African-American voters in urban areas were one of the key voting blocs that helped Obama carry North Carolina, and the new administration doesn’t appear to be taking it for granted. The Dudley High School marching band, part of Guilford County Schools, has been chosen to perform at the Presidential Inaugural Music Festival in Washington on Jan. 16- 20 in conjunction with the inauguration of President-elect Obama.
Greensboro talent is also being heard in Nashville: Songwriter Kristy Jackson has learned that Patti Page — who recorded her signature song, “Tennessee Waltz,” in 1950 — will record Jackson’s “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed A Hero).” More locally, Shiela Klinefelter and Tim Buffington host a weekly blues jam at the Club House in Greensboro on Wednesday. And in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, New York’s Felice Brothers pay a visit to the Garage. The next night finds Bambooza at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro. Tickets go on sale Friday for the Eagles’ Jan. 17 concert at Greensboro Coliseum. Call 336.852.1100 to close the deal. The Soundvent in Thomasville has been undergoing a transition of late to punk rock. On Friday, Virginia’s Choke Chain continues the venue’s old-line tradition of metal mayhem, but Eden’s Blaine Ziglar & the Phantom Vibrations add a weird retro roots element. Haiz Rail and the soulful Bleumont South round out the bill. Brooklyn soul sensation Maxwell appears at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium with Jazmine Sullivan on Friday. The Last Hour celebrates the release of its new CD, A Month of Sundays, at Market Street Music Hall in Greensboro with guests Jones for Juliet and Cythera on Friday. If you’ve never heard of Market Street Music Hall, you’re not alone; neither have I. Find it at 4927 W. Market St., Suite 3000-B. The Solos Unit and Anonymous double up at the Blind Tiger on Friday, while Stan Atwell, Mike Thomas and Terry VunCannon host another blues jam at the Flatiron, also in Greensboro. Roulette plays a two-night run at Riders in the Country in Greensboro on Friday and Saturday. Scott Miller (formerly of the V-Roys) and Shannon Whitworth (formerly of the Biscuit Burners) surface at the Garage on Friday, and S. Burns plays Elliott’s Revue. Moving on to Saturday, Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens and Jerry Chapman & the Evil Herbivores celebrate concurrent CD releases at the Garage. The McDaid family opens its home to Bruce Piephoff, Scott Walker and Jennie Brunner for a Greensboro house concert on Saturday. Call 336.282.1420 or e-mail Ttmcdaid@aol.com for more information. Hot Politics plays the Blind Tiger on Saturday, while Silver Bullet, S. Burns and the Malamondos work Solaris on Saturday. Shiela Klinefelter, Chuck Cotton and Terry VunCannon host the Sunday blues jam at Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro on Nov. 16. Pianist Betsy Bevan and kora player Will Ridenour, who recently released their Wind and Stars CD, perform at the annual Peace and Justice Network Potluck at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro on Nov. 16. Bad Flirt, Jew(s) and Catholic(s), Terrance & the Tallboys and Pacifico converge on the Werehouse on Nov. 17. Bubba Klinefelter and Tim Buffington host the Monday blues jam at the Red Lion in High Point on Nov. 17. Hip-hop artist J. White alerted me to a show featuring partner Brandon D and him at Club Rain in Greensboro on Nov. 18, but I see no sign of current activity on the venue’s website, so take your chances. My favorite nights to see live music are before the middle of the work week. Granted that has something to do with getting my assignments in early, but those shows also have a purity that the drunken crush of the Saturday-night social scene can overwhelm. So, if you’re in Greensboro, your best bet for Nov. 18 is Horse Feathers from Portland, Ore. at the Green Bean. In Winston-Salem, 357 String Band joins 6 Day Bender and local host Billie Feather of the bo-stevens and the Darnell Woodies at the Garage on Nov. 18.