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Wed, July 28
Berkeley Cafe: Turner and Josh open mic

Bickett Gallery: Death Jazz with Crowmeat Bob

Blue Bayou Club: Clark Stern

Caffe Driade: Kingfisher

The Cave: early: Jule Brown; 10 pm: Django Haskins

Federal: Topsoil Live with DJ Steve

Gino Russo's: Robert White's Dance Party

Go! Room 4: Jesse Malin, The Damnwells

Helios Coffee Company: Intro by Keith

Java Divine: teen open mic

Jayzz: Dick Gable All Stars

The Library: Study Hall

Local 506: Merge Records 15-Year Anniversary Pre-Party: Lou Barlow, Arcade Fire

Martin Street Music Hall: Merge with DJs Merlin, Shade and Phobia

MVP's: open jam with Bland Sawyer

The Pour House: Kinetic, Mac & Juice

The Q-Shack Durham: Leroy Savage, Jim Watson

Six String Cafe: Davis, Edwards, McCanless & Worthington

Slims Downtown: Chris Burner Trio

Sushi Blues: Dejavu 80s with DJ Cutlass

Weathervane: 5 pm: Frankie Alexander

CONCERTS

Different Drum: 6-9 pm: Afro pop, Latin, Caribbean and jazz. Jazz on Main St, Southpoint Mall, Durham. Free.

The Rocket Band: 7-9 pm: Local blues band. Town of Chapel Hill Summer Concert series. McCorkle Place off E Franklin St, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. 968-2784, www.chapelhillparks.org. Free.

Thu, July 29
April + George: Fruta with DJ Keith

Berkeley Cafe: Solaris, Wacking Day, Kerbloki

Blue Bayou Club: Little Charlie & The Nightcats

The Brewery: 3 Bands, 3 Bucks

Cat's Cradle: Merge Records 15-Year Celebration: Superchunk, M. Ward, The Essex Green, Richard Buckner, The Rosebuds

The Cave: early: Waylon Dirges; 10 pm: Cary Hudson

De La Luz @ Temple Ball: Dechen Hawk, Grant Withington

Federal: Federal Soul with DJ Marco

42nd St. Oyster Bar: Wildmen from Borneo

Gino Russo's: Side Street

Go! Room 4: Starlite Desperation

Hi 5: Mojo Band

James Pharmacy Restaurant: Old-time jam

Jax Sports Grill: Shigas

Kings: Black Socks/Phon, Art Lord and His Self Portraits, Ticonderoga

Legends: Darkwave-Industrial with DJ Joey

Local 506: Triple Ts with DJ Mothersbrothers

Lounge at Cosmic Cantina: 10 pm: open mic; 1 am: DJ with freestyle open mic

Martin Street Music Hall: Martha Quynn's Living Room with DJ Blake, Fine Day

Montas: Grooves After Seven

Ooh La Latte: The Politics of Poetry

Open Eye Cafe: Marjorie Thompson

The Pour House: Alive After Nine open mic jam hosted by Brent Robertson

Six String Cafe: Johnsmith, Erik Balkey

Slims Downtown: Rock 'n' Roll Bingo

Spartacus Grille: jazz

Sushi Blues: Raw with LeMoore

Talk of the Town: The Quiet Moment

Tony's Bourbon Street: Robert White's Dance Party

Weathervane: 5 pm: Chris Frank

CONCERTS

Different Drum: 6-8 pm: Afro pop, Latin, Caribbean and jazz. Weaver Street Market After Hours. On the lawn at 101 E Weaver St, Carrboro. 929-0010 x115.

Powerhouse Thursdays: 6-11 pm: Venomiss Toad, DL Token, U-Phonik. Concert benefits Special Olympics NC. Stage between RiRa and Blue Martini, 126 N West St, Raleigh. 21 & over. $5.

Voltage Brothers: 6 pm: Song covers from 1920 to 1990 with stops at the Cotton Club and the Country Club. Alive After Five summer concert series. Under water tower at American Tobacco Historic District, across from Durham Bulls Ballpark, Durham. 595-5021. Free.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: 7 pm: With Jim Lauderdale. Amphitheatre at Regency Park, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary. 462-2024. $35-50.

