Greensboro’s Laurelyn Dossett always has a ton of cool projects going at once. There’s “The Gathering,” her folksy song cycle that will play various area stages during the holiday season; and, more immediately, “The Collide,” an intriguing collaboration with Haitian-American violinist DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain), who has previously worked with everyone from Lady Gaga to Philip Glass. “The Collide” meshes Dossett’s song-based sensibility with DBR’s groove-first approach, meeting somewhere in between on a dozen songs about The Old North State. They’ll play songs from it live at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books, a free performance ( quailridgebooks.com for details); and at 8 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State’s Stewart Theatre in Raleigh. Tickets are $5-$30. See ncsu.edu/arts for details.