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by Jordan Green

The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance in Chatham County this weekend draws ample talent from across the state, putting to work such notables as Bruce Piephoff, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the Mantras. As a fringe benefit, a handful of out-of-town acts are picking up additional gigs in quality venues around the Triad; they include Chris Barron, Paleface, Scythian and Sol’Jibe.

First, let me mention that Manhattan resident and Nashville transplant Steve Earle appears at Greensboro’s Carolina Theatre with special guest and wife Allison Moorer on Wednesday.

Thursday marks the first day of mighty Shakori Hills. Here’s the lineup: hosts Donna the Buffalo with new member and former Greensboro resident Dave McCracken on keyboards, Dubconscious, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, Michael Holland & Big Fat Gap, Paleface, the New Familiars and the Mantras.

Friday’s lineup includes Arrested Development, Cyril Lance with Jeff Sipe & Johnny Neel, the Allen Boys, the Hackensaw Boys, Justin Townes Earle (yes, second-generation troubadour after papa Steve), Keith Secola & the Wild Band of Indians, Sol’Jibe and Valorie Miller.

Saturday’s lineup includes the Allen Boys, Big Fat Gap, Bombadil, Chris Barron, Cyril Lance with Jeff Sipe & Johnny Neel, Donna the Buffalo, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Keith Secola & the Band of Wild Indians, the Never, Richie Havens, Scythian, Stephanie’s Id and Valorie Miller.

Sunday’s lineup includes Bruce Piephoff and band, Chatham County Line, Donna the Buffalo, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Kelley & the Cowboys, Scythian and Tres Chicas.

Organist Janette Fishell performs a work commissioned by Greensboro composer Jack Jarrett in honor of Greensboro’s bicentennial at Christ United Methodist Church with the combined choirs of Christ United Methodist Church, Starmount Presbyterian Church and First Lutheran Church on Friday.

Tony Drake, a blind, autistic and white blues guitar phenom from Tennessee discovered by local producer Roy Roberts, makes his Triad debut at Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro on Friday, while Flo Rida performs downtown at the N Club.

Also in Greensboro on Friday, catch Old Southern Moonshine Revival at Greene Street, and the New Familiars and Paleface at the Blind Tiger.

In advance of his Shakori Hills gig, Chris Barron & the Time Bandits play the Garage in Winston-Salem on Friday with guest Suitcase, while the jazzy, acoustic duo Moodswingz appears at Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge.

The Renae Paige Trio entertains at Harrison’s in High Point on Saturday, while Southern rock band SwampdaWamp at a Rider’s Oasis, formerly the Metal Rebel, in Winston-Salem.

The Lee Boys and Anonymous share billing at the Blind Tiger on Saturday, and Substentz plays Cooper’s Ale House.

Lee Tyler Post, described as “a soulful rock poet” from the Asheville area, plays Bistro 150 on Saturday. Back in Winston-Salem, catch 44 Love, Delta Drift, Tater and Wink Kezieh at the Garage on Saturday.

Friends will hold a benefit concert for Cesar Oviedo, who is recovering from quintuple bypass surgery, at the Blind Tiger on Sunday, April 20. Featured acts include World Beat Orchestra, West End Mambo, the Allison King Band, Tornado, Kristy Jackson and Braco.

Also on Sunday in Greensboro, the Everybodyfields and Allen Thompson play at the lake at Guilford College, and Mr. Rozzi throws a listening party for his new CD at Iguana’s.

Fresh from Shakori Hills, Nevada’s Sol’Jibe turns up at the Garage on April 22, while Scythian and 6 Day Bender appear at the Blind Tiger. Also on April 22, Jen Chapin plays a benefit for Greensboro Urban Ministry at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro.

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