Steve Williard and Chuck Folds from Rubberband play a free, acoustic lunchtime gig at Center City Park in Greensboro on Wednesday, a signifier of the perfect spring Piedmont weather and a prod to ease up on hectic professional schedules.
And on Wednesday Endless Mic rocks their All New Super Exclusive Al Gore Bongwater Club Mixtape Volume One long-player at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro.
The Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s Bluegrass Music Festival hits the Denton Farmpark in Davidson County Thursday through Saturday. If you’re into bluegrass, you know this is the A-list.
Thursday’s lineup includes a Deeper Shade of Blue, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, Dailey & Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley and the Grascals. Friday finds Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen, Cadillac Sky, Bill Yates & Friends, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Cherryholmes on the festival stage. And the event winds down Saturday with Paul Williams & the Victory Trio, Special Consensus, JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Goldwing Express and what looks like an all-star jam session at the tail end. Visit dentonbluegrass.com for more information.
Domestic Blend, a jam band from Burlington… er, Vermont, shows up at the Blind Tiger on Thursday.
Second-generation outlaw country hell-raiser Shooter Jennings kicks up a ruckus at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Like Hank III, Shooter teases out the destructive rock-and-roll spirit in classic country.
So the union of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. is a natural one. They’ll be at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday, while BB King holds court in the smaller, more intimate War Memorial Auditorium next door.
The rock show on Friday night in Greensboro inevitably goes down at Greene Street, with Waiting for Wednesday, Hephystus and the Ivy League.
Miami’s Tiempo Libre infuses some Latin passion in Furniture City at High Point Theatre on Friday.
In the meantime, Nashville’s Coal Men and Bucktown Kickback rock it up with Boone’s Possum Jenkins at the Garage in Winston-Salem. Across 7th Street, the Delta Drift and Rail’s End refine their warped vision of Americana at Elliott’s Revue.
Greensboro hardcore metal standard-bearers Killwhitneydead destroy with Jonas Sees In Color at the Raven in Burlington on Saturday.
Ifwhen, a New York band resurrected from the remnants of All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors, headlines a bill with Irata and Glissade at Solaris in Greensboro on Saturday.
Back in Winston-Salem, Carolina Clearwater throws down the organic funk at Elliott’s Revue on Saturday, while Audioform, a kicking Afrobeat unit from Charlotte, shares the stage at the Garage with the reccurent Bucktown Kickback. Kim Thore’s Tobacco Road Series presents Brooklyn, NY’s Sam Mastandrea, AKA SAM at the Werehouse with Benj-O-Matic in the supporting slot on May 10.
We usually don’t venture over to the Triangle, but what the hey, it’s not every day that George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic plays with Hobex in front of the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. It’s a benefit for SafeChild, so you can justify the trip. Saturday’s the day.
Stevie Coyle, formerly of the Waybacks, and J. Scott Hinkle play the early show at the Garage on May 13. American Aquarium and Luego have the late shift covered.
Mayhem String Band breaks down the music week at the Blind Tiger, also on May 13.