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by Jordan Green

Atlanta’s Outformation – their MySpace site files them under “rock/psychedelic/country”; looks like they’ve got my number – plays the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday.

Aaron Berg and Rosy Nolan play the early show at the Garage on Winston-Salem’s West 7th Street on Friday, with Christabel & the Jons, Matt Weiser & Circlehook and Nathan Asher & the Infantry holding down the fort for the late shift.

Old Stone Revue, the Triad’s new alt-country standard-bearers, play Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem on Thursday, followed by Greensboro’s Blind Tiger on Friday.

Elliott’s Revue presents the Delta Drift, a relatively new outfit from Salisbury that channels the country side of Bob Dylan and the Band, and Puritan Rodeo Show on Friday.

The Music Maker Relief Foundation presents the Ron Hunter Band, Macavine Hayes, Captain Luke and others for a “Built for the Blues Open House” on Saturday and Sunday in Clemmons. The events will be held at 295 Windsong Drive in Clemmons, the site of a home built by a Winston-Salem contractor. The home will be sold to raise funds for Music Maker, an organization that provides financial support to financially distressed blues musicians.

Forged from friendships made by three undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill, the soulful Steep Canyon Rangers have found acclaim in Nashville, garnering an International Bluegrass Music Association “Emerging Artist” award last year and landing a song near the top of the Billboard bluegrass charts in October. Before returning to Nashville for two performances at the Ryman Auditorium after taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, they’ll make a stop at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro’s College Hill neighborhood on Dec. 2.

Along those lines, another group of phenomenal players will be quietly dropping in at a modest Triad venue at the end of the weekend. Yes, New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band will appear at the Garage on Dec. 2. Renovators of the Big Easy’s brass band tradition and innovators of intelligent, kinetic funk, the Dozen are promoting their new album, a remake of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic, What’s Going On. “It’s a timely question,” says tenor sax player Kevin Harris. “What the hell is going on? It’s been freaky out there. Bad enough when human beings are snapping at each other left and right, but when nature is drowning thousands of people with tsunamis and hurricanes and scourges? Things are changing, getting strange.”

Across the street, Elliott’s Revue presents the folk pairing of Adam Agin – from Indiana via Nashville – and Gentry Morris, who originally hails from Georgia, but probably travels too much these days to call any place in particular home.

The Guilford College Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Wendy Looker, and the Guilford College Guitar Ensemble, conducted by Kami Rowan, present a winter choral concert featuring George Frederic Handel’s Coronation Anthems at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium on Dec. 2.

The blues faithful gather at Dezyres every Sunday to kick around the jams. With solid hitters Shiela Klinefelter, Chuck Cotton and Terry VunCannon hosting, aspiring blues wailers and guitar slingers are guaranteed to front an ace band. Like me, you may not have been previously acquainted with Dezyres. It’s a bit out of the way, located at 1350 Tolar Drive. The street hugs the northern side of Interstate 85, connecting Rehobeth Church Road and Vandalia Road. Call 336.852.6152 if you get lost. If it sweetens the deal, Dezyres is known as a club friendly to those who find fulfillment in relationships with those of the same sex.

Another blues jam is held every Monday at High Point’s Red Lion, where proprietor Gary Redd is known as a man who will cut lawns and put all his belongings in hock to keep the bills paid and the doors open.

Pianist and Boone native Jeff Little will perform with friends including guitarist Wayne Henderson at the Entertainment Technology Indoor Studio at GTCC in Jamestown on Dec. 3. Visit gtcc.edu/tickets for more information.

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