Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Blues guitarist Sean Costello died suddenly on April 15. He was scheduled to perform at the Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro on May 3. Festival organizers say they are seeking a replacement.

Musician, storyteller, television host, historian and entertainer David Holt speaks in Room 130 at UNCG’s Moore Nursing Building at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and Hammer No More the Fingers, Silence the Sky and Hot Politics play a benefit for Greensboro-based Exhibit A for Africa across town at Solaris on the same day. Also on Wednesday, catch folk raconteurs Bruce Piephoff and Logie Meachum at the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, or check out Mae, the Honorary Title, Far Less and Layden at Greene Street if your tastes run more towards loud guitars with a pop sheen.

Kaddisfly from Portland, Ore. takes the feature slot at Country Dan Collins’ open mic at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Wednesday.

The Sam Kininger Band plays the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday, while Canada’s Secret & Whisper shows up at Remix VIP.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Kasab steps to the mic at Tate Street Coffee on Friday, while the Urban Sophisticates, Ballyhoo and Live Society appear at Greene Street, and Artistic Theory plays next door at Renaissance Jazz Café.

Sorry About Dresden appears at the Green Burro in Greensboro on Friday. I can’t say whether it’s the Chapel Hill band’s first time in the Gate City, but they’re certainly not regulars around here. The Radials will be there too. And over at the Blind Tiger, Holy Ghost Tent Revival takes the stage.

Kris Ferris, whose recent CD is called Private Passion, plays Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge on Friday.

Corey Smith plays the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Friday, and the Virgo 9 and TV9 play Elliott’s Revue on Friday.

Tommy Edwards & Friends, the Milagro Saints and Breadfoot share the bill at Clydefest 2008 at the Bynum Ball Park in Chatham County on Saturday.

Down in Furniture City, the Renae Paige Trio appears at Harrison’s on Saturday.

The War, Jonas Sees in Color and John Doe & the Runners play a benefit for the Save Darfur Coalition at Grimsley High School in Greensboro on Saturday.

Saturday’s the big night, so hold onto your seats: Laura Reed & Deep Pocket at the Blind Tiger, MIB at Cooper’s Ale House, and Nashville resident and Asheboro transplant Shelly Apple at the Flatiron.

“Songbear’s Writers in the Round” featuring Andrea Reese, Bryan “Songbear” Smith and Michael Ken goes down at Bistro 150 on Saturday.

Over in Winston-Salem, the Crap Rock All Stars do their part to improve diplomatic relations at Elliott’s Revue on Saturday.

Sunday, April 27 finds Polecat Creek at Center City Park in Greensboro, while Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Ivoryline, the Photo Atlas and Yosemite Mudflap play Greene Street.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play the Greensboro Coliseum on April 28, while the Spiritual Renaissance Singers serenade the Carolina Theatre.

Shannon Wurst and Sleeper Car play the Garage on April 29, while my new favorite band, the Nondenoms, keep the punk flame alive at Elliott’s Revue.

Bel Canto Co., a vocal ensemble, holds auditions at the UNCG School of Music on April 29 and 30. E-mail Jeffrey Carlson at for more information.