Tate Street Coffee welcomes Jeff and Benares, 103.1 WUAG show set

by Heather MacIntyre

I always complain about there not being enough shows on Tate Street. It’s such a trendy area with perfect location by the university and restaurants – it just never made sense. I suppose I just miss Gate City Noise. This Friday, however, you can schmooze and hang while enjoying tunes on Tate. The acoustic folk duo from Lewisburg, WV known as Jeff and Benares ( will be performing some good roots music and storytelling at Tate Street Coffee ( The newly released Sweet Apple Grows On The Sour Apple Tree contains a dozen or so heart-driven Americana tunes that they are currently performing on their summer tour. Their live show consists of a wide range of guitars, fiddles, accordions, banjos and a mandolin to add the mountain feel you won’t be able to escape. The 8 p.m. show is free, but I suggest buying some coffee and making a donation to the band.

A last-minute show has been set up for Sunday at Square One (1400 Glenwood Ave.) in Greensboro by 103.1 WUAG ( and co-presented by Lookalive Booking. Around 5 p.m. the show will start with a solo performance by Renee Mendoza of Filthy Bird ( Other performances include Winston-Salem’s psychedelic Bolmongani (, which is also a part of Paik ( and Greensboro’s Will Ridenour ( The real steal of the evening comes in for Oakley Hall ( that will be headlining the show. Though the band currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, guitar and vocalist Rachel Cox originates from the Triad and western North Carolina. Oakley Hall is known for their laid-back performance style, perfect to enjoy on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

Whoever said great concerts were only for weekends? Certainly not the Time Warner Music Pavillion, as they are breaking this rule almost every week this summer. This Tuesday Michael Stipe will make Warner Brothers proud by rocking out for Carolina; REM ( will be traveling right from Ontario, Canada to Raleigh for a show presented by Livenation. Accompanying these stars, will be Modest Mouse ( and opening the evening, Brooklyn’s own the National ( Last time Modest Mouse came to the Triad, they were close to selling out the coliseum with Man Man. Now they are a big fish in an ocean known as the REM tour. Quite the opportunity. The full, quirky and obscure music that all three bands have to offer are more than worth the hour-long drive. For tickets and more show information: