The perfect Piedmont spring seems to have dented the volume of live music offerings of late. The cold and wet season when cabin fever funneled restless Triadians into the bars and music halls is long gone, and the summer festival season is just getting started. Though choices are more limited than usual this week, that’s not to say there isn’t something going on to suit every ear, from big-ticket R&B and local folk to scrappy rock and roll and offbeat touring bands.
We may as well start with Kris Ferris, a local songwriter and guitar player, who serenades the office lunch crowd at Center City Park in Greensboro on Wednesday.
The Wednesday night rock show at Greene Street is all over the map, both stylistically and geographically. Let’s start at the top of the bill and run it down. PlayRadioPlay! from Fort Worth, Texas could be classified as indie/electro/pop, but they call it “straight-edge soft-core”; Dropping Daylight is a fairly standard sounding alt-rock group from Minneapolis. Likewise for Washington’s You, Me and Everyone We Know, though they tend more to the pop side. Greensboro’s Ailyne deftly incorporates electronica into a young man’s rock game, while Raleigh’s a Clerestory pull off the kind of gorgeous pop anthems that many bands would kill for.
Songs of Water, a relatively new Greensboro group that interweaves global musical styles into a largely acoustic, instrumental skein, shows up at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Thursday, where they’ll be joined by Melissa Reaves from Boone.
Occasionally, the N Club pulls through with a really big of show on the strength of its relationship with the House of Blues booking juggernaut. Friday’s one of those night. Delbert McClinton, the Texas country-soul journeyman who taught John Lennon how to blow harp, comes to town. His tune “Giving It Up for Your Love” may just be the most ubiquitous party song.
On the other side of our metro region, Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets, Paul Curreri and American Gun share the stage at the Garage on Friday, while ArgoLola, Cold Hands and Sugar in the Dirt are billed at Elliott’s Revue.
The Werehouse in Winston-Salem goes metal on Friday with Body Soil, Tooth and Horsefang.
Saturday, catch the Renae Paige Trio at Harrison’s in High Point.
Legends of Beach headline the Shaggin’ Beach Music Festival at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro on Saturday, with Shaggie Maggie, the Fantastic Shakers and Band of Oz rounding out the bill.
Erykah Badu, friendly contender with Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill (if she’s still in the game) for the title of queen of neo-soul, presides with organic hip-hop standard-bearers the Roots at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday.
Sally Spring & the Ted Lyons Experience, Chris O’Brien and the Tim Lee 3 show up at the Garage on Saturday, while Charlotte’s Lindy Dobbins & the Red Velvet Manx work out at Elliott’s Revue.
The music continues at the Garage on May 18, when the Von Ehrics from Texas set up house.
Then, on May 20, the Dexter Romweber Duo shows up at the Garage for a rare Triad appearance. Underground icon Dexter Romweber was the frontman of “psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo” Flat Duo jets, and starred alongside REM and the B-52s in the 1987 documentary Athens, Ga. Inside Out. The duo’s other half is sibling Sara Romweber, formerly of Let’s Active and Snatches of Pink. Dexter is the subject of the documentary Two-Headed Cow, and the recipient of testimonials from Jack White, Neko Case, Cat Power and Exene Cervenka. Dig.