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by Jordan Green

The Flying Anvil is back! But like the most classic resurrection, the return of the celebrated music venue will only last but a brief moment. For just one night on Feb. 10 the Anvil will open to present the Dave Rawlings Machine featuring Gillian Welch. Tickets can be purchased at the Green Bean and Natty Greene’s. The only explanation provided by co-owner Pete Schroth is this: “As surprised as you are.”

Troubadour Bruce Piephoff will be playing a pair of Greensboro shows in February to mark the release of his new album, Sogni d’Oro. Catch him at the Green Bean on Feb. 9, and at the Lager Haus on Feb. 16. Scott Manring backs him on guitars, mandolin and banjo for both gigs, and Pat Lawrence will play bass at the Green Bean show.

For the week coming up, Moonshine Jenny, a Southern rock outfit from Charlotte will be cooking up the Brunswick stew at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Friday finds the hip hop-heads battling for the right to represent with Coolio at Greene Street in Greensboro. The contenders include Ed E. Ruger, Illpo, StitchyC, Ty Bru, Constantine and J. Timber. Coolio and the appointed local champion deliver the verbiage on May 4. On Sunday, the New Jack Reunion Tour will convene Guy, Blackstreet, Tony! Toni! Tone! and After 7 at the Greensboro Coliseum. That same night the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be at the Carolina Theatre. We trust this won’t present a conflict for anyone.

Despite the fact that the weather has actually started to feel like winter after a spooky run of days in the sixties and seventies, we can already feel the thaw with a host of big music events in the planning stages.

In support of a new album slated for release in early April, Nashville recording artist Martina McBride will be hitting the road in a tour that will bring her to the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem on June 1. Also on the national-act tip, Chicago is scheduled to play War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro on March 9. Greensboro’s city-run entertainment complex will also showcase the Temptations and the Four Tops (no word on how many of the original members will be onstage) on March 8 and country artist Kenny Chesney on April 19.

The Lake Eden Arts Festival, otherwise known as LEAF, has announced an early lineup for its spring 2007 festival in Black Mountain on May 11-13. Visit their website at theleaf.com for early-bird discounts. The roots music conclave includes Arlo Guthrie, Canada’s Duhks, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, beach music legends Chairmen of the Board, bluegrass pickers Chatham County Line and Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys.

The movable feast that is the North Carolina Piedmont’s jam-band scene will convene at the most urbane of locations, Greensboro’s Empire Room, on Feb. 24 with the appearance of the Everyone Orchestra. The Orchestra may be the world’s only jam super group, with a rotating cast of players that this time out includes Matt Butler, Jeff Sipe, Steve Kimock, Jeff Coffin and Tanya Shylock – who collectively have done time with Phil & Friends, Trey Anastasio and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

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