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by Jordan Green

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Taking Back Sunday, the mighty rock band from Long Island fronted by High Pointer Lazzara, headlines the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, with support from Mercy Mercedes, Jonas Sees In Color and Envy on the Coast. Country Dan Collins does his usual open mic at the Garage, also in Cancer City, on Wednesday, and Scott Hyslop performs on the Tannenberg organ at Gray’s Auditorium in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Visit www.oldsalem.org for more information. The pride of Escatawpa, Miss., 3 Doors Down, appears at the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday, accompanied by American Bang and Switchfoot. Steel drummer Tracy Thornton performs at Florence Elementary in High Point on Wednesday and Thursday, and then does his regular gig at Steak Street, also in Furniture City, on Friday. The reunited Snot, Bobaflex, 3 Quarters Dead and the 5 L’s, work out at Club Oasis in Winston-Salem on Thursday. The mighty twin furies of punk rock joined at the hip by a bass player Queen Anne’s Revenge and the Leeves join force for the Dotmatrix Project at the Green Burro in Greensboro on Thursday. Born Mosel, Final Breath and Breakin’ Daylight do it for the kids at the Soundvent in Thomasville on Friday. Jeffrey Dean Foster & the Birds of Prey, the Darnell Woodies and Jew(s) and Catholic(s) perform for Foster’s annual Million Star Hotel benefit show at the Garage on Friday. The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra performs a holiday concert at Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. The 5 L’s migrate east to Greensboro to headline Greene Street, stacked above Curse Your Name, Flick It, the Travisty and Crossfire, on Friday. The Crap Rock All-Stars go to work at the Flatiron in Greensboro on Friday. Listeners are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to Greensboro Urban Ministry. The Christian band (from Pilot Mountain) a Kiss for Jersey plays all Christmas songs with Yearling at the Harbor in Winston-Salem on Friday Gillotine, From This Day, Keg and Seventh Denial play the Soundvent on Saturday. Paleface and Holy Ghost Tent Revival co-bill at the Garage on Saturday. St. Peter Pocket Veto, Divets, Space Mammal and the Tape Is Now the Music plug in and rock out at the Dada Doll House in Winston-Salem on Saturday. The reunited Cravin’ Melon, a South Carolina band that went into retirement in 2001, resurfaces at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro on Saturday. I Am the Abomination, the Breathing Process, Lewis vs. Clark, Anesan, Siegethecity and Awesome at the Market Street Music Hall in Greensboro on Saturday. It’s a great hall, with a generous stage, impressive sound system, well appointed bar and Colombian restaurant. You’ll have to overlook the anomaly of metal bands crowding into a club that normally pulses with Latin dance music. Nyos and Colossus rawk the Flatiron on Saturday. The Greensboro Christian music venue Café Jam showcases Death Proof (get it?), Zuriel, Seizing Perfection and 1,000 Shields on Saturday. Wrath & Rapture, Rapture Cabaret, Faith & Ashes and Acirema converge on Club Oasis on Sunday, Dec. 21. Tim Betts and Chris Carroll appear at the Blind Tiger on Dec. 23, and Tyler Rhodes hosts the weekly Tuesday open mic at the Claddagh Bar & Restaurant in High Point on Dec. 23, the eve of Christmas Eve.

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