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JOHNNY CASH TURNS 78 AT THE GARAGE

Some say that country music died on the day that Johnny Cash did, but with the Man in Black’s 77th birthday just around the corner, it’s time to reclaim the word from the rhinestone cowboys this Friday and Saturday at the Garage. Cash Bash 8 will bring the best in local and regional country, rockabilly and nitty-gritty folk musicians in to celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest American songwriters of all time. The event opens Friday night at 8:30 p.m. with Loose Lugnuts, the bo-Stevens (www.myspace. com/thebostevens), Transylvania Transport Co., Jem Crossland, Hank Sinatra (www.myspace.com/hankx) and Hearts and Daggers (www. heartsanddaggers.com). It continues Saturday at 7 p.m. with a solo performance by John Howie Jr. (www.myspace.com/rosewoodbluff), Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed (www.myspace.com/mcgeehollowspeed), Tommy Ray & the Rayguns (www.myspace.com/tommyrayrayguns), Gojira X (www.gojira-x.com), Elsa Cross, Kenneth Brian, and finally the Defilers (www.myspace.com/thedefilers). Each night requires a separate ticket, which are $10.

JAY-Z DISSES HAITI TRIBUTE, PLAYS GREENSBORO COLISEUM

There are more than a handful of reasons to love all that is Jay-Z. For starters, he turned down an offer to take part in the 25th anniversary remake of the extravagantly cheesy “We Are the World,” simply because he saw the original as simply being “untouchable.” That he also equated such an overdone bit of Hollywood largesse with “Thriller” speaks to his continued distancing from anything resembling street cred. It also might have been bad form for him to partake in the AutoTuned singing alongside Lil Wayne and Will.I.Am after he officially declared it dead on The Blueprint 3.0, because you know there’s no way he was actually going to sing amidst the likes of Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand. If one should need another reason to love Jay-Z, do it because the man with the most No. 1 albums by a solo artist is performing at the Greensboro Coliseum this Sunday. You don’t have to make the trip to Raleigh or Charlotte; he’s right in your own backyard. The Jigga Man himself will be joined by R&B songster Trey Songz and rapper Young Jeezy, possibly the only rapper in history to be aggrieved by a typo in one of his songs, namely “Soul Survivor.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $99.00 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

REPORTS OF GORDON LIGHTFOOT’S DEATH HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED

If you spent any time in Canada last week, you might have heard that Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot (www.lightfoot.ca) had died. Otherwise, you might just be wondering who the hell is Gordon Lightfoot. With a career spanning more than 40 years, he’s one of the most beloved folk singers of all time and claims the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett and Jim Croce as his fans. Dylan even went as far to say that, when hearing a Lightfoot song, he wished “it would last forever,” so it’s safe to say that he’s worth seeing at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem next Wednesday, March 3, particularly since he’s not dead. He scored a number one album in 1974 with Sundown, but most might know him by his hauntingly beautiful ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” one of the three greatest modern rock songs composed in Dorian Mode (the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water” being the other two). The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $45 and $55.

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