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The Carolina Blues Festival announces its lineup at a press conference at Café Europa in Greensboro on Wednesday. Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials head a bill that also includes Terrence Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Nora Jean Bruso, Sean Costello, Blues World Order and Big Road Blues. The event itself takes place May 3 at Festival Park in downtown Greensboro.

We note with sadness the passing of bluesman Calvin “Skeeter” Brandon who died on March 20. Brandon’s funeral takes place sometime this week in Roxboro, according to Piedmont Blues Preservation Society President Casey Hazelman.

Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Styx play the Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday.

Calamity Jane, a Winston-Salem surf-rock group, wreaks havoc at Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem on Thursday, while Good Night Man and Jeff Crawford share the bill across the street at the Garage.

Finn Riggins, an experimental indie-rock trio from Sun Valley, Idaho, joins Nyos at the Blind Tiger on Thursday.

Lisa Dames kicks off Greensboro’s bicentennial celebration at NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Grasshoppers, on Friday.

The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, mandolinist for the defunct Nickel Creek, show up at the Carolina Theatre on Friday.

Pop battles hardcore on the first card at Greene Street on Friday, featuring bouts between Farewell, Mercy Mercedes, Bloodjinn and Dead Eyes.

Over in the Whiskey District, Silence the Sky and Anonymous kick out the jams at the Blind Tiger on Friday, and in UNCGland Expresso Brazil plays Tate Street Coffee.

Songwriter David McHugh performs at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville on Friday.

Cancer City inaugurates the outdoor music season on Friday with a concert by Mother’s Finest at Corpening Plaza.

Martha Bassett and Jonathan Byrd play the early show at the Garage, while American Aquarium and Rails End do the late-night honors. Fynn Chi, my favorite band from High Point, plays Elliott’s Revue.

Jazz trumpeter Chuck Mangione plays the High Point Theatre on Saturday.

Somehow all the action on Saturday converges in Greensboro. Here goes:

Tate Street Carnivale takes place on the bohemian strip fronting UNCG from noon to 6 p.m. The music lineup includes the Bronzed Chorus, Hot Politics, Songs of Water, Thacker Dairy Road, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, the Mantras, Old Stone Revue, Hammer No More the Fingers. And right on the strip, Second Stories is booked at Tate Street Coffee.

While the city of Greensboro hosts the “Tournament Town Goes Downtown” block party at Hamburger Square, Sin Tax holds its CD release party three doors up at the Green Bean. Holy Ghost Tent Revival plays its second show of the day, opening for Unknown Hinson at Greene Street. And Carolina Clearwater plays Cooper’s Ale House.

Now back to the Triad’s western flank:

St. Peter Pocket Veto, Gunslinger and Hammer No More the Fingers play the Werehouse. And Love Craft, Irata and Iliad show up at the Garage.

On Sunday, March 30, High Point’s Sparks In Stereo lead an eight-act bill that also includes Love & Reverie, Yearling, Grace Has Favor, En Serenade, Friday Never Counts, the Decade and Winter Mission at Greene Street.

Finally, Laurelyn Dossett and Jeffrey Dean Foster play solo acoustic sets at the Garage on April 1.

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