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Hobnobbing in the Camel City, parking at the Garage

by Mark Burger

Last Saturday was a non-stop shindig in and around Winston-Salem, starting with the Heartland music festival at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons all day long, and followed by the bo-stevens’ CD release party that night at the Garage.

A Little More Road is the band’s second CD, and consists of 14 country tunes performed by the Triad-based quintet: Richard Boyd, Billie Feather, Greg Bell, Mark Peurifoy and Jeff Shu.

According to Shu, making the album took a bit longer than anticipated, but patience is not without its virtues.

“It was a long-term project, but we think it was worth it,” he says. “It’s been a long road and we’ve gone through a few changes, but nobody’s spontaneously combusted yet.”

Feather, who joined the band a little over a year ago, believes that the album reflects the preparation, effort and care that went into the making of it.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” she says. “I think it shows we took time on it.”

Joined by Hickry Hawkins and Hearts & Daggers for a fun-filled Garage bash, the bo-stevens played selections from the new album, long-time favorites and an impressive rendition of the Johnny Cash classic “Ring of Fire” that really got the audience going. (Some of us were gone before we got there.)

Much like Spinal Tap, the bo-stevens have toured the world and elsewhere – and they’re coming to a venue near you.

The bo-stevens’ incredible tour continues with a private party this week at the Greensboro Coliseum, an appearance at Rock the Block in Winston-Salem on Sept. 21 and another performance at the Dixie Classic Fair, also in Winston-Salem, on Sept. 28.

For more information about the band and the new CD, see thebostevens.com.

In addition to being one of Winston-Salem’s foremost destinations for live music and entertainment, the Garage is also one of the area’s best venues for screenings of offbeat, avant-garde, independent cinema.

The Garage’s Tuesday Night Film Series – Movies on the “Big Screen @ The Garage” returns this fall – much as college students do to the region – with a wild and woolly selection of independent, avant-garde and offbeat feature films.

The movies will be shown every Tuesday night beginning at 9 p.m. and, unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

The series tunes up Sept. 18 with Alexandra Lipsitz’s award-winning documentary feature Air Guitar Nation. Jasmine Dellal’s award-winning Gypsy Caravan will have its North Carolina premiere Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 (admission is $5). Zach Niles and Banker White’s documentary The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, which won the Documentary Award at the 2005 AFI Fest, will be shown Oct. 9.

On Oct. 16, director Christopher Metzler, who co-directed the award-winning Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea with Jeff Springer, will be on hand to discuss the film, which is narrated by John Waters. Admission is $5.

Fatih Akin’s award-winning Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul will be screened Oct. 23, followed by Andrew Douglas’ Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus on Oct. 30.

“I’m happy we’ve put together a music-related series,” says the ubiquitous Richard Emmett. “It’s something new and fun.”

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