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.
- Other highlights: • Elsewhere Friday: Delta Rae plays a hometown show at Durham’s Carolina Theatre; venerable bar band NRBQ is at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre; V-Roys alumni Scott Miller and Mic Harrison play the Casbah in Durham; old-timer Pokey LaFarge plays Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe; Jeff Hart and friends play a George Harrison tribute show, “Handle With Care,” at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle to benefit SECU Family House; and Mighty Clouds of Joy open a two-night run at Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center. • Furthermore: Saturday brings Fight the Big Bull’s Matthew E. White to Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom on a fine bill with Midtown Dickens; the late Jim Croce’s son A.J. Croce, an amazing singer himself, is at the Carrboro ArtsCenter Sunday; also Sunday, David Bazan plays his old band Pedro the Lion’s 2002 album “Control” at the Cradle.