Fri, July 30
Abyssinia: African Caribbean Night

Berkeley Cafe: The Big Giveback benefit for the homeless featuring Loyal Fanatics, DRC, Kaze, Forge & Amen, Luv, Mr. Moe, Black Gotti

Bickett Gallery: Black Sox, Phon

Blue Bayou Club: Michael Burks

Bogart's: The Brother Ship

The Brewery: Pivot, Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath tribute), Ashefield

Cafe Cyclo: Spin with LeMoore

Caffe Driade: Aaron Winters Band

Cat's Cradle: Merge Records 15-Year Celebration: Crooked Fingers, Camera Obscura, Versus, Radar Brothers, Portastatic, Double Dynamite

The Cave: early: 2 O'Clock Dentist; 10 pm: Countdown Quartet

De La Luz @ Temple Ball: Battle for Peace: The Archangel, Jaded Junglist Crew, ILL Rottin' Intelligence, Xaviar, Skyrise, DJs Clip & Carbine

Fat Daddy's: Buster Groove

42nd St. Oyster Bar: EG Peters

Gino Russo's: Wildmen from Borneo

Go! Room 4: Razzle, Roxotica, Des_Ark, Natasha

James Pharmacy Restaurant: Anthony Pascone

Java Divine: Steve Hartsoe

Kings: Jazz Anew 2nd Anniversary Party

Legends: DJ Joey

The Library: Brooklyn Nights with KidAG

Lincoln Theatre: Thursday, Codeseven, Classic Case, Your Enemies Friends

Local 506: Nodcraft.com presentsÉ

Lounge at Cosmic Cantina: 10 pm: open mic; 1 am: DJ with freestyle open mic

Margaux's: Rubberband

Martin Street Music Hall: Nathan Asher & the Infantry, Spader, Kennebec

Michael Dean's: Magic Pipers

Montas: Fiesta Tropical

MVP's: Marble Top Box

Nightlight: My Hostage, Arbor Lane

Ooh La Latte: SNMNMNM, 8 Eyes

Open Eye Cafe: Stickmen Music

The Pour House: Carbon Leaf

Sadlack's: 'Fore Day Creepers

Shucker's Oyster Bar: David Glenn Dyer & the Crooked Smile Band

Sidelines: Cirkus

The Sirens Lounge: DJ Andre

Six String Cafe: Jimmy Landry, Dave Potts

Tony's Bourbon Street: Main Event

Vin Rouge: Rah Bickley and the Lost in the Stars Trio

Washington Duke Inn: Chris Reynolds Swing 'N' Jazz Duo with Dave Aduddell

Weathervane: 5 pm: Eddie Paolantonio

CONCERTS

The Big Fat Gap: 5-7 pm: Fridays on the Front Porch Series. Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill. 918-2722. Free.

Guilty Pleasures: 5-7 pm: Bluegrass, blues and folk trio. Music at the Market Series. Fearrington Cafe and Market, 2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 542-5505.

Cool John Ferguson: 6-8 pm: The Warehouse Blues Series, in association with City of Durham and Music Maker Relief Foundation. West Village Courtyard, Durham. 560-4965. Free.

Different Drum: 7-10 pm: Afro pop, Latin, Caribbean and jazz. Courtyard of Tusca's Italian Restaurant, Fernway St, Durham.

Hobart Willis & The Back Forty: 7 pm: Reunion show celebrating storeowner Jerry Partin's birthday. Bynum Music Series. Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd, 10 miles south of Chapel Hill off Hwy 15-501. 542-1858. $3-7 suggested donation.

Jazz at The Know: 7-10 pm: Weekly jazz jam hosted by jazz writer and announcer Larry Thomas. 2520 Fayetteville St, Durham. 682-7228. $5.

The World's Greatest Singing Groups: 7 pm: Featuring The O'Jays, The Whispers, The Temptations and The Four Tops. Alltel Pavilion, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh. 831-6666, www.alltelpavilion.com. $19.75-45.75.

Andy Coats: 8 pm: Roots and blues singer/guitarist/songwriter. North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Greystone Shopping Center, Raleigh. Free admission/buy a CD. 784-0241 or 876-2482.

