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by Jordan Green

The big news this week – just in case you live in a cave or somehow missed the boat on Beatlemania – is the Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem. We’ve got a cover story about it this week, so you don’t need to turn to me for the details. There are a couple rad Independence Day shows, but otherwise it’s a light week. Apparently, musicians and club owners like to take some time off for holidays too. Also, significantly, Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem has taken a summer break on booking shows, and Garage owner Richard Emmett is getting busy with the Eastern Music Festival Fringe series.

Before we get down to business, let’s get some housekeeping out of the way. The NC Songwriters Co-op is now accepting entries for its 11th Annual Songwriting Contest. If you claim membership in this dubious profession, visit ncsongwriters.org for the details.

Big Daddy Love gets in the building at the Blind Tiger on Thursday.

Wafer Thin, who are expected to release a new album later this year, lists a Thursday show at the Garage in Winston-Salem, but the venue website makes no mention. I’ll pass on an old journalism adage: If you’re mama says she loves you, double-check it.

Over in Burlington, the boys from Instant Jones – otherwise known as Velvet Underground on the Haw – exorcise their demons at the Raven on Thursday.

The lineup is short at the Mebane Fourth of July Family Festival, and it reflects the landlocked Piedmont’s obsession with beach music. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome Jim Quick & the Coastline.

Back at the Raven, patriotic honors go to Jonas Sees in Color for the July 4 festivities. With explosive stage presence, due respect for their punk-rock roots, an unabashed love of pop music and an upbeat focus on friendship and camaraderie, they’re making a play for the top of the heap.

Along more classical lines, pianist Christina Dahl joins conductor José-Luis Novo and guest conductor David Lockington for a performance of works by Copland, Diamond, Gershwin and Tchaikovsky at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium on July 4. The performance is part of the ongoing Eastern Music Festival.

Bringing together two generations, the Carter Brothers and the Radials join forces to provide the soundtrack to the holiday cookout at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Friday. The Carter Brothers are Jamestown’s gift to Nashville, and they bring maverick tendencies to that industry town. The Radials from Greensboro summon the ghosts of Bakersfield, playing a brand of country music that hasn’t found favor in Nashville at least since Dwight Yoakam was hitting the charts.

Goodnight Man, an ambitious group of young men from Winston-Salem who play something called “indie-rock-gospel” appear at the Werehouse on Friday with fellow Cancer City residents Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets and City of Medicine rockers Red Collar.

Look alive: the Copperhood Grill and Sports Bar in High Point hosts the Subterranean Bums on Saturday. The nucleus of the band is Jack David Carter and James Marshall Owen, and their music is something of an emerging genre around these parts, what might be called “garage Americana.” With a few rough demos, a lot of heart and some interesting ideas, this band might not be around in exactly the same incarnation a few years from now but I’ll wager we’ll be hearing a lot more from them.

Durham’s Hobex, purveyors of classic soul – think Al Green and Shuggie Otis – do the honors at Summer on Trade in Winston-Salem on Saturday.

The Jack Russell Band invokes the spirit at Christ Wesleyan Church in Greensboro on July 6.

The Subterranean Bums return on July 8, this time at the Blind Tiger and with company, sharing the bill with Eating the Invaders.

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