Extended Play

by Jordan Green

For several years, Sullivan has epitomized the sensitive man-boy, emo-to-rock-with-guitar-histrionics standard in Greensboro (with apologies to House of Fools, who have pursued a somewhat more eccentric grand-gesture pop path). Sadly for many of their fans, the road has come to an end for Sullivan.

The band plays its last show at Greensboro’s Greene Street, a second home of sorts, on Friday with Far-Less, a Clerestory and After the Tragedy. Simultaneously, YES! Weekly will be throwing its Christmas bash at the club’s heated rooftop deck.

In the wee hours of Nov. 11, Sullivan bass player Zach Harward posted a MySpace blog, writing that on the eve of what was to be its first headlining tour the band had decided to call it quits. Then-current mood: crushed. Within the next eight days the post garnered 112 comments, about half of them within the first 24 hours. Fans appear to have modified their MySpace photos to look appropriately glum. From a poster identified as “eiann_is”: “this SUCKS… I mean sucks… there is no words to explain…”. And from “R3B3CC4”: “When I heard that you guys broke up. I cried for the longest. It felt so terrible. I don’t want to make you feel bad I’m just saying I guess that’s how close we were… We’ll miss you guys, both me and my brother. I’ll always love you guys for being amazing to me and everyone else.”

Looking ahead, Greensboro Coliseum has announced a stop by Philadelphia neo-soul diva Jill Scott on March 2. Scott is touring in support of her new album The Real Thing. “My original concept was to show different women – you know, like the housekeeper, the stripper, the congresswoman – but as I started writing and recording, I started taking on all these characters. I put myself in each woman’s place… and found that it became more about me, all of it, with the envy, the anger, the frustration, the loneliness, the joy, the passion and the rapture. And that’s what makes it juicy.”

The week leading up to Christmas is relatively slow; guess everybody’s busy making preparations.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday.

Nyos is at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday.

McLeansville’s favorite son Chris Daughtry performs at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium on Friday and Saturday.

If you decide to skip the YES! Weekly Christmas party and Jeffrey Dean Foster’s benefit show at the Garage, you might want to catch Hot Politics and Old Stone Revue at the Rhinoceros Club on Friday.

Silence the Sky fires up the stew at the Blind Tiger on Saturday, and over at the Garage in Winston-Salem, Clare Fader & the Vaudevillains entertain.

Chris Brown and Bow Wow perform with Soulja Boy Tellem, Sean Kingston, Shop Boyz and Lil Mama at Greensboro Coliseum on Dec. 23. The same night, Eating the Invaders, Narcissistics Anonymous, and Molly Miller and friends will be at the Green Bean in Greensboro.

The Sunday blues jam is resurrected, bass player Shiela Klinefelter reports, at Zion Bar & Grille near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Guilford College Road.

And on Christmas day Walrus, Evan Olson and Eddie Walker share the stage at the Blind Tiger.