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Pot-luck show at Greene Street Club

You’ve sufficiently gorged yourself on holiday leftovers, now it is time to stuff your ears with a veritable smorgasbord of musical collection odds and ends. Greene Street Club will give you all that you can handle to snap you out of your Tryptophan-induced coma with six bands of wildly varying influence on Friday. The Pot Luck Rock Show will be a full night of music featuring some of the most promising local acts around. The evening opens with the multi-layered sounds of Watership Down! (www.myspace.com/watershipdownnc) and the joyfully poppy Winfield (www.myspace.com/winfieldmusic). The music gets a little harder as the night wears on, however, with indie rock-power pop quartet Hip Hip Hello (www.myspace.com/hiphiphello) and storytelling prog-experimentalists Etcetera (www.myspace.com/ etceteranc) holding up the middle slots. The night ends with a (head) bang with nu-metalers Cythera (www.myspace.com/cytheravoyage) and the ultra-grungy trio the Last Hour (www.myspace.com/ thelasthourband). This is an all-ages show with music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Fiddle & Bow Society presents guitarist Jack Williams

Acclaimed folk and roots guitarist Jack Williams (www.jackwilliamsmusic.com) makes his return to Winston-Salem’s Fiddle & Bow Society to kick off the non-profit music preservation center’s 2009 concert calendar on Friday. He’s been called an American treasure by his contemporaries and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary called him the best guitar player he’s ever heard. Williams has performed alongside such folk greats as Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson. In addition, he has also played trumpet in a jazz quartet, banjo and mandolin in various ’60s folk groups, and is an accomplished pedal-steel guitar player. He has six albums to his credit including his latest work Don’t Let Go, a collection of rearranged covers that reflect his major musical influences of his career. The performance begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for Fiddle & Bow Society members.

It’s the most evil way to prevent scurvy

Don’t get any big ideas about making a move on the sultry siren Amber Valentine of black-metal duo Jucifer (www.myspace.com/jucifer); that’s her boyfriend, Edgar Livengood, bashing the skins just behind her. Regardless, she’s incredibly beautiful with a haunting voice to match, which is exponentially enhanced by her crackling guitar that sounds as if it’s a harbinger for the end of the world. Winston-Salem’s Club Oasis will have Jucifer up close and personal on Thursday, and for a band of only two people, they create an amazing depth of sound. Their music is moody, sinister and incredibly loud, though their fourth and most recent album L’Autrichienne varies greatly in its scope of influence. The Other (no biographical information to be found) will be opening the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Ticket information for the event was not available at press time.

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