First-round auditions for Triad Idol take place April 24-26 at Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro and April 25-26 at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem. Visit www. triadidol.org for more information. Christian artists Chris Tomlin and Israel Houghton & New Breed at Joel Coliseum Theatre, the a capella group Chapter 6 appears at the Stevens Center at the UNC School of the Arts, and 2nd Revolution takes a turn at Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem on Thursday. The New Familiars and No Strings Attached bring twin-engine folk music to the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday. 21 Differences, Pandemonium, Scarred Remembrance, He Came With a Vengeance and Peter’s Shadow throw down at the Soundvent on Friday. Big Ron Hunter plays the early show at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Friday. The late shift is held down by Jerry Chapman of the Evil Herbavoires; the Saving Graces, whose Michael Slawter maintains the excellent NC Music History blog; and Mark Kano, late of Athenaeum. Also in Cancer City on Friday, Instant Jones gets theirs at Elliott’s Revue and the Thermatones raise the temperature at the Hideout Bar. Sunny Ledfurd rocks Greene Street, and Outformation swings through the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Friday. Fair Warning raises hail at Rider’s In the Country in Greensboro on Friday and Saturday. The Alice D. Millionaires, Man-Eating Machines, Fight for a Pacifist and One Street Melody share billing at the Soundvent on Saturday. GT Summerlin appears at JP Looney’s in Oak Ridge on Saturday. The punks square off against the greasers for a rumble at the Garage on Saturday with Nightmare Sonata and Dirty South doubleteaming the Tremors. My money’s on the greasers cos the Tremors have that huge-ass bass player. Elliott’s Revue showcases Renee Accordion Arozqueta on Saturday. Old Southern Moonshine Revival celebrates the release of its new CD at Greene Street in Greensboro on Saturday. The Othermothers, the ’80s new-wave band that recorded “88 Seconds (I Wanna Go to the Rodeo),” a glib commentary on the 1979 Morningside Massacre, reunites for a show at the Green Bean on Saturday. Sharing the bill is Sin Tax, a band that pays tribute to the newwave era in style and attitude. Chapel Hill’s the Never headlines the bill at Studio B in Greensboro on Saturday, with Lost In the Trees, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Corduroy Road. Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets meet Monument at the Maya Art Gallery in Greensboro on Saturday, and Instant Jones, S. Burns and Switchblade join forces at the Flatiron. The Alan Neese Jazz Project makes noise at Walker’s Bar, Omega Spark celebrates his new CD with the Gate Keeperz and Jaims at CafÃ© Jam, and Lyn Koonce displays her vocal prowess at Winestyles. Bob Margolin turns up with Matt Hill and Chuck Cotton at Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro on Saturday. The Dead begin their reunion tour at the Greensboro Coliseum on Easter Sunday [See page 16]. The Mantras play the after-party at the Blind Tiger. The second round of the “Headbang for the Highway Battle for Music for a Weapon” features Agony Drags On,
Convalescence,Fed to the Forest, Fifth Column, Frail-T, Inviolate, Lewis vs. Clark,Man-Eating Machines, Three Cheers for Texas and Zero System on Sunday, April 12 at Club Rain inGreensboro. The winner of the April 12 contest performs with Disturbed,Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Lacuna Coil, Suicide Silence and Bury YourDead at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte on April 13. Chris Velan and Joshua Panda & the Murder Ballads work the Garage in Winston-Salem on April 14, while the Gray Hackelman Quartet plays jazz at the Green Burro in Greensboro.