Extended Play

by Jordan Green

It will be a long but hopefully not lost weekend.

Shakori Hills hosts the Hoppin’ John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention outside of Silk Hope on Friday and Saturday. And on the Grove Stage at the Shakori Hills hippie compound in Silk Hope, the Shelbys do the honors for the Moonlight Music and Dance Series. If you’re overwhelmed and confused, visit

In Greensboro on Friday, Expresso Brazil will be performing bossa nova, samba and Brazilian jazz at Tate Street Coffee. And over on South Elm Street, Dave Fox hosts Soul Central featuring Jaybird at the Empire Ballroom. Greene Street slams the hard rock scene into the pavement with MotorFinger, Black Book Romance, Blind Crisis, Sunday Morning Ritual and Sick and Tired. Barefoot Manner plays the Blind Tiger. Hot Politics campaigns at the Rhinoceros Club. And Red Radio, a Moore County group that takes listeners on a joyride through early ’70s pop whimsy a la Elton John and Electric Light Orchestra, broadcasts at Tequila’s.

Winston-Salem, celebrates its downtown on Friday with Rock the Block, a four-stage affair. Presiding over the country and bluegrass stage will be Caleb Caudle, the bo stevens and Even Keel. The rock-and-roll camp includes Autopassion, Patty Hurst Shifter and the Downtown Band. Playing on the beach stage will be Double Take and the Band of Oz. And the jazz and R&B stage? Look for Envision, Freeport Jazz and Tony Dove & One Love.

Also in Winston-Salem on Friday, Polecat Creek will celebrate the release of their new CD, Ordinary Season, at the Garage. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this no-smoking show. At 10 p.m. Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop appears. And at midnight, Autopassion jumps venue with Brother Reade in tow to complete this triple-stacked booking. Separate covers for each set.

And at the Werehouse, Quiet Company, Filthybird and Cakes of Light make beautiful noise.

On Friday, the price of admission to the Central Carolina Fair at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex gets you a free spot in front of the Bomshel’s stage. And on Saturday Bombs Away, Silence the Sky and the Tremors – all local – play the fair.

The most inexplicable spectacle of the day may be southern California’s Means to an End, ringleaders of the “Motopsycho Circus: motorcycles, music & mayhem tour.” The press release promises, “Grindco Entertainment presents the world’s first ‘heavy metal’ stockcar racing team, bringing live action sports, concerts and their counter-culture lifestyle to the world of auto racing.” Does that mean blowjobs inside the turn after the third lap?

On Saturday, the early show at the Garage features a book signing and reading, not to mention a musical performance, by songwriter and now memoirist Peter Case. In the late show Evoka will celebrate the release of its new CD.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, Lucinda Williams serenades the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. Also on the Lord’s day, the Blind Tiger hosts a celebration of the life of drummer Harvey Mitchell, who died of injuries sustained in a motor-scooter accident in August. Mitchell played with Tornado, the Alkaphonics and Roy Roberts, among many other groups. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., the following acts will contribute their talents to raise money for Mitchell’s funeral expenses: Braco, the McKrackens, Allison King, the Fairlanes, Roy Roberts, Soul Central, Tornado, the Hall Monitors and the Skykings.

And on Sept. 25, catch Bela Fleck & the Flecktones at the Carolina Theatre.