July Shows | Music Halls and Backyard Shows

A new song series that brings Triad and Triangle songwriters together.

A new song series that brings Triad and Triangle songwriters together.

Summer is my favorite month. July especially for its impromptu front porch choirs and illegal fireworks—“the most loosely enforced law in the country,” said my friend Ed, as we watched folks with bags full of sparklers and screamers light up a backyard party last night.

This month also kicks off a special “In The Round” series that brings the Triangle and Triad music communities together. Four great songwriters trading songs, stories, and guitar licks.

Friday, July 10—Triad Meets the Triangle In the Round, Greensboro

Sam Frazier, Jon Shain, Wes Collins and myself. Music at the Big Purple—outdoor house concert in historic Fisher Park. BYOB, lawn chairs, friends and snacks. No invitation necessary.

Gates at 7, show at 8 pm
812 Olive Street, Greensboro, NC
Suggested donation, $10

Thursday, July 16—Triangle Meets the Triad In the Round, Carrboro, NC
Sam Frazier, Jon Shain, Melissa Swingle and myself. Cat’s Cradle, Back Room—a listening-room style venue at the Cradle’s growing facility.

Doors at 7, show at 8 pm
300 E. Main Street, Carrboro, NC
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the order
Tickets available online

Saturday, July 18—Wurlitzer Prize at the Muddy Creek Cafe Music Hall, Bethania, NC
Set your clock back about 253 years for this town. Bethania is one of the oldest Moravian farming communities in Forsyth county, and true to town’s preservation work, the venue is set inside an old mill building.

Doors at 8, show at 9 pm
5455 Bethania Road, Bethania, NC
Tickets $5

Tuesday, July 28—Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Greensboro, NC
I highly recommend the Okra Popcorn with buttermilk herb dressing. Ya. Music in the bar.

Music 6 to 9 pm
1421 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC

Won’t Back Down/Stay With Me


For all the grief Sam Smith’s been given over the song, and Petty’s grace about the damn thing, I think in the end, the two tunes go pretty well together. Alex McKinney and I take a spin on the song one Sunday night in late February at Beer Co. in downtown Greensboro. The evening with music is hosted by Alan Peterson, and with all the music, the potluck, and the company, it’s a great balm for the Sunday blues.


Window display in a comic book store in downtown Johnson City, TN.

Window display in a comic book store in downtown Johnson City, TN.

March 21 House Concert (the date is wrong on the postcard!)
Benefit for the historic Aycock neighborhood association. RSVP for an invite. Seats are limited. 8 pm.

March 24 Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
With the ever awesome fellas in Wurlitzer Prize, Dave Willis and Brent Buckner. 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

March 27 WFDD Triad Arts
Taping for the radio show, talking about Postcards from the Swamp.