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RYAN’S FORECAST

by Ryan Snyder

Four on the floor at Greene Street

House of Fools Greene Street Club has a rather compelling local and regional indie rock revue planned for this Friday. Local favorites House of Fools (www. myspace.com/houseoffools) and Holy Ghost Tent Revival (www.myspace.com/hgtr) headline a show that features Scranton-based swing fusionists And the Moneynotes (www.myspace.com/drhorsemachine), along with a rather interesting band out of Asheville called Due Panic (www.myspace.com/duepanic).I’m not going to compare them to Radiohead outright, because that wouldjust be silly. However, their brand of rock music does have a veryatmospheric quality with an experimental edge, and lead vocalist andguitarist Matt Coffay vocals possess a highly Thom Yorke-liketremble to it. This show will be their Greensboro debut, as the band iscurrently playing throughout North and South Carolina, TennesseeGeorgia and Virginia before embarking on a full tour later this year.They’re working on a debut album to be released in the fall, which willdefinitely be one to keep on your radar. Doors for this one open at 8 p.m. for ages 16 and up. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Drama Queens take over the Garage

Of course this space is generally reserved for music, but rules are made to be ignored. That’sparticularly applicable when one of the most prominent live musicvenues in the Triad takes an entire weekend off from jamming to partakein the glory of the theater. The Garage is presenting the hilarious and profoundly startling Off-Broadway smash Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which also won several awards for its hit film adaptation. It’sthe story of “internationally-ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, afourthwall smashing, East German rock goddess who also happens to bethe victim of a sex-change operation gone horribly wrong. Thisis obviously where the “angry inch” comes into play, though it’s alsothe name of Hedwig’s hard-rocking backing band. So to mildly contradictmy opening statement: Yes, there will actually be a lot of live music. The cast features UNC School of the Arts drama students Chris French and Aleque Reid asHedwig and drag queen Yitzhak, Hedwig’s ambiguous significant other,respectively, with the cast rounded out by their fellow students in therole of the band. This production is independent of the school, withfunding obtained by the players and producers primarily through grants.The show opens Friday at 11 p.m. and continues with two more performances on Saturday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., before the finale on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for students and $12 for the general public.

P-Groove plans Winston show

It’s here at last. Live, outdoor music has returned to the Triad and the season begins with one of the most exciting live acts on the road today. Perpetual Groove (www.pgroove.com) will rock Corpening Plaza in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, April 1. Yes, that is April Fool’s Day and no, this is not a joke.

The Athens, Ga. jam band will bring their experimentations in live 5.1 concert surround sound, an intensely retina-blinding light show, and strong band-fan connection to the heart of downtown Winston, where they played two electric shows around this time last year. Fronted by guitarist Brock Butler, this eclectic foursome draws from a diverse array of influences such as traditional Southern rock, funk, jazzy improvisation and indie rock. The band literally became an overnight sensation after an electric nighttime performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival drew more than 20,000 fans into their tent.

The buzz started when the festival sent attendees home with its 2003 sampler CD, which included P-Groove’s first single “TSM2” and their popularity ballooned from there. The show is being presented by the good folks from Ziggy’s, so the timing of this show brings the promise of an outstanding spring and summer lineup on their behalf. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and it’s an all-ages show.

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