The working stiffs might catch a live band on Friday or Saturday, but I like to get out on Wednesday with the lushes, the true believers and the ones lost for this world. If you’re like me, you’ll probably check out Scythian at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro.
Siege the City, Missions and Whimsical Cadaver play the Soundvent in Thomasville on Thursday. Jam-grass fusionists Larry Keel & Natural Bridge get support from Gram Parsons disciples the Radials at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Thursday. The Thursday blues jam at the Flatiron in Greensboro includes a drum workshop with the best of the Greensboro blues bashers: Chuck Cotton, Kelly Pace and Mike Thomas. Electric Soul Pandemic works out at the Blind Tiger on Thursday. A suitably ghoulish lineup converges on the Soundvent on Friday the 13th with a Light Divided, Gillotine, Tattermask and Scarred Remembrance. The Matt O’Ree Band, Rollin’ Highway and Accusing Me keep the party rolling at the Millennium Center on Friday. Promoter Ronnie Lee vouchsafes that O’Ree, fresh from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, is good enough to teach guitar to Bruce Springsteen’s son. Lee considers him a player of the caliber of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Lee & Susan Terry, the Trainwreks and the Houstons hang out at the Garage on Friday, and Puritan Radio surfaces at Elliott’s Revue, while FNBGS and Terrance & the Tall Boys perform at the Werehouse. In case you wondered, all three venues can be found in Winston-Salem. WinterFest ’09 jumps off at Somewhere Else Tavern in Greensboro on Friday and Saturday with Dreamkiller, From This Day, 3 Quarters Dead, a Light Divided, We Are Masked, Curse Your Name and the Ascendicate. Other Greensboro shows on Friday include Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Inflowential Kooly High and Emily Moore at the Blind Tiger; Cartel, the Bigger Lights, Belson and We Shout Goodnight at Greene Street; Sunmile at the Flatiron; and Workday/Schoolnight, America Reads and Chocolate at the Green Bean on Friday. Valentine’s Day happens to fall on Saturday this year. You could probably do a lot worse than the Goners, a Lexington rockabilly-tinged blues outfit playing at the Soundvent, but let’s run down all the options, shall we? Chuck Folds’ Big Bang Boom plays sets at the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum and the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the Movement and Bleumont South make the Millennium Center jump. Old Stone Revue, Johnson’s Crossroad and Dylan Sneed take off at the Garage. Matt Hill & the Buzzkills match transcendent blues fire with total professionalism at Foothills Brewing. The Rhythm Station and Minimal Side Effects get down at the Werehouse. FNBGS brings its adult situations to Elliott’s Revue. That’s all in Winston-Salem; for some reason the Valentine fare is not quite so heavy in Greensboro. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, famed for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, joins Robben Ford and Ruthie Foster for a guitar pull at the Carolina Theatre. Our Horse Jethro, I’ll Think About It and Matty Sheets converge on the Green Bean. On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Dave Fox Group literally goes to church with a set of jazz standards at First United Methodist Church in High Point. The concert is free. Renee Accordion Arozqueta and Spider Octopus team up at Elliott’s Revue, while Subterranean Bums, Molly McGinn, Mystkdog, Vel Indica and the One-Two get together at the Flatiron. 100 Yorktown turns up in the Tuesday-night slot heretofore occupied by Tim Betts at the Blind Tiger on Feb. 17, and Trends, Torch Runner and the Art of Finding Purpose take course at the Maya Art Gallery.