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by Ryan Snyder

Tread carefully this April Fool’s Day, lest someone jump out and prank you to death with a tire iron. I don’t want to say that the biggest April Fool’s joke is this week’s local concert lineup, but let’s just consider it the calm before the storm. The next few weeks are going to more than make up for the yawnstipation.

This week’s Thursday night dice roll at the Blind Tiger are young upstarts John Doe & the Runners, a bluesy, funky band that recently formed here in town. You can take a trip out to the sticks to see South Whiskey Road at Riders in the Country, but if you’ve got the biscuits, the Piedmont Old Time Society has the jam at the Flatiron. British folk singer Jack Stafford plays the Green Bean, while American pop rockers the Patrick Rock Band play one of my favorite joints, Fisher’s Grille.

The Dead walked in Greensboro one year ago this time. This week it’s the attack of the clones with Cosmic Charlie at the Blind Tiger. Ed E. Ruger celebrates his birthday at Greene Street Club with the Beasts of the Boro. Brand New Life plays the Green Bean, while Big Daddy Love has their CD release party at the Aquarius Music Hall. Over in Winston-Salem, check out Possum Jenkins with Benyaro and Garage Bear at the Garage.

The Garage brings another nice lineup on Saturday with Esterhazy, Fire Tonight and Woodhead, while Israel Darling, Evelyn Rose and Caleb Caudle rock the Blind Tiger. Feeding the Fire takes on the Green Bean, as Backporch Orchestra, SolFlo and Todd Verts play the Flatiron.

The Blind Tiger looks promising Sunday night with the Smart Brothers and Holy Ghost Tent Revival, or head across the street to Wahoo’s to see Marcus and Keith of the Mantras do the acoustic thing. The Bronzed Chorus returns to town after a national tour to play Studio B with Tartufi and Antartic.

Finally, anyone interested in entertainment networking should check out FSM Monthly Music Review at Greene Street Club, just don’t forget your sketch-o-meter.