The Weekender: The 10-Gallon Hat Edition


I remember when Caleb Caudle was a young punk trying to break ground in the W-S scene. I remember the when he fronted the Bayonets, a honky-tonk rock band. I dug on the Drive-By Truckers, and I lived vicariously through his short-lived tenure in New Orleans.

I say this to illustrate that Caudle is more than the 10-gallon hat he’s taken to wearing lately. And his career goes back a lot further— and deeper — than his recent spate of press might suggest.

He celebrates his newest, Carolina Ghost, this weekend at the Garage. If you see him, don’t mess with the hat.

For other, non-hat-related events, continue on to the Weekender.


  • Ruby Slipper Fringe @ Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (W-S)
    If you missed the first weekend, don’t worry, you still have a chance to catch the unique Ruby Slipper Fringe in Winston-Salem until Sunday afternoon. Female artists from NC and beyond showcase spoken word poetry, sculpture, and other new or in-process works of art. Come prepared to give feedback in the Artist Talkbacks. The festival is free.
  • Dixie Swim Club @ Centennial Station Arts Center (HP)
    This Southern comedy presented by High Point Community Theatre explores the nature of female friendships; five women who met on a college swim team get together every August at the Outer Banks to catch up. The play spies in on four of those weekends as they meddle in each other’s lives.


  • Caleb Caudle Carolina Ghost album release @ the Garage (W-S), 8 p.m.
    Step aside, hipsters: the newest up-and-coming act in the Triad happens to be a good ol’ country boy. With the release of his upcoming album, Carolina Ghost, gaining national attention, one could worry he’s too big for his boots, but Caudle’s warm voice and honky-tonk hooks affirm that the hype is well-deserved. And gosh darn it, if his track “Piedmont Sky” isn’t just the perfect song for driving west on I-40 on a sunny afternoon. Jack the Radio opens.


  • Community Mural Meeting @ the People’s Perk (GSO), 10 a.m.
    The February community meeting of the Greensboro Mural Project will report on in-process indoor murals at New Garden Friends Meeting, Gillespie Elementary and Irving Park Elementary. Newcomers are welcome, says the Facebook event page, and do bring mural ideas if you’ve got ‘em.


  • Refugee Resettlement Training Session @ New Garden Friends Meeting (GSO), 10:30 a.m.
    NC African Services Coalition provides a training session for faith communities and concerned citizens around the process of refugee resettlement and co-sponsorship of refugees, as Guilford County anticipates receiving around 1,000 refugees from around the world in 2016, as TCB reported in January. For more information, email Cindy Knul at
  • Triad City Beat Turns Two @ Preyer Brewing (GSO), 7 p.m.
    Come celebrate Triad City Beat’s second birthday with us! Cherished longtime and newly minted readers alike are warmly invited to raise a glass to two years of taking care of business in the Triad. We want to ring in our terrible twos with you, the readers and advertisers who made it all possible. Attire and atmosphere will be casual, provided everyone behaves themselves. (Also, yes, thanks for asking, what we’ve wished for on our birthday are for donations to our investigative fund.)
  • 6th annual Dancing with the High Point Stars @ High Point Country Club (HP), 7 p.m.
    Communities in Schools presents Dancing with the High Point Stars is back for its sixth year. Those “stars” include Busta Brown of WXII 12 News and Angela McGill of HP’s Housing Authority. Three winners will be awarded at the event, for most votes, best performance and best costume. Ticket sales benefit CIS and include hors d’oeuvres, three drinks and one vote.
  • Unsafe Place Comedy Showcase @ Krankies Coffee (W-S), 10 p.m.
    An evening of standup comedy featuring NC up-and-comers Cabell Wilkinson, Zo Meyers and Reid Pegram. The highlight will inevitably be Charlotte’s Blayr Nias, who has appeared on the Fox show “Laughs,” was named the best comedian of 2014 by Charlotte magazine, and is known for her observational comedy about mental health and race. There’s a $5 cover.



  • Completely Hollywood @ Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance (W-S), 8 p.m.
    The perfect follow-up to the previous evening Academy Awards, this event promises to be just as ridiculous. Starring Peggie Kaan, Eric Dowdy, and Tyler Carlson, 187 movies will be packed into just under two hours, “condensing every cliché from every movie ever made.” Could either be exhausting or amazing. It’ll also show on Tuesday night.