extended play

by Ryan Snyder

This weekend, the Christian Yelich era begins at NewBridge Bank Park, though given the Grasshoppers’ fortunes he’ll start the game at Single A and finish it at Double A. Greene Street Club brings their own talent to the middle of the order tonight, thankfully without Spaz, with a rock show by 100 Yorktown, Josephine Collective, EnvyUs and Crossing Yellow Lines.

On Thursday, CFBG hosts the Gate City Getdown with DJs Prez and Bonzani, or bust out the devils horns one time for Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ with the Moderate at the Blind Tiger. In Winston-Salem, the Garage has all the Americana you can handle with Lee Terry & the Near Strangers, Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens, Possum Jenkins and the Fur Lined Volcanoes.

Hanesbrands Theatre follows up its stunning performance by Mavis Staples last October this Friday night with a CD release by the Martha Bassett Band. At the Garage, it’s roots-rock with the Lizzy Ross Band, Dark Water Rising and Kennebec. Big Daddy Love, a little less rootsy, a little more rockin’, is at the Old Winston Social Club, and the newgrass is greener with Uncle Mountain at Elliot’s Revue. In Greensboro, the Green Bean hosts a trio of singer-songwriters in Dave Desmelik, Bess Rogers and Valorie Miller. Asking Alexandria, Miss May I, Evergreen Terrace and others play the early show at Greene Street Club, while SOJA, Chris Boomer and the Movement get irie latenight. At CFBG, there’s alt-hip-hop by Fake Mustaches and Woodland Creatures.

It’s a light-hitting Saturday night, but Hanging Thread and the Darnell Woodies play it dark and twangy at the Underground Café. Mudjunkie and Sufference rock electric at the Garage, and Dixie Lee Boxx and Splice Factor are straight out of the garage at Elliot’s Revue.

The Pimps of Joytime rock for a fee, not for free Sunday at the Blind Tiger, and Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, Molly McGinn, the Numbers, Will Ridenour and Laurelyn Dossett do it for charity at Artistika. At the LJVM, 1964 tributes the Beatles to benefit firemen.

On Tuesday, Portland band Aan radicalizes blues and folk at the Green Bean, while the Beauvilles and the Bastard Lovechild of Rock n’ Roll play it dirty and unpretentious at the Garage.