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by Jordan Green

Reno, Nev. gives the world Sol’Jibe, whose founding duo received their training as understudies to Gypsy musicians in southern Spain. Their music is described as “an intoxicating, effervescent cocktail that fuses rock, roots, flamenco, jazz, Latin music and world rhythms.” They’ll be at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Wednesday.

Thwarted by inclement weather in mid-January, Winston-Salem rock and rollers Kavish hold their rescheduled CD release party at the Cancer City’s Garage on Thursday. Mitchell Snow and Splice Factor open. Look for special guests the Fabulous Fakestras, featuring Snow, Susan Terry, Rebecca Wyatt, Doug Davis, Lee Terry and Leslie Kerr.

A resurrection of sorts takes place at Greene Street in Greensboro on Friday with the appearance of Chris Barron. Back in the early ’90s, Barron’s band the Spin Doctors ruled the airwaves with “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and other springy rock staples. After suffering a paralyzed vocal cord and facing the bleak possibility of never regaining his normal speaking voice again, Barron has returned to the road with his band the Time Bandits. Barron’s second solo outing, Pancho and the Kid, features some Americana touches and the elegant, string-laden “Can’t Kick the Habit.” The bill also includes Wild Sweet Orange, Best When Tipsy and Defying Belief, the latter band consisting of some Greensboro kids who almost stole a battle-of-the-bands competition at Ziggy’s last summer with their exuberant mélange of horns and acoustic guitars.

Friday also sees the return of the Del McCoury Band to the Triad. McCoury perfected his craft under bluegrass founder Bill Monroe and now, on the strength of his reedy voice and two instrumentalist sons, he’s become something of an elder statesman himself. The band takes the stage at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.

Returning for the first time since his Furniture City debut last November, South Carolina bluesman Jeff Norwood appears at Bimini’s in High Point on Friday and Saturday. A white boy who’s willingly stepped across to the rough side of the tracks and may have whipped out a Hank Sr. song a time or two to avoid having his ass kicked, Norwood’s hawking his 2007 studio recording, Black Dark, at shows. No plans for official release, just some old-fashioned product offering at the merch table.

Greensboro’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival joins forces with Charlotte brethren the New Familiars and western cousins Boulder Acoustic Society for a night of rambunctious pre-rock party music at the Garage on Friday.

The following night in Greensboro, Paul Patrice’s Island Vibes with Tracy Thornton & his Caribbean Steel Drum Sounds honor the musical legacy of Bob Marley at the Carolina Theatre.

Also on Saturday, Carrboro’s resident bluesologist, Cyril Lance, brings his bag of potions to the Blind Tiger, a venue where he’s well known and loved.

On Saturday, Greene Street opens its doors to the under-18 cohort, offering a five-band pileup with All Time Low, Just Surrender, Charlotte Sometimes, Early Avenue and the Decade. The early show ends by 9 p.m., and the drinking crowd comes in for the Brooks Wood Band, a Carolina-proud acoustic pop-rock act.

Over in Winston-Salem on Saturday, Old Stone Revue and Hot Politics spell double trouble at the Garage.

On Feb. 5, Greene Street extends a theme with a three-act night featuring Jason Reeves, an Iowa singer-songwriter wielding an acoustic guitar who plays straight-ahead pop music; Brendan James, a New York pianist, who also falls within the acoustic folk-pop vein; and Mikal Blue, a delicate rock act from California.

Also on Feb. 5, the Manhattan Piano Trio performs at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro. Featuring Milana Bahl, the trio also includes two Dmitris, respectively Lukin and Kouzov on violin and cello.

Greensboro traditional music matron Laurelyn Dossett of Polecat Creek hosts the Wrights, Jason Eady and Stephen Simmons at the Garage on Feb. 5 as part of the venue’s ongoing “American Songwriters” series.

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