Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Concurrent with the Sept. 5 announcement of Gerard Schwartz’s appointment as music director the Eastern Music Festival and School, the esteemed classical and American roots music festival rolled out its fall miniseries – a kind of Indian summer for the main course through the months of June and July.

The “EMFfringe in the Fall” series begins on Oct. 13 with a performance by cellist Matt Haimovitz at the new Windermere Center for Art and Culture on South Elm Street. The encore series runs through Oct. 27 and also includes North Carolina native blues son Seth Walker, Kickin’ Grass and the Hacienda Brothers. Stay tuned for more information.

Psychedelic metal veterans Queensrÿche play the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, with the Dukes of Stratford opening. Also on Wednesday in Cancer City, catch Carolina Clearwater, Go There and Doco at Ziggy’s.

With the collegiate set back in town, Greensboro’s Two Art Chicks is stepping up its bookings. Wednesday’s bill features a free show with Lymbyc System and a Drop in Silence, and on Thursday, Burn Baby Burn, Sweater Weather, Hi-Rollers and the Bronzed Chorus provide the audio at the art gallery-cum-indie-rock outpost.

Friday’s Shakori Hills’ Moonlight Music and Dance Series at the festival’s Grove Stage outside of Silk Hope features Bus Stop Eddy on Friday. And yet Donna the Buffalo, the upstate New Yorkers who serve as the Shakori Hills festival’s eminent hosts, will be playing the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.

The good people from Donna love zydeco, so if they weren’t otherwise committed, they might be checking out Cowboy Mouth from New Orleans at Ziggy’s on the same night. Also in Winston-Salem on Friday, Greensboro troubadour Bruce Piephoff will be joined by Scott Manring and Pat Lawrence at the Garage.

The Grove Winery and Vineyard in Gibsonville – a stop for Piephoff earlier this year – will host its final show of the summer on Friday with Mebanesville.

The concert of the year might be the Avett Brothers at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium. The Avett experience is something like Beatlemania (if it were possible to pare the Fab Four down to a trio, and still infuse the spirits of Bill Monroe and Sid Vicious).

For lovers of the pure old harmony and roots music experience, Saturday offers a number of choices. Polecat Creek takes a turn at Rock Rest Amphitheater in northern Chatham County, for starters. But it would be hard to get more old school than Charlie Louvin at the Reidsville Exhibit Center in Rockingham County (see story on this page).

Other options for Saturday night are as follows:

• The War, a Christian rock band formerly known as Starting Tuesday, headlines Greene Street in Greensboro.

• Battle of the bands champs Thacker Dairy Road play Backstreets in Greensboro.

• Asheville’s Ahleuchatistas share the bill with Summer Camp Casanova and Invisible at Two Art Chicks.

• Johnny Irion (formerly of Dillon Fence, now the musical and otherwise partner of Sarah Lee Guthrie) plays the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

• Perpetual Groove plays Ziggy’s, and the Shakes show up at the Garage for a reunion show.

Here are the highlights for Sept. 16:

• Epitaph recording artists Farewell hold their CD release party at Greene Street.

• Benjomatic entertains at the Guilford College Ice Cream Festival.

• And Hinder, Papa Roach, Fuel and Revelation Theory prove their fury at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.