Extended Play

by Jordan Green

“The filming of the video for Marijuana Wolf’s song “Jumping on a Trampoline’ is upon us.” So begins a recent e-mail from the ubiquitous Lady Bong Wayne Doubter. Actually, the shoot was scheduled to happen Sunday. This particular talent search called for “people to jump on a trampoline and guys who are willing to appear in a party scene with me. Think Chippendales meets biker bar. Outlandish attire preferred. The trampoline scene will be filmed during daylight after 3:30; the party scene will be shot after sunset.”

Big Bang Boom, the kids rock and roll band comprised of Chuck Folds, Steve Williard, Eddie Walker and Snüzz, is working on its first CD. You can check out one of their new songs at

Bruce Piephoff recently wrapped recording of his 16th album, The Chestnut Tree at the home studio of Jim Ritchey in Greensboro’s Westerwood neighborhood. The album features a familiar format (17 new original songs with several poems interspersed), a familiar cast of supporting players (Renee Mendoza of Filthybird, Sam Frazier on guitars, Scott Walker on cello and fiddles, Dakota Joe on vocals, David “Driveway” Moore on blues harp, Bill Payne on dobro and Keith Buckner on bass and banjo), with lyrical portraits of Jesse Owens, Anne Frank and Charlie Poole. Look for a Greensboro CD release party in February.

Greensboro’s Rum Runners will open its dance floor (and bar) on Friday for the annual “Blue Christmas” benefit concert, featuring the Ladies Auxiliary, joined by Terry Vun Cannon on lap steel guitar, and the Blues Board (comprised of members of Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s board of directors). WNAA 90.1 FM, the usual beneficiary, forfeits the proceeds this year to the blues society to pay the artists performing at next summer’s Carolina Blues Festival.

Are you ready for the show-time? Are you ready for the soul-time? Billed as “the only gospel group to have appeared on “Soul Train,” the Mighty Clouds of Joy serenade the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Friday. Supporting them will be the Sanctuary Choir from Greensboro’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Also in Greensboro on Friday (file under “folk”) Sally Spring and Amelia White play the Green Bean; and (file under “hip hop”) Celinski, Fortified, Ethemadasssasin and Gav Beats pass the mic at Touch of Class (2519 High Point Road).

Westward in Winston-Salem, Boone’s Possum Jenkins shares the stage at the Garage with Chapel Hill’s Honored Guests. Across the street at Elliott’s Revue, Brooklyn’s Magic Zorillo shows up for the gig.

The aforementioned Spring and White return for a second night at the Garage. On Saturday, Spring will be joined by her husband’s band, the Electric Ted Lyons Experience, and Lynn Blakey (ex member of Let’s Active and Oh OK, and currently a third of Tres Chicas) rounds out the bill.

“Two distinctly different musical groups share a common bond: blood,” begins a press release announcing the Saturday show at the Green Bean, featuring Sin Tax (“high energy-pop” fronted by Dave McLean) and Albino Savoy (“introspective, eclectic,” guided by Jon McLean).

Also in Greensboro on Saturday, local R&B chanteuse Gloria Hawkins has a booking at Coffee at the Summit.

Metal standard-bearers Killwhitneydead rawk Greene Street on Dec. 9, and over in Cancer City, Nyos demonstrates the elementals of technically proficient, loud psychedelia at Elliott’s Revue.