Extended Play

by Jordan Green

Hold onto your hats: Several festivals and Greensboro heritage commemorations are cross-promoting events. There’s a feast at hand.

On Wednesday, vocal ensemble Bel Canto Co. holds its second day of auditions at the UNCG School of Music. E-mail Jeffrey Carlson at for more information.

The Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival continues on Wednesday with a performance by Cle Thompson at Mack and Mack in Greensboro, while Rick Allred performs a free noon concert at the Shops at Friendly Center.

The rooftop at Greene Street in Greensboro will be the site of a benefit to cover travel costs to the Cannes Film Festival for the makers of the short film “JoBeth” on Wednesday, featuring Mark Kano, Mike Garrigan, Evan Olson, Chris Carroll, Patrick Rock and Walrus. Our editor, Brian Clarey, wrote the screenplay, and you can bet he plans to be at Cannes.

The Greensboro Symphony, featuring Peter Coyote and pianist Pedja Muzijevic, appears at War Memorial Auditorium on Thursday. For the record, this event is being promoted by ArtBeat Greensboro.

Blues maven Priscilla Price shows up at the Greensboro Cultural Center on Thursday as part of the ongoing Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival.

Facefirst takes the stage at the Blind Tiger on Thursday.

Old Stone Revue celebrates the release of its new CD, Heirloom, with help from Sarah White & the Pearls at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Thursday, and Jay Clifford from Jump Little Children accompanies Steven Fiore at the Werehouse.

On Friday, the Vesties play at Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem.

Back in Greensboro, Pedja Muzijevic reprises at the UNCG School of Music Recital Hall on Friday, and local bluesman Roy Roberts performs at Festival Park in downtown Greensboro as part of the Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival. Friday also finds Skillet at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium and Cassidy at the Special Events Center. House of Fools headlines Greene Street on Friday, and the band will also back Josh Moore. The bill also includes Native Sound, Defying Belief and David Spencer.

Rounding out the night in Greensboro, Renae Paige sings at J Butler’s Bar and Grill.

In Winston-Salem on Friday, Tommy Womack, Terry Anderson & the Olympic Ass Kicking Team and Quarry Hill share billing at the Garage.

The Carolina Blues Festival, sponsored by YES! Weekly, rolls out at Festival Park in Greensboro on Saturday. (See cover package on page 10.)

Meanwhile, the Greensboro Symphony returns to War Memorial Auditorium with Peter Coyote and pianist Pedja Muzijevic, the Brooks Wood Band turns up at Greene Street and Fooling Betty plays Cooper’s Ale House. The Triad Youth Jazz Society Festival, featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalis has been postponed, most likely because of its unfortunate scheduling against the Carolina Blues Festival.

The City of the Arts Jazz Festival at Reagan High School in Pfafftown features trumpeter Ryan Kisor, UNCG Jazz Band I and more than a dozen academic bands on Saturday, while Hope For Agoldensummer, the Baker Family Band and Cakes of Light appear at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem. Also in Cancer City on Saturday, catch Selah Dub at Elliott’s Revue and “Tres del Sleaze” featuring Silver Bullet, Gojira X, Easybake, the Flat Tires and the Malamondos at the Garage.

Renae Paige pops up again at Harrison’s in High Point on Saturday.

March 4 finds the University Band & Symphonic Band at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium as ArtBeat Greensboro concludes.

Wrapping it up with the low-end boogie, Carolina Clearwater plays the Blind Tiger on May 6.