Elliot’s Revue, the drinking hole on Winston-Salem’s West 7th Street where musicians playing across the street at the Garage sometimes retreat for privacy and microwavable hamburgers, is booking bands again. Brass Bed plays on Wednesday.
The next night, the esteemed Garage presents the prodigious gifts of Geoff Muldaur, a seasoned journeyman who has been knocking around since he emerged from the folk scenes of Cambridge, Mass. and Woodstock, NY in the late 1960s. No less an authority than Richard Thompson has said, “There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.”
On Thursday in Greensboro, Greene Street presents a progressive rock (read: hard-edged and technically challenging) show, featuring Cythera, Nyos, Waiting for Wednesday and Perestroyka.
Not to be confused with the white guys cranking agitated noises out of guitars at Greene Street, urban music songwriter Ne-Yo will be at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. Oh, he’s supporting a guy named R. Kelly, who will be promoting his new smash single, “I’m a Flirt Remix.” The night will also feature the talents of R&B singer Keyshia Cole and DC vocalist J. Holiday.
Mixing hip-hop with live instrumentation, our nationally acclaimed homeboys the Urban Sophisticates share the stage at Greene Street with O Period on Friday. Two blocks over at Rocco Scarfone’s competing downtown entertainment juggernaut, Sleeping Booty appears at the N Club.
A couple doors down, Dave Fox hosts Melva Houston at the Empire Room. On the same night in Greensboro, Hot Politics brings the vox populi at the Rhinoceros Club.
Undoubtedly earlier in the evening and in a more sedate setting, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer joins writers Scott Russell Sanders, Phillip Gulley and J. Brent Bill for Quakerpalooza at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium on Friday.
Weedeater, a stoner metal band renowned for the puke-‘n-rally, plays Ziggy’s on Friday.
Winston-Salem’s alt-country prince and his group, Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets join Nashville’s Stephen Simmons and the Kamikaze Hearts at the Garage on Friday.
Need to Breathe, Good Day Hayden, Evoka and a Clerestory show how DIY’s done at Triad Community Church in High Point on Friday.
Christian music group Casting Crowns brings the 21st century equivalent of the tent revival to Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday with Leeland and John Waller. A different kind of evangelization takes place at Somewhere Else Tavern, when it presents “Sick-Hop-3,” featuring William Zaybiane, Ty Bru, Ed E. Ruger, Heavy Contact, Jon Blaq & Onourgame Ent., Ill Po, Christ Addams and DJ Phillie Phresh. Also in Greensboro, Laura Reed & Deep Pocket play the Blind Tiger, and Tiger Bear Wolf, Adam Thorn & the Top Buttons, Fighting Poseidon and Irata play a benefit for Bike Me at Two Art Chicks.
Bluegrass Experience celebrates its 36th anniversary CD release party at Fearington Barn on US Highway 15-501 between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill on Saturday.
The Solos Unit and the 5 L’s share the stage at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Saturday. Lo-Fi Breakdown and the Gougers will be at at the Garage. Down in High Point on Saturday night Hot Politics reappears at Finley’s.
And on Nov. 20, the Garage presents a free screening of The Devil and Daniel Johnson.