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by Jordan Green

I just saw the Dead: Ain’t no time to hate, barely time to wait. Sol Driven Train plays the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Wednesday.

The 7 th annual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance runs Thursday through Sunday, April 19 in Chatham County. (See Ryan Snyder’s Forecast for more detail on page 48.) Featured performers include Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Donna the Buffalo, Rachid Taha, Jim Lauderdale, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, the Old Ceremony, Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, Todd Snider, the Horse Flies and Justin Townes Earle. I only found three Triad bands in the lineup this year: Butterflies, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Songs of Water. Not surprisingly, the Triangle is better represented, with Hobex, Orquesta GarDel, Midtown Dickens, Lost in the Trees, Birds & Arrows, Sweet By and By, Des Ark (AKA Aimee Argote solo), Lafcadio, Big Fat Gap, Colors of Flying, the Howie DeWitt Band, Lonesome Heart, Old 86, Sarah Shook, Scatterbones, Rootzie and the Beast. Other performers include Ray Abshire, Birds & Arrows, Boulder Acoustic Society, Billy Two Rivers & David Reavis, Christabel & the Jons, Mamadou Diabate, the Firehouse Rhythm Kings, Preston Frank, Eric Ginsburg, the Howie DeWitt Band, Michael Hurley, Eileen Jewell, Kelley & the Cowboys, Amy LaVere, Lunch Money, Pura Fe & the Deer Clan Singers, the Red Hots, Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers, the Steep Canyon Rangers, stephaniesid, Sweet By & By, the New Familiars, the Overtakers, the Red Hots, Town Mountain and Shannon Whitworth. Only Living Boy plays Elliott’s Revue in Winston-Salem on Thursday. Vel Indica plays the Blind Tiger on Thursday. KEG, Gillotine and Fight For a Pacifist form a triumvirate of sorts at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Friday. The Alan Neese Jazz Project appears at the Dan River Coffee House in Madison on Friday. Sci Fi surfaces at the Red Lion in High Point on Friday. Kevin Gordon, the bo-stevens and Richard Sherfey & All God’s Children bring the roots gospel to the Garage on Friday. The Kyle Colina Jazz Project appears at the Hideout Bar in Winston-Salem on Friday, and Pacifico appears at Elliott’s Revue. Leon Russell tickles the ivories at Greene Street in Greensboro on Friday. Laura Reed & Deep Pocket and Hot Politics work up a sweat at the Blind Tiger on Friday. Also in the Gate City on Friday, Amy LaVere appears Studio B, while Andrew Weathers and Andrew Marino Conversion share billing at the Maya Art Gallery. Bleumont South and Hellfire Mafia set it off at the Soundvent on Saturday. The UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra performs at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem on Saturday. Maestro Ransom Wilson conducts Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio and Brahm’s Symphony No. 1, and guest soloist Timothy Fain performs Richard Danielpour’s Violin Concerto. Alt-Nashville songwriters Don Henry, Sally Barris and Tom Kimmel perform in the round for the early show at the Garage on Saturday. The late show features Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets and 500 Miles to Memphis. FNBGS, Sugar High Gang and Mad Happy at the Werehouse in Winston- Salem on Saturday. FNBGS is also listed at Elliott’s Revue on Saturday. Impressive if true, but greater feats of logistics have been performed. Robin Thicke and Jennifer Hudson appear at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s Special Events Center on Saturday, while the Greensboro Tarheel Chorus performs at the Carolina Theatre. The Family Eversole and Swampboat perform at the Blind Tiger, and Jence sets off a howling rock-and-roll inferno at Plum Krazy’s in Greensboro. Irata, Freedom Hawk and Mariner Fend Martyr play the Flatiron in Greensboro on Saturday. The hip-hop world of Ed E. Ruger, Stitchy C, Ty Bru, and Nugget collides with the rock universe of Dreamkiller and Fight For a Pacifist at the Somewhere Else Tavern in Greensboro on Saturday. Dreamkiller returns the following day, Sunday, April 19, with a gig at Club Oasis in Winston-Salem. 1-A-Chord performs at Annie Merner Pheiffer Chapel on the campus of Bennett College in Greensboro on April 19. The Becca Stevens Band, Proclivities and the Firehouse Rhythm Kings appear at the Garage on April 21. The Spartones, a UNCG a capella group, appear at Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro on April 21, and the Gray Hackelman Quartet plays jazz at the Green Burro the same night.

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