Sarah McLachlan: 8 pm: Afterglow tour. RBC Center, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh. 861.2323, www.RBCcenter.com. $45-65.

Sat, July 31
Abyssinia: African Caribbean Night

April + George: Worldbeat with DJ Steve

Berkeley Cafe: Chained on 2 Sides, Dom & Roland, Evol Intent, Moving Shadow_UK, Renegade Hardware

Bickett Gallery: Mike (from Spader), Joey Fralin

Blue Bayou Club: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Bogart's: Mojo

The Brewery: Fat Ellis

Cafe Cyclo: Merge

Caffe Driade: Carolina in My Mind (James Taylor tribute)

Cat's Cradle: Merge Records 15-Year Celebration: Spoon, Destroyer, The Ladybug Transistor, Matt Suggs and the Higher Burning Fire, Shark Quest

The Cave: early: comedy night; 10 pm: Cutter with special guests

De La Luz @ Temple Ball: Dipped in Moonlight: A Celebration of the Grateful Dead

Fat Daddy's: Venomiss Toad

Gino Russo's: Staircase

Go! Room 4: International Orange, The Pink Slips

James Pharmacy Restaurant: The Shelbys

Java Divine: Sheena Morris

Joe & Jo's Downtown: William Woltz

Legends: House & techno with DJ Joey

Lincoln Theatre: Dillon Fence, Hotel Lights, The Never

Local 506: Cool John Ferguson

Lounge at Cosmic Cantina: 10 pm: open mic; 1 am: DJ with freestyle open mic

Martin Street Music Hall: Olympic Ass Kickin' Team, The Cartridge Family

Michael Dean's: Doug Clark's Hot Nuts

Montas: EuroLatin Nights

Open Eye Cafe: Jesse Janes

Pittsboro General Store Cafe: Blue Streak

The Pour House: Mosadi Music, Pens & Needles

Ringside: Fundraiser for the rooftop patio, with DJs Aaron Wayne & Cooper, live painting by Lineaist, 80s Night with Shae-Rock & Michael Pryal

The Sirens Lounge: DJ Pitt

Sadlack's: All Our Enemies, The Next Best Thing

Scooter's: noon: Trick Bag

Six String Cafe: 8 pm: Chuck Brodsky; 11 pm: comedy by Live Wire Theatre Company

Sunset Grille: 2nd Nature

Tony's Bourbon Street: Wildmen from Borneo

Vineyard Cafe: Cityfolk

CONCERTS

35th Annual Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival: 10 am-6 pm: Local and regional musicians perform reggae, jazz and rhythm and blues. Continues Sun, Aug 1, 2-6 pm. Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St. 560-4965 x227, www.ci.durham.nc.us.

Tift Merritt: 6 pm: Celebrating storeowner Jerry Partin's birthday. Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd, 10 miles south of Chapel Hill off Hwy 15-501. 542-1858.

Austin Lounge Lizards: 8 pm: Five-part harmonies blending satire with folk, country and bluegrass. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org, www.austinloungelizards. com. $18, $16 ArtsCenter Friends.

Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends: 8 pm: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of PineCone. NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 715-5923, www.ncartmuseum.org. $40 res, $25 gen adm, $5 children 2-12.

Sun, Aug 1
The Brewery: Subterranean Sunday MC Battle

Cat's Cradle: David Wilcox

The Cave: Better Off Band

Kings: Neu Romance with DJ Madcow and Friends

Legends: Super Show Night with DJ Joey

Lincoln Theatre: Oteil & The Peace Makers, Go There

Local 506: The Quarantines, Dirty on Purpose

Martin Street Music Hall: Wide Sky presents open format jam

Montas: Salsa Salvaje Social

Nightlight: 8 pm: open mic

The Pour House: Jerry Garcia birthday bash

Sadlack's: D Martini & The Highballs

Weathervane: 11 am-2 pm: Mark Lewis

West End: The DJ Group

CONCERTS

The Todd Proctor Trio: 11 am-1 pm: Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic sounds from the roots of jazz and other cultures. Jazz and More! Series. On the lawn at Weaver St Market, 101 E Weaver St, Carrboro. 929-0010 x115. Free.

