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by Jordan Green

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Open mic with Country Dan Collins kicks off our music week at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. The Greensboro College New Music Ensemble and the college’s music department give free concerts on Wednesday and Thursday respectively at Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. For more information, call 336.272.7102 ext. 321. The Wednesday blues jam takes place at the Clubhouse in Greensboro, while devotees study the form at the Flatiron — also in Gate City — on Thursday. The Three Irish Tenors sing at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Thursday. Big Daddy Love goes all out at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Thursday. The Travisty, Mad Minute, Abandoned Bliss and Searching for Timothy conspire (defined here as “to act in harmony toward a common end”) at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Friday. Steel drummer Tracy Thornton makes his pans sing at Steak Street in High Point on Friday. Stereo Reform jumps off at the Raven in Burlington on Friday. The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band and Kevin Gordon bring a little of Louisiana up to the Piedmont, when they perform at the Garage in Winston-Salem on Friday. I had the pleasure of seeing Gordon perform at the defunct Lynaugh’s Music Emporium back in the mid-’90s. According to my recollection, he was aiming for a combination of the barrelhouse rock and roll of Jerry Lee Lewis and the punk fire of X and came out sounding a little like Bruce Springsteen. Across the street from the Garage, Elliott’s Revue holds up its end of the bargain as a showcase for original music with Buffalo. A Kiss for Jersey plays an acoustic show at the B String guitar shop around the corner on Trade Street in Winston-Salem on Friday. The Bel Canto Company performs its holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays,” on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Dec. 8 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro. To purchase tickets and obtain more information, visit www. belcantocompany.com. Original members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White reconstitute former Mayor Keith Holliday’s favorite prog-rock band, Yes, at the Carolina Theatre on Friday. Benoit David of the Yes tribute band Close to the Edge fills in for original vocalist Jon Anderson, who is reportedly in poor health, and Oliver Wakeman replaced his father, Rick, on keyboards. WUAG 103.1 FM, the sound of Women’s College, presents Ryland Bouchard and Andrew Weathers at the Space on Greensboro’s Tate Street on Friday. The Lee Boys bring the sacred steel tradition to the Blind Tiger. Pinche Gringo, Adam Thorn and Boner Machine make the soundtrack for an art opening at the Green Bean. And Caf’ Jam presents an acoustic showcase. Fast Lane passes by Riders in the Country in Greensboro on Friday and Saturday. Sick Hop: The Wicked Edition goes down at Somewhere Else Tavern on Friday Brown Bag Special, featuring Ed E. Ruger, Ty Bru and DJ Phillie Phresh; BBS; Stitchy C; Astrid Haven; Genghis Khan; Soul Stalkaz; Wicked Wood; and Hellfire Mafia. Parmalee plays the Raven in Burlington on Saturday. The Nondenoms carry the punk-rock torch at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Saturday. If getting drunk at the club isn’t quite your style of grinding, Caf’ Jam on Greensboro’s High Point Road presents what it calls “holy hip hop” on Saturday. Southern Culture on the Skids reminds us that the real South is about fried chicken and gasoline with a little help from Possum Jenkins at Club Oasis in Winston-Salem on Saturday, while the Alternative Champs and Snagglepuss confer at the Garage. The EMF Fringe Series tosses out a double-header on Saturday with Bio Ritmo playing a kids concert at Greensboro Montessori School, and with Bob Margolin and Lawyers, Guns & Money workin’ the mojo at the Greensboro Cultural Center. For more information on both events, visit www.easternmusicfestival. org/fringe. Thacker Dairy Road hits the Blind Tiger on Saturday, as Instant Jones and S. Burns team up at Brewballs in Burlington. The Moramus Chorale leads a carol sing at Gray Auditorium in Winston-Salem on Sunday, Dec. 7. Visit www.moramuschorale.org for more information. If the Lee Boys are allowed to perform sacred steel in that den of inequity known as the Blind Tiger, then I suppose it’s okay for Steep Canyon Rangers to infest Greensboro’s Presbyterian Church of the Covenant with their secular music. The music happens on Sunday, of course. These are confusing times. The Guilford College Choir, joined by soloists James Bumgardner and Hope Thacker, gives a free performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Dana Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 7. Shiela Klinefelter, Chuck Cotton and Terry VunCannon host the Sunday blues jam at Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro on Dec. 7, while Bubba Klinefelter and Tim Buffington preside over the Monday blues jam at the Red Lion in High Point on Dec. 8. Tim Betts and Chris Carroll work out their fate at the Blind Tiger on Dec. 9.

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