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by Ryan Snyder

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WEST AFRICA MEETS APPALACHIA AT THE TRIAD STAGE

Toubab Krewe has been regarded as one of the most groundbreaking musical voices to come out of the Tar Heel State in a long time, picking up where famed African bluesman Ali Farka Tour left off. Their fusion of West African strings and polyrhythms with American mountain folk and traditional music took huge steps forward with last year’s release TK2, and the band is in somewhat of a down period touring-wise now while writing material for the next album. Founded in and based out of Asheville, they’ve practically found a second home in Greensboro, and they’ll be playing their sixth show in two years at the Triad Stage this on Friday as a part of the EMFfringe series of the Eastern Music Festival. It must’ve been a big year for the band after the $20 New Year’s Eve ticket, because prices for this are an astronomical $34 a pop. Wait, they’re playing the Pisgah Brewing Company the next night for $12.50. Go figure. The music starts at 8 p.m.

WALKERFEST IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

What more needs to be said about WalkerFEST other than it s new, it s free, and there s going to be a lot of excellent live music to hear? The first-year event was started by members of the Brand New Life and friends as a way to draw eyes to the neighborhood where Walker and Elam intersects, and all it has to offer. In addition to craft and food vendors, WalkerFEST s two stages will be christened with a performance by the Numbers, Sam Frazier s blues/rock outfit with Sn’zz and Andy Ware, and closed down by the Bronzed Chorus. In between are steel pans, African strings and copious amounts of foot stomping. Visit the event s site at liveoriginallocal.com for a full schedule of events. As an added bonus, arrive via foot or pedal, and you ll be entered to win a gift certificate to one of Walker Avenue s fine eating establishments. WalkerFEST runs from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and there s no cover.

SUPER MEGA IBRAHIM EXPLOSION AT THE MILLENNIUM CENTER

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss something until it’s taken away from you, and that’s the feeling of countless people in downtown Winston-Salem who had made Ibrahim Myers sightings a regularity. Myers’ feet were almost permanently affixed to the wheels of his bicycle — that is until a van hit him on June 4 and sent him to Baptist Hospital in critical condition. Well, Myers doesn’t have a lot of money for hospital bills, but he does have friends. A lot of them. Some of them have put together a benefit show at the Millennium Center on July 10 that includes an awesome roster of bands and a stellar list of raffle prizes. $7 gets you in, $20 gets you six chances to win (the full list of bands and prizes can be found on the Facebook page for Super Mega Ibrahim Explosion), and you can go home knowing a friend of Winston is a little closer to recovery. The music starts at 3 p.m.

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