Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Everybody’s hopefully gotten in their trips to the beach, the Labor Day exodus of government employees has been accomplished and the students have hit the books. The music scene, which settles into a languorous calm over the summer, explodes like wildfire through dry pine needles this week.

On Wednesday the “Jack and Jim Show” comes to Greensboro College’s Gail Brower Huggins Memorial Auditorium. In actuality, it’s Eugene Chadbourne, described as an “eclectic experimental instrumentalist” in collaboration with Jimmy Carl Black, formerly of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. On Friday, they take the circus to the Garage in Winston-Salem.

Also on Wednesday, Holy Ghost Tent Revival returns with their frenetic vaudeville show to Greene Street in Greensboro, where they’ll be joined by fellow roots evangelists Old Stone Revue and the New Familiars, a Charlotte “folk-core” band that has been making waves of late. You can also catch Old Stone Revue three nights later on Saturday at Greensboro’s Rhinoceros Club.

Kristen Leigh’s open mic begins on Thursday at a new venue called the Sanctuary, located on 16th Street off of Church Street in Greensboro. The regular open mic will take place on the first Thursday of every month. The singer-songwriter recently returned from a yearlong hiatus in California. Prior to her departure, she performed as Cally West with the Deviled Eggs at the Flatiron.

Also on Thursday, Hot Politics will be at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro.

Space constraints requires the rest to be short and sweet:

• Pianist Stuart Malina with violinist Alexander Kerr perform at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro on Friday.

• Silence the Sky, Those Meddling Kids and Adonaii play Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Friday.

• Hot Politics play JP Looney’s in High Point on Friday.

• Greensboro’s Last Hour plays the Rhinoceros Club in their home town on Friday.

• Singer-songwriter Greg Phairas plays Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge on Friday.

• The Milagro Saints feature at Shakori Hills’ Moonlight Music and Dance Series. located in Chatham County on Friday (Visit for more information).

• Bryan Sutton & the Bluegrass All-Stars headline the Heartland Music Festival at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Saturday, with Laurelyn Dossett’s Polecat Creek; the Packway Handle Band from Athens, Ga.; Winston-Salem’s Big Ron Hunter & the Robbie Carr Group; the Gospel Mellowtones (also from the Twin City); Galax’s Broken Wire Band; Harris Station; and Mt. Airy’s Zephyr Lightning Bolts.

• Thacker Dairy Road plays a benefit for the Greensboro Opera Company at Festival Park on Saturday.

• Get Down!Town, Greensboro’s free back-to-school concert, features Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root, the Dynamites featuring Charles Walker from Nashville and local jam heroes the Mantras on Saturday.

• Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys bring the bluegrass noise to the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Saturday.

• Hot Politics hits Churchill’s in downtown Greensboro on Saturday.

• The Movement plays Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Saturday.

• The Bo Stevens celebrate the release of their new CD at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Saturday with Hickry Hawkins and Hearts & Daggers.

• Florida’s We the Kings open for Valencia at Greene Street on Sept. 9. The bill also includes Just Surrender and Metro Station.

• The “American Idols” concert features the stellar talents of Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson, Chris Sligh, Gina Glockson, Haley Scarnato, Jordin Sparks, LaKisha Jones, Melinda Doolittle, Phil Stacey and Sanjaya Malakar at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sept. 11.

See you on the floor.