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by Ryan Snyder

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WALRUS HAZ A BUCKET, AND HE WANTS YOU TO FILL IT WITH REFUGEE LOVE

Is there any other name that comes to mind when celebrating the diversity of our city than Walrus? I think not. The generously proportioned marine mammal and his Hall Monitors are headlining Mosaic Festival this Saturday in downtown Greensboro’s Festival Park, an event that will not only celebrate the amazing diversity that Greensboro’s refugee community lends, but the food and booze that they enjoy as well. Walrus will windmill his way through his vast repertoire, because hey, he knows how much Montagnard and Bhutanese refugees love “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” Percussive collective Cackalack Thunder will also be on hand to pound the skins, as well as any number of incredibly talented musicians from around the world. The festival is absolutely free to attend and starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Festival Park.

POSTMASTER GENERAL PREDICTS SLOW DELIVERY DUE TO ASTON BARRETT’S FATHER’S DAY CARDS

It seems the Wailers have come sort of agreement with the city of Greensboro that they’ll appear every six months to play Bob Marley’s classic Exodus album. After all, this Friday’s show at the N Club will mark the third time in 14 months that they’ve dropped by to serenade us with “Natural Mystic.” Exodus was a great album, but you know, so was Catch A Fire and Rastaman Vibration. In any event, this is the 40 Years of Fams tour, but hey, so was their last stop in town. I’m sure it’s only a coincidence that this weekend is Father’s Day, but “Fams,” as Aston Barrett is called, has 52 kids and counting. Hell some of them are probably reading this right now. You might be one of them and not even know it. I know Shawn Kemp and Travis Henry are reading this and saying, “Damn, that’s a lot of kids.” Despite only having one original member in the lineup from Bob’s day and a white dude singing, the Wailers do an admirable job of keeping his legacy alive. If it was good then, it’ll be good again right? Surely, you’d pay more to hear the same thing over again, wouldn’t you? You’ll have your chance on Friday when the Wailers return to the N Club to do pretty much what they did six months ago. Tickets are $30 for plebian and $40 for VIP with a $3 N Club fee going to support the N Club. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

INVEST IN GLOW STICKS AND PACIFIERS

Here’s a nice bit of news for drum & bass fiends, or just fans of electronic music in general. One of the biggest names on the DnB circuit will be performing at Greene Street Club this Friday night. Damien Higgins, better known as Dieselboy (www.myspace.com/humanimprint), is not only one of the most prolific producers in all of electronic music, but one of the most popular DJs of his genre worldwide. Dieselboy has outsold every American-born drum-andbass DJ and has ranked in the UK-based Drum & Bass Arena Top 10 DJs 2004 online poll, while being mentioned alongside names like Armin Van Buuren and Deadmau5. His music has been featured in video games such as Gran Turismo 4, Need for Speed Underground and Saint’s Rowe. He’s also played shows on six continents, though don’t expect to see that Antarctica date on his calendar any time soon. Global warming is a slow process. Oddly enough, the Greensboro date is sandwiched right in between performances in New York City and Miami. Care for a game of “one of these cities is not like the others?” The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $15. Club Rain is an 18-and-up venue.

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