35th Annual Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival: noon-6 pm: "Gospel Sunday." Festival to bring the community together to enjoy music, art, food and fun. Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St. 560-4965 x227, www.ci.durham.nc.us.

Silver: 2:30-4:30 pm: Reba and Roses, 112 Baldwin Rd, Hillsborough. 644-2677.

MoJones: 6 pm: Red hot rock 'n' blues. Sunday in the Park Concert Series. Fletcher Park, Washington St, Raleigh. 831-6854. Free.

Lambchop, Clientele, David Kilgour: 7:30 pm: Merge Records 15th anniversary concert. Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, 309 W Morgan St, Durham. 560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org. $18.

Mon, Aug 2
Bickett Gallery: Bring Your Own Damn Music

Blue Bayou: Blues jam

The Brewery: Joey Belladonna (of Anthrax), Blatant Disarray

De La Luz @ Temple Ball: The Stingers ATX

Java Divine Coffee Bar: 2-4 pm: teen open mic

Kings: Trivia Night

Legends: Goth-Industrial with DJ Joey

Local 506: Microphone Monday

Nightlight: Trivia Night

The Pour House: Scott Sawyer Residency Series

The Sirens Lounge: Piano with Paul Leshen

Six String Cafe: Tim Fast & Friends

Weathervane: 5 pm: Scott Sawyer

Tue, Aug 3
Berkeley Cafe: Divine Ruler, Easy Drum n' Bass Night

Bickett Gallery: DJ Chico

Blue Bayou Club: open mic

The Cave: early: Doug Bremseth; 10 pm: songwriters' open mic with John Saylor

Francesca's: Martin Eagle and Ben Palmer Jazz Jam

Gino Russo's: Jessica Bernard Trio

Go! Room 4: Cex, Make Believe

Hi 5: Brad Benson

Jayzz: open mic

Legends: Cabaret night with DJ Joey

The Library: International Dance Party

Local 506: Texas Terri Bomb, Amps II Eleven

The Pour House: 4th and Dock

Six String Cafe: open mic

Slims Downtown: Julius' open mic

WB Yeats Irish Pub: open mic

Weathervane: 5 pm: Robert Griffin

CONCERTS

Garner Arts String Quartet: 7-8:30 pm: Wedding music. Garner Historic Auditorium, 742 W Garner Rd. 662-7771. Free.

Wed, Aug 4
Berkeley Cafe: Turner and Josh open mic

Bickett Gallery: Death Jazz with Crowmeat Bob

Blue Bayou Club: Clark Stern

The Brewery: Hardcore! One Life Crew, Heavyweights

The Cave: early: Brian Probus

Federal: Topsoil Live with DJ Steve

Gino Russo's: Robert White's Dance Party

Go! Room 4: Y-O-U (of Homestar Runner fame), Sleepsound

Helios Coffee Company: Intro by Keith

Jayzz: Dick Gable All Stars

Kings: The Popular Kids (sketch comedy)

The Library: Study Hall

Martin Street Music Hall: Snatches of Pink, Universal Joint, Greatest Hits

MVP's: Tommy Redd's open jam

Open Eye Cafe: Chris Wimberley

The Pour House: Straight 8s

Six String Cafe: Bluegrass Experience

Sushi Blues: Dejavu 80s with DJ Cutlass

Weathervane: 5 pm: Frankie Alexander

Music Related
Facilitated Drum Circle: Wed, Jul 28, 7:30 pm: All ages, all levels. Drums for loan. Music Explorium, 403 Weaver St, Carrboro. 969-8400. Donations accepted.

Play with the Pros: Call for teenage and adult orchestral musicians of moderate to advanced skill, to perform with NC Symphony on Sep 2 at Regency Park Amphitheatre. Registration free for Cary residents, $5 non-Cary. 469-4061. Deadline Jul 30.

Traditional Music Jam: First & Third Wednesdays, 7-9 pm: Presented by High Strung Violins & Guitars. All levels, traditions welcome. 718 Ninth St, Durham. 286-3801.

Carolina Mountain Dulcimer Players: Third Thursdays, 7 pm: Fretted dulcimer players of all skill levels welcome. Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. 919-5359 or shirleyray@aol.com.

