extended play

by Ryan Snyder

The closer we get to Christmas, the thinner the concert agenda gets. There’s still a lot to see, starting with a trio of vocalists that includes Alice Gerrard, Laurelyn Dossett and Diana Jones at Triad Stage tonight.

Scintillating jazz-fusion drummer Jeff Sipe and his trio are just about the only game in town this Thursday at the Blind Tiger.

For Friday, beloved NC pop-rockers Athenaeum reunite at the Blind Tiger, or get your string music fix with Deluge and special guest Kent Dunn’s Nawlins Boys Quintet and Jerry Chapman’s Mediocre Bad Guys the same night at the Garage. Headbangers should check out Resist, Across My Eyes, Scott Leftwich and the Atarians and Porno Red at the SoundVent on Friday. Sunny Ledfurd plays Greene Street Club, while Three Brained Robot, Ghost to Falco and CJ Boyd make you feel a bit smarter at Maya Art Gallery. Holy Hell & the Hangovers perform at Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, while the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Messiah Festival Chorus performance of Handel’s Messiah at Centenary United Methodist Church provide the un-ironic alternative Friday and Saturday. Rocky Yelton & the Hired Guns play Friday and Saturday at Johnny & June’s.

For Saturday, Joe G’s Cover Band Explosion blows up at the Blind Tiger, or focus on the Dickensian aspect at Greene Street. The Green Bean has a great one with Hammer No More the Fingers and Astronomers, while the SoundVent presents Tetrarch, Within the Fear, KEG and Gillotine. Brewballs in Burlington has a great bill with Instant Jones and Alcazar Hotel, while the Lettermen sing pop standards at the Stevens Center.

Sam Frazier presents Piedmont Songbag at the Blind Tiger on Sunday, while Buffalo with guest Old Time Mountain String Band end this calendar cycle on Tuesday at the Garage.