Check out some of Greensboro’s bright young musical minds at work as students and faculty of the Music Academy of NC perform at Tunes at Noon in Center City Park on Wednesday. The Flatiron is hosting a new weekly blues jam starting this Wednesday built from a core of Terry VunCannon and David Bolton on guitars, AJ Diggs on bass and the venerable Chuck Cotton on drums. NOLA noisemakers the Dirty Bourbon River Show make a return trip to the Triad to play the Blind Tiger with brass-rock ensemble Brandon Wise & the Scorchin’ Sons.
On Thursday, the Brand New Life add the “stone” to City Market’s “Cold” theme near the Elm Street tracks. Tthe Dark Star Orchestra have Berkeley ’71, Portland ’81 and Telluride ’87 to choose from for their return to Ziggy’s. At New York Pizza, proggy metal foursome/Final Fantasy aficionados Atma Weapon join Mortal Divine, Mad Loco Motives and Trailer Park Orchestra.
Everyone is getting hitched and starting bands these days, though not necessarily in that order. The soon-to-bewed two-part harmonies of the Genuine are high in the mix of their debut album Blooms, which will be welcomed to the world on Friday at Krankies with the always excellent Overmountain Men opening. Just spitballing, but acoustipop singer Alex Goot would do well to find a pseudonym. He’s at Greene Street Club. Thomas Wynn & the Believers offer powerhouse Southern soul at the Garage, and Stephen Kent works up selections from the Radio Reds’ new LP Memory Loss solo with Grown Up Avenger Stuff at the Flatiron. The great Piedmont blues preservationist Jon Shain visits the Fiddle & Bow with Lightnin’ Wells, while the Carter Brothers roast fretboards at Ziggy’s.
What else needs to be said about Flint Blade & Honeydew other than they are a Chapman stick and clarinet duo? Possibly that they’re at the Flatiron on Saturday. Tyrone is at the Green Bean with Carmen Bliss and Nascimento, but no sign of Jim, James and Paul. Martha Bassett leads an all-star jazz band in paying tribute to Harold Arlen at WSSU’s Gray Auditorium. Cop Problem, Mourning Cloak, Holder’s Scar and Dreaded mob it up at Legitimate Business. Bruce Piephoff & Scott Sawyer with Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins at High Rock Outfitters.