Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Christy Johnson, an old friend of our publication, announces the return of Dreamkiller, the smart and glamorous pop-punk band that once held residency at Somewhere Else Tavern. Johnson writes in a recent e-mail that she’s trying to recruit a second guitar player and bass player. Johnson will take Dreamkiller forward without Donnie Neas, guitar player and co-writer in the band’s last incarnation.

In the meantime, there’s no shortage of soul, smoking Southern rock and careening indie rock to sate you this week.

The Sol Cet Fre Project presides at Greene Street in Greensboro on Wednesday, with Come What May, B-Star, Earth, Fynn Chi and Baby Love attending the royal court. Also in the Gate City on Wednesday, the Red Elvises appear at Rum Runners. And North Carolina native son and current Austin, Texas resident Seth Walker plays the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center.

Gov’t Mule boogies down at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Wednesday with a little help from Thacker Dairy Road.

On Thursday, the South Carolina rock-soul trio Black Eyed Susan appears at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro.

On Friday, Thacker Dairy Road joins the Wigg Report and Little Mascara at the Green Burro for the ConvergeSouth Music Festival. Friday night, you’ll have a hard time throwing a rock in downtown Greensboro without hitting someone in a band.

Scott Sawyer plays the Empire Room. A couple doors up Elm Street Mother’s Finest regales the N Club. Hot Politics do their cooking show at the Rhinoceros Club. One of my favorite bands is Wilmington’s Thunderlip; their cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star.” They’ll be at Two Art Chicks with Worn In Red, Young Livers and Gun Slinger.

Over in Winston-Salem, the Burley Atoms, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the New Familiars share the stage at the Garage on Friday. Unknown Hinson plays Ziggy’s.

The Lake Eden Arts Festival near Black Mountain runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21. The lineup is too extensive to fit in this space, so visit for more information.

On Saturday, Bishop Michael Curry celebrates a U2charist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. Visit to figure out what in God’s name I’m talking about.

And there’s more boogie at Ziggy’s on Saturday with the Mood Cultivation Project, Fisher Street Band and – wait for it, this band is all over the place – Thacker Dairy Road. Shalini celebrates the release of her new album, The Surface and the Shine, and Kavish presents Overcoming Gravity at the Garage, with special guest Tim Lee.

Fast becoming a premier venue for cutting-edge, original music, the Flatiron in Greensboro hosts Irata, Glissade and Awesome Heroes on Saturday. Over in Kernersville, Molly Hatchet play Plum Krazy’s Too.

Autopassion, Sugar in the Dirt and Jew(s) and Catholic(s) will be at Ziggy’s on Oct. 21.

And back in the Gate City, the reunited Tiger Bear Wolf will demonstrate how to rock and roll at Two Art Chicks with the Bronzed Chorus and Chubby Behemoth. The following night, Two Art Chicks presents a free show with Magik Markers and Boa Narrow.

And going into the next week, the New Music Festival at UNCG on Oct. 23-25 features pianist Amy Dissanayake, sound sculpturist Bill Fontana, vibraphonist and composer Anders Astrand, along with performances by UNCG faculty members. Visit for specifics.