The Weekender: The Clay Howard Edition

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Clay Howard trades poker night for a show at the Garage this weekend.

Who the Hell is Clay Howard? Here are some fast facts:

  1. He’s our landlord at the Nussbaum Center and a veteran local  musician (Stratocruiser? Anyone?)
  2. He’s got a new album out, and a show this weekend at the Garage.
  3. Like Elvis Presley, RL Burnside, Sam Cooke and Robert Johnson (and, incidentally, Jimmy Buffet), Clay is from Mississippi.
  4. He shares a Facebook page with his wife.
  5. Chad Nance loves him.
  6. He is at least eight feet tall.

More on Clay, the farmers market blues, Triad Stage, free stuff, weird jazz and the great Unknown in this week’s Weekender.

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WEEKEND

FRIDAY

  • He runs the Nussbaum Center by day, but by night Clay Howard comes alive, guitar in hand, his silver-tinged mane blowing back behind his shoulders. He’ll be with band of journeymen, the Silver Alerts, tonight with old-school support from the Luxuriant Sedans at the Garage. (W-S)
  • Dusty’s shop at Common Grounds has psychedelic jazz with Fountain, Cranford & Cobb with lots of MIDI action for the audio geeks.

SATURDAY

  • Tales of bad mojo, good love gone wrong and dirty deals down by the crossroads descend on the sweet little market at the corner of Walker and Elam. Live music from the CBGBs kicks off Blues Week, with a proclamation from the mayor at 9 a.m. (GSO)
  • The first-ever Really Really Free Market of Winton-Salem is at the park at 110 W. Third Street, featuring clothes, household items, services, electronics, books, furniture, toys and whatever else shows up. Starts at noon. (W-S)
  • Women Writers of the Triad bring authors John Hoppenthaler and Grace Ocasio to Tate Street Coffee for a Second Saturday reading before the open mic at 7 p.m. (GSO)
  • Winston-Salem’s first art park comes from Art for Art’s Sake and opens at 1 p.m. with food trucks, live music, bodypainting and more for Artivity on the Green. The action runs until 5 p.m. (W-S)
  • A new slate of programming at the ICRC&M brings Miles & Coltrane: Blue(.), a play in support of High Point’s Coltrane Jazz & Blues Festival, with hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8. See friendspfjohncoltrane.com for tickets. (GSO)
  • Unknown Hinson, the world’s greatest country-Western troubadour, resumes a relationship with the city of Greensboro that began in the basement jail so many years ago. He’s at the Blind Tiger with crazy eyebrows, unbelievable chops and, as always, a loaded gun. (GSO)
  • It’s playtime for pups from noon-4 p.m. at Bark in the Boro, in Greensboro’s Country Park dog lot, with contests, activities and concessions. (GSO)