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by Ryan Snyder

Just think, if we were in Arizona, you’d be deported for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with the Raving Knaves, Braco, A Brand New Life, DJ Flav, DJ Yona, DJ Harley Lyles and DJ84 at Artistika tonight.

On Thursday, the Old Ceremony kicks off the Eastern Music Festival’s ArtBeat at Triad Stage, while the Piedmont Old Time Society kicks out the jam at the Flatiron. Nashville rockers Moon Taxi throw down at the Blind Tiger, while CFBGs gets funky with the Sweatbox party. Over at the Green Bean, folk singer Abbie Barrett kicks off their dynamite weekend lineup.

Hallelujah for outdoor music. Amelia’s Mechanics kick off Center City Park’s Friday Night Live in Greensboro with Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands and a very special guest. If you’re down for Larry Keel and Adam Aijala at the Triad Stage, arrive early for young’uns Wide Open Strings picking in the lobby. The Winston-Salem Skulls Car Club presents Camel City Shakedown with Matt Walsh, the bo stevens, the Go Devils and Translyvania Transport Company at the Garage. Get your Zeppelin fix with Kashmir at the Blind Tiger, or go to the Aquarius Music Hall for Five Gallon Groove and stay for Bucky Covington and Katelyn Marks. Avant-garde fans should flock to see the Physics of Meaning, Andrew Weathers and Hidden Lake Park at the Green Bean, while heehawers note that Shane Thomas in the house at Arizona Pete’s all weekend. Also, a nod to Grown Up Avenger Stuff at Somewhere Else Tavern and the soulful Justin Trawick at 6th & Vine.

Has there ever been a more fitting name for a band? If you didn’t get your picks at MerleFest, there will be a sighting of the amazing Seldom Scene at Denton Farm Park on Saturday. Like your roots electric? Go for the New Familiars and Paleface at the Blind Tiger. The Chris Lane Band at the Aquarius Music Hall. Nowadays it’s only for Jesus, but Montell Jordan will still show you how we do it at the War Memorial Auditorium.

Don’t be scared to throw down harder than you ever have before with the Glitch Mob at Greene Street Club Monday night. They’ll be supported by dubsteppers Free the Robots and Deru. Tuesday brings alt-rockers Carolina Liar and Alpha Rev to Greene Street Club, while surprisingly enough, pop-rockers Jonas Sees in Color with guests Time and Distance make a stop at the Garage.

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