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by Ryan Snyder

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ICONIC TRIAD GUITARIST TO PLAY FINAL SHOW

If you didn’t already need persuasion to attend an AIDS/HIV benefit with the promise of good music, what if I told you it’s the last performance of one of the most revered and beloved figures in all of Triad music? Guitarist Britt Harper “Sn’zz” Uzzell, who has played with Ben Folds and International Orange, among countless others, will be among a handful of Winston-Salem artists on hand to raise money for AIDS Care Service, a nonprofit that provides support and medication for AIDS and HIV patients. This benefit is particularly crucial since the NCDHHS has frozen the funding of almost all AIDS Drug Assistance programs with the state budget cuts. Sn’zz, who himself is afflicted with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, an extremely rare form of lymphatic cancer of the non-Hodgkin’s variety, was supposed to have played his last show back in November, but is making an appearance alongside alt-country quartet the Red Lipstick Society, Sam Frazier and several others this Friday at the Werehosue in Winston-Salem. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $7, though more will certainly be appreciated.

RAP-ROCK REVUE AT THE AQUARIUS MUSIC HALL

Building on the grand tradition of luminaries like Limp Bizkit, Uncle Kracker (www.unclekracker.com) has managed to get himself played on rock, country, Top 40 and some of the less discerning hip-hop stations around the country. Then again, being Kid Rock’s DJ and having a modicum of talent does guarantee the silver-platter treatment. It also guarantees access to good attorneys, as his skating away from a forcible-sex offense charge in Cary with only a wrist slap a few years ago would attest. That said, you may want to keep an eye on your daughters/wives/girlfriends for Uncle Kracker’s show at the Aquarius Music Hall this Friday. They’ll be supported by Rehab, another band of rap-rock refugees trying to cross over from a wholly depleted genre. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

ROMAN CANDLE PLAYS THE GARAGE

It was my plan to give a full write up of Roman Candle’s (www.romancandleband.com) show at the fall Shakori Hills Festival last October, but thieves making off with my notes and car keys waylaid those plans along with dampening my spirits. Soon enough, though. On top of being a heck of a nice group of people, Roman Candle is not only one of my favorite North Carolina-born bands, but one of my favorite bands period. Singer/guitarist Skip Matheny’s energy is contagious, but he’s also a brilliant songwriter on top of it and his interviews for the “Drinks With” series in American Songwriter are a total hoot. Their 2009 release O Tall Tree In the Ear was a near flawless alt-country opus, produced by the dBs own Chris Stamey, and you can hear much of it live at the Garage on April 13. Roman Candle is fresh off of a tour supporting the great Alejandro Escovedo and they’ll be playing alongside another great alt-country group this time in the Parson Red Heads. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are only $10.

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