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




“Do you know why you can’t swim here?” he asked.

He stood in front of his car, like it was a workbench. The 90’s gray Wagoneer pointed to the lake, and he pulled a few things from a gym duffle bag: goggles, a snorkel, and some flippers.

“I’m not sure. I think it’s the city’s drinking water,” I said, pausing from pumping up my SUP with a bicycle-like pump. I was on pump number 323 of 350. I count it out. Keeps it interesting.

“What are you training for?” I asked.

The Navy. He needed a 2 mile swim and the monotony of doing laps at Gold’s was killing him.

“What are you training for?” he asked, nodding towards the board.

“I don’t know. Life?”

I wished him well and paddled out, wondering if I’d paddle over him at some point, a little more curious about what goes on under the water, and hoped he wasn’t scared of snakes.



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.

The Only Place You Can See It Live On the Radio, Gate City Port Authority


Pardon the “musician face” in this thumbnail image. It happens sometimes when I hit a wrong note.

Regardless, remember Avant On Air? That renegade music show on WUAG hosted by musician Matty Sheets and writer Rae Alton? The duo have recently launched  a second iteration of the radio program on Wednesdays night, this time, it’s got video.

Subscribe to the show’s YouTube channel and watch interviews, odd questions, and the general mayhem that ensues whenever Matty Sheets is in the room. Previous guests include Crystal Bright, Sam Frazier, and yours truly. It’s always good to see what Matty’s up to. It’s always something.

Gate City Port Authority

103.1 FM WUAG, Thursdays from 7-9pm. Local music and culture. Hosted by Matty Sheets and Rae Alton. Stream live at wuag.net or use the TuneIn app.

We’re happy to be partnering with Cameron Hetteen to bring you two video series here. Live In The Booth, featuring live performances from musicians from Greensboro and surrounding areas, and Transmission, featuring interviews with our guests.