On Thursday, the celebrated Squirrel Nut Zippers appear at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem. It’s part of an extended reunion tour that, at this particular stop, also features the Old Ceremony. The winsome rural hot jazz ensemble put
Chapel Hill in the national consciousness for a time in the early ’90s, along with other acts of a more noisy, guitar-driven variety.
If your idea of retro music tends towards something more earnest and less urbane, you might check out the FarmPark Bluegrass Festival in Denton, which runs Thursday through Sunday. Each day feature five acts from noon to 5 p.m. and then repeat from 6 to 11 p.m. Headlining Thursday is Larry Stephenson, also including appearances by Pinecastle recording artists the Circuit Riders.
On Friday, Alecia Nugent headlines, with gospel artists the Lewis Family appearing just one slot down the bill. This may come as a strange confession, but I used to love a vinyl recording of the Lewis Family in my parents’ possession that contained exhilarating covers of Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)” and Johnny Cash’s “What On Earth Will You Do (For Heaven’s Sake).”
Then on Saturday bluegrass vocal group extraordinaire IIIrd Tyme Out headlines. Visit threshers.com/farmpark or call 336.859.2755 for more information.
That’s in Davidson County. Hop two counties over to the east and you come to Chatham County. The Shakori Hills’ Moonlight Music and Dance Series near Silk Hope features Trilogy on Friday.
Getting back to the city, the conscience of hip hop (and one-time guest at the Rev. Nelson Johnson’s Beloved Community Center) Common slings intelligent rhymes at the N Club in Greensboro. Also on Friday in the Gate City, the Mantras cook up their psychedelic-funk stew at the Blind Tiger, and post-emo rock champs Sullivan preside at Greene Street with a court consisting of Jonas Sees in Color, a Clerestory, Wild Sweet Orange and Josh Thompson.
On Friday, the Dixie Classic Fair begins in Winston-Salem. The first night features three separate shows by alt-country sweetheart Caleb Caudle, with the bo-stevens headlining on Saturday and the Phase Band instigating the boogie the next night.
Turbonegro plays Ziggy’s on Friday. I know nothing about ’em, so on this one I’ll defer to Popmatters.com, which concludes that they’re “arguably the best fat gay Norwegian punk metal band in the world today.” Over at the Garage, Jackass Flats and Mark Dougherty share the stage, and the Werehouse showcases Dead Elephant Bicycle, Brown Bird and Pregnancies.
Here’s the lineup for the Tate Street Festival on UNCG’s boho commercial strip on Saturday: the Second Look, Memphis the Band, Bruce Piephoff, Kevin Hemphill & the Nightbirds, the Alley Rabbits and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. At the after-party later at Solaris, Memphis the Band returns with Starlyn Garvy and Big Red Rooster.
Oh, have you heard of that band Van Halen? They’ll be at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. Hobex plays the Blind Tiger the same night. Sorry, no clever quip to accomplish this juxtaposition.
If you want to check out the other big-arena show of the weekend, see Sugarland and Little Big Town at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society holds its 21st annual blues challenge on Saturday and Sunday at the Clubhouse in Greensboro.
And the Rock Out to Knock Out ALS benefit at Ziggy’s features Doug Jones, the Bryan Windsor Band, Thirteen20, Mac Leaphart and Joel Hodnett on Saturday.