Carolina Samba School: Saturdays, 10:30 am: Open to new members. Eduardo de Souza teaching Rio samba, pagode and Bahia styles. 105 Standing Rock Rd, Chapel Hill. 544-5451. $10.

Open Celtic Music Jam: Saturdays, 5-7 pm: Celtic Wonders, 118 A E Main St, Carrboro. 933-6933, www.celticwonders2000.com.

Universal Chanting: Third Sundays, 7-9 pm: Chants and songs of many spiritual traditions. No singing experience necessary. Near Governor's Club, south of Chapel Hill. 968-8440, www.universalchanting.com.

Raleigh Drum Circle: Mondays, 7-9 pm: No experience necessary, loaner drums usually available. Lake Johnson Park, 4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh. 513-2905, launch.groups.yahoo.com/ group/raleighdrumcircle. $2.

Acoustic Pickin' Circle: Tuesdays, 8-10 pm: Sponsored by Piedmont Stringed Instruments. Crowley's Mini-Mart Billiards, 3055 Medlin Dr, Raleigh. 782-2955.

Music Maker Relief Foundation: Help keep the bluest of the blues alive! To find out how you can help the organization that works with the forgotten heroes and pioneers of Southern musical traditions, call 643-2456, visit www.musicmaker.org, or e-mail volunteers@musicmaker.org.

NC Pride Marching Band: Looking for LGBTQS marching and non-marching musicians of all levels. Next performances in August and October. P.O. Box 72212, Durham, NC 27712. 919-477-3943, NCPMB@aol.com.

WNCU Jazz Calendar: List your jazz event at www.wncu.org. Contact Edith Thorpe at 530-6122 or ethorpe@wpo.nccu.com with questions.

Thu, Aug 5
April + George: Fruta with DJ Keith

Brewery: 3 Bands, 3 Bucks

The Cave: early: Brad Passons; 10 pm: Stephanie's Id, Destroyed by Kittens

De La Luz @ Temple Ball: Royden, Ashwin, buckthorne superstar

Federal: Federal Soul with DJ Marco

42nd St. Oyster Bar: Wildmen from Borneo

Gino Russo's: Magic Pipers

Go! Room 4: El Pus

Hi 5: Crush

Jax Sports Grill: Shigas

Legends: Darkwave-Industrial with DJ Joey

Local 506: Triple Ts with DJ Mothersbrothers

Lounge at Cosmic Cantina: 10 pm: open mic; 1 am: DJ with freestyle open mic

Martin Street Music Hall: Martha Quynn's Living Room with DJ Blake

Montas: Grooves After Seven

MVP's: All blues jam with Lonesome George

Open Eye Cafe: Mary Bue

The Pour House: Alive After Nine open mic jam

Six String Cafe: Alysson Light

Spartacus Grille: jazz

Sushi Blues: Raw with LeMoore

Talk of the Town: The Quiet Moment

Tony's Bourbon Street: Robert White's Dance Party

Weathervane: 5 pm: Chris Frank

CONCERTS

The Tim Smith Band: 6-8 pm: Original Jamaican-style ska and reggae. Weaver St Market After Hours. On the lawn at 101 E Weaver St, Carrboro. 929-0010 x115.

