Sept. 15, 2010 12:00

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Loudon Wainwright celebrates the legacy of Charlie Poole in Eden

Essentially, Charlie Poole was like Hank Williams before there really was a Hank Williams. The hard-drinkin’, hard-pickin’ NC-born Poole (he’s from Spray) practically set the standard for the self-destructive iconoclast within the context of popular music as we know it. He was also one of the most influential voices in all of early 20 th century music, providing the musical template for not only sad-song troubadours like Williams, but furious pickers like Bill Monroe as well. His legacy is celebrated every summer in his hometown, now known as Eden, at the Charlie Poole Music Festival, but Wainwright will bring Poole’s music to stage at the Governor Morehead Park on Saturday, Sept. 25 in a special celebration of one of North Carolina’s greatest native sons. No one is more of a student of Poole than singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, whose album High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project earned him a Grammy, though it’s his quirky sense of humor that endears him to everyone lucky enough to hear him perform. Many will recognize Wainwright through his deadpan role as the OB/GYN in Knocked Up, though his namesake is also carried forth by his outstanding progeny, Rufus and Martha. Deadline to reserve tickets is Monday, Sept. 20, and can be had through www.charlie-poole.com. Reservations are $25 per seat and $200 for a full table.

One band to see at each Rock the Block stage

So many choices, so little time to decide. Rock the Block 2010, happening Saturday, has a ton to see and hear, so to maximize your blockrocking experience with this handy dandy guide to weeding out the suckers. If Chris Paul knew his namesake stage would be riddled with autotuned R&B hacks and bad rappers, he might have reconsidered.

That said, Fayetteville’s Chairman CEO is the real deal and has a flow reminiscent of Jay Electronica. He’s on at 3:15 p.m. The Upperlineup closes out the Jazz Stage at 9:15 p.m., and their Chick Corea-influenced sound deserves a listen. On the curiously named Spanish Rock Stage, brought to you by Chipotle Mexican Grill (come on, really?), Latino rockers Baco fuse Manu Chao psychedelia with crunchy guitars. The Jane Dear Girls are pretty hot, and that in and of itself deserves a mention. They close out the Country Stage at 8:45 p.m. One of North Carolina’s greatest bluesmen, Big Ron Hunter, lights a fire on the Blues Stage at 5:15 p.m., which ends in time to see Sam Robinson’s Five Gallon Groove throw some gasoline on it on the Rock Stage at 5:45 p.m. As for the Beach Music Stage, you’re respectfully on your own.

John Howie, Jr. and his sweetheart at the Green Bean

It’s hard to imagine a more ideal way to spend a Tuesday evening than sipping coffee and listening to the lonesome country sounds of John Howie, Jr.’s new project the Sweethearts. Unlike his rough-and-tumble honky tonk band the Rosewood Bluff, Howie’s commanding baritone is deployed a little more… well, sweetly in this incarnation with Darnell Woodie and his own sweetheart, bassist Billie Feather. The band also includes pedal-steel player Nathan Golub of the Rosewood Bluff. The night won’t be without a little bit of rock and roll, though, as opening for Howie will be the Dallas-based country rockers Somebody’s Darling. Front woman Amber Farris has been described as Loretta Lynn, kd Lang and Janis Joplin all rolled into one, so it seems only natural that she throws the occasional Joplin cover into her bands set. The show starts this Tuesday at around 8 p.m. and as always, donations are greatly welcomed at the door.

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