Okay, we’re going to take it fast and furious here.
Kudos to North Carolina School of the Arts students Angela Michelle Story, a violinist from Emerald Isle, and Kendall Ramseur, a cellist from Charlotte, who reportedly performed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday under the direction of the school’s chancellor, John Mauceri.
The lineup for the biennial Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Silk Hope on April 17-20, as recently announced, will be the Allen Boys, Arrested Development, Big Fat Gap, Bombadil, Boys From Carolina, Cane Creek Cloggers, Chatham County Line, Chris Barron & the Time Bandits, Cyril Lance, Donna the Buffalo, the Hackensaw Boys, Harper, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, John Specker, Justin Townes Earle, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Keith Secola & the Wild Band of Indians, Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, McCarthy Trenching, Northwood Jazz Ensemble, Ray Abshire, Richie Havens, Scythian, Sim Redmond Band, Sol Jibe, Stephanie’s Id, Valorie Miller and Wiffer Creek.
The factions of punk and metal will enter a brief period of détente when Queen Anne’s Revenge, Hephystus, Curse Your Name, Cythera, Social Life, Widow Bottom and Casta join forces at Greene Street in Greensboro on Wednesday.
The Greensboro Symphony’s Valentine’s Day pops concert features Liz Callaway at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium, while Hammer No More the Fingers, I Was Totally Destroying It and Red Collar appear at the Green Bean.
The day of lovers is celebrated in Winston-Salem with Dawn Chorus (featuring our own Amy Kingsley on bass), Woodear and a Decent Animal at the Garage; and Lovecraft and Goosedown at Elliott’s Revue.
Starfield, a Vancouver Christian rock band, plays Pleasant Garden Baptist Church in Pleasant Garden on Friday.
From Friday through Sunday, tryouts for Triad Idol will be held at the Odeon Theater, part of the Greensboro Coliseum complex. The talent contest is the annual fundraiser for the Community Theatre of Greensboro. Visit triadidol.org for more information.
Old Southern Moonshine Revival headlines Greene Street on Friday, with Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets opening, and the UNCG Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble performs at UNCG’s School of Music. Visit smcamp.org/carolinabandfestival.htm for more information.
The Friday highlight of Winston-Salem’s music calendar is bluesman (and progeny of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee) Guy Davis, performing at 823 Reynolda. The Saving Graces, the Cheeksters and the Frank Royster Band show up for the party at the Garage. Autopassion celebrates the release of its new CD, Sit Back and Make A Difference, at the Werehouse, before embarking on an East Coast tour. Brother Reade and DJ SK will be present for the festivities.
The Shakori Hills organization holds its Valentines dance at Upper Chatham Lower Alamance Community College outside of Pittsboro on Saturday with the Java Mules and Joe Bell & the Stingin’ Blades. Visit shakorihills.org for more information.
Winterjam 2008, a concert of contemporary Christian music featuring Mercy Me, Skillet, Barlowgirl, Newsong, Mandisa, Tony Nolan, Gropu 1 Crew and Purenrg, takes off at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday.
The Garage in Winston-Salem hosts its North Carolina singer-songwriter night with Jeffrey Dean Foster, Kenny Roby and Regina Hexaphone on Saturday, while the Delta Drift and Worthless Son In Laws cause a ruckus across the street at Elliott’s Revue.
The following night, Luminescent Orchestrii, a New York unit inspired by the music of Gypsies and the Balkans, play the Garage.
Moving up to Feb. 19, Lisa Dames hosts Owen Temple at the Garage.
Back in the ‘boro, the Secret Lives of the Freemasons and a Kiss for Jersey play Greene Street on Feb. 19, while the Lee Boys and the Mantras hold court at the Blind Tiger.