The Weekender: July 4-6, Independence Day edition

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Johnny Cash may have been the heaviest rebel of them all. Celebrate him and his disrespectful friends at the Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem.

It’s early in the morning on the Fourth of July, and while the fam is waiting in line for a favorable position at the pool, which open shortly, I’m taking care of a little business. Let’s face it folks: The Weekender isn’t gonna write itself.

I’m lovingly curating the hundred or so events going down in the Triad this weekend into the biggest, best or most interesting, making sense of the blitzkrieg of activity in the cities over the holiday. This is how we how we celebrate independence every day at TCB.

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WEEKEND

  • The Heavy Rebel Weekender is a great event — a tribute in song, performance art, fashion, attitude, vehicles, consumption, imagery and excess to everything that is badass about rock and roll. Everyone from Johnny Cash to Johnny Rotten has a limb on this tree, and the music slate includes more than 50 bands with names like the Screamin’ Rebel Angels, Creep-A-Zoids, los Bastardos Magníficos, Paint Fumes and Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass. There’s also a car show, a PBR-chugging contest, burlesque and striptease, mud rasslin’, tattoos, Zippo lighters and all sorts of other mischief. The action takes place at the Millennium Center and generally flows all the way down Trade Street until Monday morning. I went full on to a Heavy Rebel over a Fourth of July weekend a few years ago, and I have never been the same since.

FRIDAY

  • In Old Salem, the Independence Day activities take on a more traditional note with  a naturalization ceremony, a parade, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, crafts for kids and adults alike, jazz, a puppet show and more. See the website for times and details.
  • Greensboro’s Fun Fourth Festival kicked off last night and runs through today. The parade starts this morning at around 10 a.m., followed by a street festival that runs until about 7. The pops concert at the coliseum later that evening is followed by some serious pyrotechnics. This festival has been running since I was in kindergarten.
  • The Blind Tiger is no stranger to Fourth of July lot parties. This year Doc lured House of Fools for a rare live performance after the evening cookout, which begins at about 5 p.m.
  • The West End Mill Works is where creativity, entrepreneurship and a refined sense of culture conspire to bring us a steady stream of things that are genuinely cool. Today there’s an Independence Day Yard Party, including players like Sutler’s Spirits, which makes gin and rum; Hoots Roller Bar, which brews its own beer; and the Porch Kitchen & Cantina. Live music includes a rare afternoon appearance by Joe Blevins. This is independence at its best.
  • High Point kicks in with its annual Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Hollow Park. Here’s what you need to know: It starts at 4:30 p.m.. Music acts include headliner Josh Thompson and the Gal Friday Band. They charge by the carload (just $10!). There will be fireworks at the end.
  • And the its First Friday in downtown Winston-Salem, where they know the value of stacking events on top of one another.
  • But Elsewhere may not have gotten the memo that Greensboro’s First Friday had been cancelled (much to the chagrin of one Milton Kern). Their Land of the Brave event tonight features museum tours; new work by resident artists Jacob Stanley (St. Louis), Fionn Duffy (UK), Kelly Lloyd (Chicago), Stephanie Williams (Washington DC) and Southern Constellations Fellow Izel Vargas (Boynton Beach, Fla.); poetry on demand b Graham Holt and “patriotic games, experiments in democracy and star-spangled tests of bravery.” Then there’s a set of “minimalism-inspired new music and heavy post rock.” That, friends, is an event.

SATURDAY

  • Replenish your amino acids and whatnot at Peach Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, where my old boss Mary Lacklen will be serving her peach cobbler (pro tip: If you sneeze, she’ll make you wash your hands) and Phillip’s Farm will have peach ice cream. There will also be presumably, some peaches. This one starts at 8 a.m.
  • The Weatherspoon Art Museum opens its new exhibition, Shouts of Joy and Victory: Jewish and Christian Imagery from the Collection.
  • They’ve got mud wrestling and the car show at Heavy Rebel Weekender.
  • And a/perture Cinema screens A Hard Day’s Night, the first rockumentary about the Beatles just as they began to take over the world. See a/perture’s website for showtimes.

SUNDAY

  • Today at Heavy Rebel, the doubleshot of the PBR-chugging and Krispy Kreme-eating contests will be sure to produce the phenomenon known in Australia as “chunder.”
  • Then you should probably go ahead and light off the rest of your fireworks. If you’ve got any extras, we’ll take ’em.