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FORECAST: Bicentennial celebration, WUAG’s Style in Stereo

by Heather MacIntyre

No need for pulling your hair out trying to make decisions. I have relieving news for all of you. Heather Mac saves the day yet again; I’ve put together your schedule for the weekend:

Friday begins the first night of the bi-centennial celebration downtown full of music, food and events. Starting at 8 p.m. at the Special Events Center of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex – it’s time to dance. Dress in your favorite decade and enjoy live music from the Rob Massengale Band (robmassengale.com) and an ’80s tribute show (80zenuff.com) until midnight. Yummy food booths will be set up, standing for many of Greensboro’s restaurants (of all time periods). The celebration continues into the next night downtown in Hamburger Square on Elm for the Urban Sophisticates (urbansophisticates.com), Holy Ghost Tent Revival (hgtrmusic.com) and an all-time favorite 2001-climax band, Athenaeum (myspace.com/athenaeumnet). No need to travel out of town to a music festival, this city has it covered for all genres of music lovers. Throughout the day on Saturday, be prepared for over fifteen performances. The festival runs all weekend. For more information, visit Greensboro200.com.

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Fashion? Radio? Concert? Models? It’s 103.1 WUAG’s 5th annual Style In Stereo in the Cone Ballroom on UNCG’s campus at 8 p.m., but try to get your tickets ahead of time at uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice. Everyone who buys a ticket receives WUAG’s newly released Wooden Anniversary compilation album with his or her admission. This year’s live show will include Greensboro math-rockers the Bronzed Chorus (myspace.com/thebronzedchorus), jazzy Solid Gold and hip hop from Median (myspace.com/mediansrelief) with the Remix Project. Each band will represent a different fashion theme that designers specifically created for that performance. This year’s themes include: metropolitan, botanical and algebra. Every year this has pretty much sold out. So, what measly excuse do you have to not attend a fashion/rock show on a Saturday night? Need another reason? Well, I’m modeling in it. The show is just $10, $8 for students. For more information, visit wuag.net.

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So it’s time to publicly admit my swooning, star-struck soft spot for Spoon (myspace.com/spoon). How’s that for alliteration? Their latest album came out on North Carolina’s Merge Records (mergerecords.com) at the end of 2007 entitled Ga Ga Ga Ga. You’ve probably had their tunes stuck in your head from soundtracks like Stranger Than Fiction, Wedding Crashers, even TV shows like “The OC” and NBC’s “Chuck”. I have to give it to them, so far in my (debatably short) life, they have won my heart for best live show. If you believe in rock and roll, if music saves your mortal soul and if you can teach me how to dance real slow, Spoon is waiting for you Sunday night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham (carolinatheatre.org).

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