfun, if for no other reason. Durham’s Red Collar wear working-class sentiments on their sleeve and pay homage to the late ’80s Dischord scene in DC. Cinemasophia from Richmond, Va. play a genre of music that has come to be known as “shoegaze.”
Greene’s Street’s lineup for the weekend’s kickoff includes Monday In London, Boxbomb, This Waking Moment, New Years Day and Cool Ethan.
The Shakori Hills’ Friday-night shindig in Silk Hope features the Triangle’s Jeff Hart & the Ruins. Here’s Jeff’s publicity line: “An NC original, he covers the gamut of styles from Flying Burrito Brothers, the Byrds, Ray Davies to Tom Petty and the Replacements.
Hot Politics funks the scene at Backstreets in Greensboro on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Johnson City’s Everybodyfields will make an in-store appearance at BB’s Compact Discs near Guilford College, then head across the Triad to join rising Winston-Salem alt-country star Caleb Caudle at the Garage.