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by Jordan Green

Greensboro police located the body of composer Russell Peck off of Whitehurst Road on Saturday. Peck went for a walk on March 1 before a heavy snow storm struck the Triad, and never returned home. Peck, who was 64, worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, recorded at the famed Abbey Road studios. His music was performed by orchestras in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, along with eastern Asian cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong. “I am coming right out of a classical music tradition,” Peck told YES! Weekly in 2006. “I went to see the Motown Revue. It made a big impression on me. I was always into classical music….

Nobody else has what I have. It makes it kind of a provocative mix of popular soul music and dead-white European music.” Tickets for the Shakori Hills festival in Chatham County on April 16-19 are on sale. Highlights this year include bluegrass legends Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys; Algerian rai crossover artist Rachid Taha; Durham rocker Aimee Argote, who performs under the moniker des_ark; and Todd Snider, a folksinger whose emotional range runs from deeply moving to wickedly funny. Old Stone Revue plays an acoustic show at Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Troubadour Patrick Rock shares billing with Mark Kano & Mike Garrigan of the defunct Athenaeum at the Blind Tiger on Thursday. Alice D. Millionaires, Blood Trails, Water Ship Down and Taradactyl work out at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Friday. Malcolm Holcombe plays the early show at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Friday, while the Defibulators and Big Daddy Love work the midnight shift. Also in Camel City on Friday, the Dig appears at Elliott’s Revue, and Pregnancies, Cakes of Light and Apathy Like You Mean It converge on the Werehouse. The musical Jesus Christ Superstar jumps off at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium on Friday and Saturday. Texas albino bluesman Johnny Winter scintillates the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Friday. Four other Greensboro shows go down on Friday: The Five L’s, Hephystus, Zero System, Skywire and Cythera demonstrate crushing force at Greene Street. Braco represents on the Latin tip at the Flatiron. The Malamondos, the Flying Eyes and the Raving Knaves bludgeon rock and roll at the Green Bean. And Anonymous materializes at the Blind Tiger. Instant Jones and the Alcazar Hotel intensify the boys and girls at Brewballs in Burlington on Saturday. Blaine Ziglar & the Phantom Vibrations, Bleumont South and 220 Short interpolate eccentric soul at the Soundvent on Saturday, while Hot Politics, Audioform and Fuzz & Mac work along similar wavelengths at the Garage on Saturday. S. Burns takes off at

Elliott’s Revue on Saturday. The Tony Low Band appears at Tate Street Coffee in Greensboro on Saturday, while Project Tritium and Molly McPherson pair up at the Flatiron in Greensboro, Please Welcome performs at Greene Street, and White Collar Side Show and Deas Vail give praise at Café Jam. Going into Sunday, March 15, the Winfield, the Status, a Clerestory, Barely Blind, Aside Oceans and Trappers, Traders & Mountainmen converge on Greene Street. Old Stone Revue and Yarn celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Garage on March 17. Back in the Gate, St. Patty’s finds the Tim Betts Band at the Blind Tiger, Swampboat at Solaris, Suckerpunch, Stereotype, Rollin Highway and After the Crash at the Pour House, MIB at Chumley’s and MBD at Chumley’s West.

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