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TRIAD MUSIC FEST OPENS AT HANESBRANDS THEATRE

There’s another Triad Music Fest in town, but this one is in no way related to the Lupe “Fiasco” that went down last September at the NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro. The properly-titled Triad Music Festival is itself a festival celebrating the talent inherent in the community, rather than the dollar potential a promoter thinks is capable of being extracted by a slapdash lineup. Hosted by Winston-Salem’s SoundLizzard Productions, the kickoff show will happen this Friday at the Hanesbrands Theatre with a trio of local artists who’ve mostly cut their teeth with the help of that very studio. Small Town Gossip is a lively folk-pop outfit featuring the virtuoso guitarist Daniel Seriff, alt-country by Wurlitzer Prize with Molly McGinn of Amelia’s Mechanics and Dave Willis and Jared Church of Possum Jenkins, and also songwriter Lacy Green. An after-party immediately follows, as those things tend to do, at the Old Winston Social Club with acoustic music by Daphne Nichols, Morgan McPherson and T. Matthew Jackson, and the festival wraps up at the Garage after a gear swap at the Community Arts Theatre with the Vagabond Saints Society performing Jethro Tull’s Aqualung in its entirety. For more info, visit rhodesartscenter.org.

ESTRANGERS AND A DEBUT AT BLACK LODGE

Astrophysicist Robert Goddard once wrote, “When old dreams die, new ones come to take their place,” and that idea has already played out in the Winston-Salem music scene after the withdrawal of Elliott’s Revue from the venue canon. Its void has already been filled by the Ancient Accepted Order of the Black Lodge, or Black Lodge for short, a DIY space on Brookstown Avenue championed and managed by members of the defunct Camel City synthpunk band Love Craft. The authors of one of the best North Carolina releases of 2011 had an unassailable spatial mastery to their sound that’s been imparted into the new space, an outwardly nondescript warehouse under an I-40 overpass. It officially opened back in early December and it’s already serving as the launching pad for new music, most immediately that of Ramps, a project formed by Krankies co-owner Mitchell Britt, Jay Dunbar of Futurenature, Ian Lockey of Burglar F**ker and Tim Nolan. They’ll kick off the first annual Black Snow Ball, if that sweet 8-bit tuxedo shirt from Woot arrived after New Year’s Eve, here’s the venue for it. Normal tuxes and gowns are also welcome. Ramps is supporting lo-fi/fuzz-pop band Estrangers this Friday, who will play their first show since the release of their excellent EP Black Ballroom. Cover is $5 and the music starts whenever.

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