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by Ryan Snyder

There’s a rather short slate of shows this week thanks to Labor Day Weekend, but the fall season is looking ripe for what it’s worth. Hey, did you hear that the Ziggy’s folks booked Sublime for October? It seems that Jay Stephens has brought both Bradley Nowell and the LJVM back to life in one fell swoop. :rimshot: If you’re in need of some midday caffeination, pour yourself un copa de Brazilian jazz as Expresso Brazil play Tunes at Noon in Center City Park. Later tonight, the Green Bean hosts the Musical Playhouse, an open jazz night featuring some of the guys from the Brand New Life, just tread lightly around the barista. She’s the combustible type.

The Mumbles are a great New Orleans duo with a cool cover of Tom Waits’ “Cold Water” in their repertoire, and they’ll play the resurgent Blind Tiger with Doc Aquatic on Thursday. At the Green Bean, Washington state folkestra Generifus performs with like-minded fellows Hidden Lake Park and Andrew Weathers Ensemble.

This week’s big show comes in the form of Trey Songz and Monica at War Memorial Auditorium on Friday. No thanks. Secret Message Machine host their CD Release at the Green Bean with Hidden Lake Park and Ghost Beach, while friends of YES! Weekly Decoration Ghost, Hammer No More the Fingers and the Bronzed Chorus play First Friday at Center City Park. In Winston-Salem, the Raving Knaves and Kavish take on Elliot’s Revue.

Speaking of Ziggy’s, Corey Smith will perform literally on top of its old location on Saturday. The Raving Knaves return for a date with the Othermothers and the Nondenoms at the Blind Tiger. A better choice would be to head on over to Snow Camp to see the great Ralph Stanley & his Clinch Mountain Boys at Cane Creek Campground. Don’t let the pop-rock designation scare you away from Russell Howard’s show at the Green Bean. It’s solid, catchy stuff. It was only four months ago that the Independent Weekly rang the death knell of Little Brother, but the seminal NC hip-hop group, featuring Winston- Salem’s own 9 th Wonder, is back at the Cat’s Cradle.

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