Fri, Aug 6
Abyssinia: African Caribbean Night

Bogart's: Magic Pipers

The Brewery: Piece by Piece

Burkenstocks Bar & Grill: Cadillac Stepback

Cafe Cyclo: Spin with LeMoore

Cat's Cradle: Iris Dement

The Cave: early: Peter Waggoner; 10 pm: Memphis

De La Luz @ Temple Ball: Alysson Light, Common Rotation

Durham Arts Initiative: Jaguaro, Midnight Gladness Band

Fat Daddy's: Lil Dave

42nd St. Oyster Bar: Astor's Cane

Gino Russo's: Crush

Go! Room 4: The Minders, North Elementary

Legends: DJ Joey

The Library: Brooklyn Nights with KidAG

Lincoln Theatre: Squeezetoy

Lounge at Cosmic Cantina: 10 pm: open mic; 1 am: DJ with freestyle open mic

Michael Dean's: Mojo Band

Montas: Fiesta Tropical

MVP's: Straight No Chaser

Open Eye Cafe: Nancy Dragotta

The Pour House: Runaway Cab, Parmalee

Sadlack's: Shakin' Sherman & The DTs

Sidelines: Tribe

The Sirens Lounge: DJ Andre

Six String Cafe: Jonathan Byrd, Ed Snodderly

Tony's Bourbon Street: EG Peters Band

Vin Rouge: Rah Bickley and the Lost in the Stars Trio

Washington Duke Inn: Chris Reynolds Swing 'N' Jazz Trio with Ric Keena

Weathervane: 5 pm: Eddie Paolantonio

CONCERTS

Kickin Grass: 5-7 pm: Contemporary Carolina bluegrass with traditional roots. Fridays on the Front Porch Series. Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill. 918-2722. Free.

Barenaked Ladies and Alanis Morissette: 7 pm: Au Naturale tour. Alltel Pavilion, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh. 831-6666, www.alltelpavilion.com. $21.50-48.

Donovan Carless & The Posse: 7 pm: Reggae music and screening of The Harder They Come. NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 715-5923, www.ncartmuseum.org. $12, $5 children 2-12.

Jazz at The Know: 7-10 pm: Weekly jazz jam hosted by jazz writer and announcer Larry Thomas. 2520 Fayetteville St, Durham. 682-7228. $5.

Jeff Hart & The Ruins: 7 pm: With The Frosted Sugar Bombs. Bynum Music Series. Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Rd, 10 miles south of Chapel Hill off Hwy 15-501. 542-1858. $3-7 suggested donation.

Chatham County Line, Bluemont Road, Polecat Creek: 8-11 pm: Bluegrass triple bill! Fowler's Porch & Garage Music Series. 112 S Duke St, Durham. 683-2555, www.team1512. com. $10.

Jaafar: 8 pm: Middle-Eastern jazz/Arabic/funk fusion with bass, oud, keys, dumbek, double-neck guitar, drum. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, www.artscenterlive.org. $12, $10 ArtsCenter Friends.

Sat, Aug 7
Abyssinia: African Caribbean Night

April + George: Worldbeat with DJ Steve

Babette's: Cyndra Fyore

Bogart's: Super Glide

Cafe Cyclo: Merge

Cat's Cradle: Dillon Fence, Hobex, The Never

The Cave: early: The Shelbys; 10 pm: The Spinns, Taylor & The Puss

Fat Daddy's: Tread

42nd St. Oyster Bar: Fat Daddy

Gino Russo's: Time Machine

Legends: House & techno with DJ Joey

Lincoln Theatre: The Cardinal Effect, The Fifth Element, Shadows of the Mind, Infected

Local 506: Ren Elvis

Lounge at Cosmic Cantina: 10 pm: open mic; 1 am: DJ with freestyle open mic

Michael Dean's: Wildmen from Borneo

Montas: EuroLatin Nights

Open Eye Cafe: The Broken Petals

The Pour House: 7 pm: Twang Bang '04: Randy Whitt & The Grits, Old Habits, Frog Holler, Hooverville, Steve Howell Band, Hank Sinatra

Sadlack's: Jamie Bullock Band

Six String Cafe: Vaughan Penn

The Sirens Lounge: DJ Pitt

Tony's Bourbon Street: Plaid Cowboys

Vineyard Cafe: James Byron

CONCERTS

Alloy Orchestra: 7 pm: Electronica and "rack of junk" (such as musical saws) and screening of Speedy. NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. 715-5923, www.ncartmuseum.org. $12, $9 members, $5 children 2-12.

Wishful Thinking: 7-9 pm: Top 40s rock and pop. Waterfront Concert Series at Lake Johnson. 4600 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh. 622-5704. $5.

The Big Throwdown Tour: 7:30 pm: Toby Keith with Terri Clark and Scotty Emerick. Alltel Pavilion, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh. 831-6666, www.alltelpavilion.com. $28.75-60.75.

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: 8 pm: Eight-piece swing & jump blues band performing classics and originals. Swing dance lesson 7-8 pm. Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. Advance tix at www. TriangleSwingDance.org, $17 at door.

Usher: 8 pm: The Truth tour, with Kanye West. RBC Center, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh. 861.2323, www.RBCcenter.com. $30-55.

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