Earlier this year, songwriter Ezra Noble paid homage to great ’90s slacker rock acts like Granddaddy and Swearing at Motorists through a cool record called Machete Arm. The songs are worth your attention on Wednesday night when he sets up at Krankies with Real Live Tigers.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops blew away a Wake Forest crowd last week; guitarist Dom Flemons keeps it in town on Thursday with a set of primitive country blues at Reynolda House. The next Greensboro City Market brings Asheville worldbeat trio Jonathan Scale Fourchestra. Legit Biz hosts Florida crust punks Centuries with locals Dreaded, who inexplicably sound stuck between pop punk and black metal.
Friday’s Red Jumpsuit Apparatus show at the Blind Tiger will feature three self-actualized rock bands that won last month’s battle royale in support, while the also-rans who didn’t shame their friends and families beyond redemption play a stage outside. 17 Days Greensboro kicks off in earnest with a cover-heavy set by Joan Osborne at Dana Auditorium. It’s been a minute since Lakeview Drive reared its head, but the emo-progsters turn up at Greene Street Club with Rookie of the Year. Reggae singer Edge Michael is Peter Tosh’s nephew, and he’s also at Ziggy’s. Big-voiced folk-pop songwriter Seth Glier visits Fiddle & Bow. Drummer Ronnie Burrage has played with greats like Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul; on Friday he starts a residency at Alexander Devereaux’s Fine Dining, whose Facebook cover image is steamer trays of mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. Related: Someone trolled their Menuism page by posting the full McDonalds menu. It’s great.
Hot Dang, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Drivin’ and Cryin’ play a free one outside Natty Greene’s but openers Futurebirds are the realest of deals. Sam Robinson’s Marvelous Funkshun throw their album release party at the Garage, and a copy comes with admission. For a program tasked with promoting the city’s cultural exports, 17 Days Greensboro could do better than listing Saturday’s Green Bean offering simply as “live music,” especially when it involves two superlative acts: R&B epicureans Dalton Village and gritty cardigan punks Drag Sounds. John McLaughlin Williams is the Neil DeGrasse-Tyson of classical violin, and he’s at Christ United Methodist Church.
Two things to know about Big Bill Morganfield: He’s Muddy Waters’ son and he’s good enough to play with Tom Waits. Third thing: He’s at the Blind Tiger on Sunday with Dixie Peach. More in 17 Days action Aoife O’Donovan will turn in a Monday night show at Triad Stage.